Capitol Hill Briefing on Healthy Families and the Role of Faith Communities
CCIH held a briefing on Capitol Hill on Healthy Families and Communities and the Role of Faith Communities on July 17, 2018 following the CCIH Annual Conference and Advocacy Day. Read More
Current Issues and Actions
CCIH is working with its members, other Christians and people of faith, and the US Congress to gain support for increased US commitment and funding for international health services around the world.
CCIH members share the value of U.S. foreign assistance and why advocating and speaking out for those without a voice is important to them as Christians:
REACH Act Resource: Fact Sheet from World Vision
The REACH EVERY MOTHER AND CHILD ACT (S. 1730, H.R. 4022) will bring solutions that work to the mothers and children with the greatest need. If passed, this legislation will set ambitious goals – helping achieve the U.S. commitment of ending preventable maternal, newborn, and child deaths by 2035. This fact sheet from World Vision explains the need for the Act, how it will help, and exactly what to ask your U.S. representative. CCIH and other faith-based partners have sent a letter of support for this bill to the U.S. Congress.
Moral Imperative Statement
CCIH signed onto “Results for Children: The Moral Imperative’s Core Message for Action to Secure Well-being” presented at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund’s annual meeting in Indonesia, in October 2018. CCIH is a member of the Moral Imperative to End Extreme Poverty, which was first convened in 2015 to bring together religious and faith-based organizations and the World Bank Group into a broad forum to advance a faith-based action framework to end Extreme Poverty and Realize Sustainable Development Goals. The work of the Moral Imperative is organized around three pillars: Evidence, Advocacy and Collaboration, each with a Corresponding Working Group.
Other CCIH members who also participated and signed onto this call for the World Bank to focus on outcomes for early childhood include: Christian Health Association of Kenya, Christian Journal for Global Health, Episcopal Relief & Development, IMA World Health, and World Relief.See The Statement
PEPFAR Extension Act
The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has been introduced in the U.S. Congress for reauthorization. CCIH has joined other groups and signed on to a global health community letter in support of the legislation.See The Letter
Faith-Based Coalition for Global Nutrition FY 2019 Request
CCIH joined others in the faith community in signing a letter to the leadership of the U.S. Senate and House Appropriations Committees and State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee thanking them for their leadership on global food security and nutrition, and commitment to protect and strengthen critical funding for programs that curb hunger and malnutrition in the FY 2019 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (SFOPS) appropriations bill. The letter stated that our faith compels us to work to eliminate the structural causes of hunger, malnutrition, and poverty, and to promote improved health and development for the world’s poorest. The letter requested that funding levels in the FY 2019 SFOPS bill will fund the Nutrition sub-account at the $145 million level included in the House SFOPS bill because investments in nutrition are the most cost-effective way to ensure children have a chance to survive and thrive, as malnutrition is responsible for almost half of all deaths of children under the age of five.See The Letter
FY 2019: Support for Global Health and Related Programs
CCIH joined 27 other faith-based organizations in signing a letter to the leadership of the U.S. Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs expressing our appreciation for their support and urging them to provide the maximum level of funding possible to vital programs that alleviate suffering for people living in extreme poverty. The letter requested funding for Global Health, Disaster Assistance, Development Assistance, Migration and Refugee Assistance, and the Complex Crisis Fund.See The Letter