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.

 

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

October, 2018

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

September, 2018

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

August, 2018

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

July, 2018

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

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…

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. The briefing was moderated by Dr. Alma Golden, Deputy Assistant Administrator, USAID Bureau for Global Health (shown at…

CCIH Advocates Take Message to Capitol Hill

Immediately following the conference on July 16, 2018 three groups of CCIH members went to Capitol Hill to advocate for global health and development programs and to discuss the vital role of faith-based organizations in providing care. The three teams had representatives from five U.S. states and eight…