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.

 

Advocacy Resources

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.


Issues & Actions

May, 2018

Food Security and Nutrition FY 2019

CCIH’s Executive Director and Executive Director Emeritus joined other people of faith in signing a letter to U.S. Senate and House leaders to thank them for their leadership on global food security and nutrition, and to urge them to protect critical funding for these programs in the FY 2019 State and Foreign Operations appropriations bill. The letter expresses our concern about the health of vulnerable populations worldwide, and our realization that American leadership is needed now more than ever as we face an unprecedented global challenge of four potential famines, and more than 65 million displaced persons worldwide. The letter expresses our concern about the steep cuts to global food security and nutrition programs in the President’s FY 2019 budget request, specifically a severe cut to the Nutrition sub-account within the Global Health Programs of USAID.

See The Letter

February, 2018

Advocating for Full Funding in FY 2019 for PFDA

CCIH joined members and partners of InterAction to urge support for full funding in Fiscal Year 2019 for poverty-focused international development and humanitarian assistance accounts at no less than the levels that reflect the minimum requirements needed to maintain American leadership in these vital areas, and could be achieved with an International Affairs Budget of $59.1 billion.

See The Letter

November, 2017

Protecting US International Family Planning Assistance

CCIH joined the Faith-Based Coalition for Healthy Mothers and Children Worldwide in signing a letter to the leadership of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives committees with jurisdiction over State and Foreign Operations Appropriations accounts to express our support for the Senate level of funding for international family planning. The letter expresses that when women and girls lack access to the education and resources they need to create a healthy plan for becoming mothers, the result is tragic—303,000 women in developing nations die from preventable complications during childbirth, and 5.9 million children die before their fifth birthday each year. An investment in family planning is an investment that saves lives, particularly in areas of conflict and instability.

See The Letter

November, 2015

International Family Planning Support

CCIH joined a number of faith–based organizations and people of faith in signing a letter sponsored by Hope Through Healing Hands urging the U.S. Senate and House of Representative Appropriations Committees to fund international family planning at the level included in the Senate State Foreign Operations appropriations bill, as family planning protects the health of mothers and children by helping families safely time and space pregnancies.

See The Letter

Advocacy Stories

Advocacy Day 2013: Global Health Advocates “Tell it from the Heart”

A little rain and waves of tourists didn’t deter Joy Mukaire of the Christian Health Association of South Sudan from her goal of sharing a very important message on Capitol Hill in June 2013. “The message I wanted to put across was that women’s health is at stake….

Advocacy Day 2014

    The advocates were divided into small groups and visited 26 Capitol Hill offices, including the offices of 19 Republicans and seven Democrats. They shared their personal stories of the positive impacts of U.S. foreign assistance and the support among Christians for international family planning for improved…

Christian Global Health Advocates Visit Capitol Hill

On June 29, 2015, 25 advocates from 11 different nations visited Capitol Hill to express their appreciation for U.S. support for global health programs, and share their experiences regarding the critical role faith groups play in health around the globe. Advocates came from Benin, Cameroon, Kenya, Liberia, Nepal,…

Students Meet with U.S. Congressmen and Staff to Share Christian Perspective

Liberty University student Olubunmi Sharon Obayemi said she always wanted to be a Christian voice encouraging U.S. leaders to support health care for women and children in need. In October 2015 she got her chance when she came to Washington, DC along with other Liberty students participating in…

CCIH Brings Christian Global Health Work to Capitol Hill

Following the conference on June 20, 2016, three teams of CCIH advocates visited offices on Capitol Hill to discuss the importance of U.S. foreign assistance and the work of Christian organizations in global health. One team visited the offices of Representative Dave Rouzer (R-N.C.), Senator James Lankford (R-Tex.),…

Scripture Motivates Young Advocate to Visit Congress

Love is not just sympathizing with the miseries of others, instead it means making every effort to alleviate their suffering. – Olushola Ogunleye, Liberty University Student and CCIH Advocate The account in Matthew 15:32-39 is one of many places in scripture that inspired Liberty University student Olushola Ogunleye…