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.
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
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
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
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