CCIH Monthly Bulletin

March 2009

 

1. CCIH AND MEMBER NEWS

CCIH 2009 ANNUAL CONFERENCE IS MAY 23-25 - TECHNOLOGIES AND HEALTH: A FAITH-BASED PERSPECTIVE

The CCIH 2009 Annual Conference will be May 23-25. We are once again holding it at the Bishop Claggett Center (http://www.bishopclaggett.org), an Episcopal conference center located just outside of Frederick, Maryland and about an hour's drive north of Washington DC. The Claggett Center offers dorm and cottage accommodations and meals on campus and plenty of meeting spaces.

REGISTRATION FOR THE CONFERENCE IS NOW OPEN!

Register early - prices increase after May 12!

The General Registration can be found at http://www.ccih.org/conferences/May2009/reg/ccih_2009_registration_form.html.

The Scholarship Registration can be found at http://www.ccih.org/conferences/May2009/sch/ccih_2009_scholarship_registration_form.html.

A General Information Document about the conference can be found at http://www.ccih.org/conferences/May2009/General_Conference_Info_CCIH09.doc.

Register now for the CCIH Conference. The General and Scholarship registration forms are also available on the CCIH homepage.

Have you marked your calendar? Made your travel plans?

Remember - the CCIH Conference takes place over the Memorial Day weekend and prices for transport will go up as we get closer to the date, so make your bookings now and save!

Are you ready for the CCIH Conference Experience? For many CCIH members and friends the yearly conference in May is an opportunity to combine their professional lives and their faith in a relaxed setting where the dress is casual, the atmosphere is retreat-like and the participants represent the diversity of the CCIH membership in age, nationality, religious affiliation, interests and experience. For the better part of three days the community that will gather at the Bishop Claggett Center (http://www.bishopclaggett.org) in Buckeystown, Maryland will share their talents, their faith and their work. They will debate issues, learn about best practices, hear about successes, failures and challenges, and be exposed to the wealth of experiences and history that their fellow participants bring with them. They will share a common passion for international health while at the same time acknowledging and learning to accept their differences. Please join us and be a part of this experience!

The theme of this year's conference is Technologies and Health: A Faith-Based Perspective. Although sessions will cover a wide range of topics representing the broad interests of the CCIH constituency, quite a few sessions will discuss, from the point of view of the faith community, how technology affects health and development. The faith community has played, and continues to play, a major role in the delivery of health care around the world. The issue of the use of technology is therefore extremely relevant and raises many questions such as:

  • What is the biblical perspective on technology?
  • What role should Christians play in the promotion and dissemination of technology?
  • How does the Christian worldview determine choices in the use of technology?
  • What considerations need to be made when applying technology in resource poor settings?
  • What are the consequences of separating health systems from the Christian values and religious systems that shaped them?

These and other questions will be discussed as we debate what roles and responses we as Christians should have with regards to the constantly changing technological landscape. From the initial responses we have had, we can see that this is not an area where everyone will agree. There may be some differences of opinion but the goal is to provide a welcoming environment where these differences can be discussed and where a common ground can be found.

Call For Information on Companies Involved in Technology

CCIH would be interested in involving technology companies in the discussion on technologies and health at CCIH 2009 Annual Conference. For example, we would like to hear your experiences and lessons learned concerning topics such as:

  • How to identify the right technologies you need to reach your goals
  • How to research the supplier market to find the right product/service
  • How to communicate and negotiate with technology companies
  • How to finalize contracts and maintain a good relationship with the product/service supplier

If you have contact with or partnered with technology companies on international health projects, or know someone who has, please let us know. We would be happy to learn about your experiences. Please send your information to Sharon.

Please Sponsor your Employees and Partners Overseas to Attend the Conference

Every year the CCIH Annual Conference has been blessed with the presence of participants who travel from overseas to share their ideas, their knowledge and their work with us. Won't you consider sponsoring one or two of your overseas employees or partners to attend the CCIH Conference? Not only will you be enriching our experience as a network but you will also be building the capacity of these individuals and their organizations. Last year we had overseas participants from US-based organizational members Compassion International (from Bolivia and Kenya) and Emmanuel Hospital Association (India). This year we already have a commitment from IMA World Health to bring a participant from Tanzania. We also have several of our overseas organizational members who are planning to attend the conference - perhaps you might consider assisting them with the cost of traveling to the US.

Please be aware that those coming from overseas who need visas will need to get letters of invitation to support their visa applications. Please contact Sharon for more information on this.

Conference Scholarships: We need your help!

Who and Why? Every year CCIH offers quite a few scholarships to members who are students, recent graduates and overseas professionals and some reductions in fees to members on a limited income. At the 2008 Annual Conference, over 40 people received scholarships or reduced fees. We try to keep our costs to a minimum in order to maximize participation but there are still people who find the cost of the conference beyond their reach. We believe that one of the strengths of our conference, and indeed our network, is the wide diversity within our community. By offering scholarships we encourage that diversity and the conference is enriched by those who otherwise could not have come. Scholarships waive the conference fees and cover half of the cost of meals and accommodation. If you, or someone you know, would like to request a scholarship, please contact Sharon at sfranzen@ccih.org.

Sponsorship Needed: You may be asking, how can CCIH afford to offer these scholarships? That is where you come in! We are looking for individuals and organizations to sponsor our Scholarship program by donating to CCIH for that purpose. Every amount, no matter how big or small, will be appreciated and will be used to offset scholarship costs. Please contact Ray (martinrs@aol.com) or Sharon (sfranzen@ccih.org) if you would like to help in this way.

Need more information? Please watch the CCIH website for conference updates or contact Sharon (sfranzen@ccih.org) or Planning Committee Chairperson, Laura van Vuuren (lvanvuuren@medicalteams.org) for information.

 

PRE-CONFERENCES TO THE CCIH ANNUAL CONFERENCE TO BE HELD ON MAY 23

This year CCIH will be offering two Pre-conferences on the morning of Saturday, May 23, from 8:30-12:30. These are described below. You can register for these sessions using the Annual Conference registration forms. The cost for a Pre-Conference is $30 for general registrants and $15 for scholarship registrants.

Anyone wishing to attend a Pre-conference should register early if they plan on arriving at the Claggett Center on Friday night. There are a very limited number of beds available on Friday. Alternatively, and particularly if you are coming in a group, you might want to book a nearby hotel room for Friday night and then move over to the Claggett campus on Saturday. For those arriving on Saturday morning for a Pre-conference, if you would like to join the others for breakfast at the center from 7:45-8:30, you must register for it. If there are any questions, please contact Sharon at sfranzen@ccih.org.

1) Integrating Family Planning into Faith-Based HIV/AIDS Programs This Pre-conference is being organized by CCIH Affiliate Family Health International (http://www.fhi.org) in collaboration with the CCIH Family Planning/Reproductive Health Working Group.

Description: With increased access to antiretroviral (ARV) therapy, and the resulting improvements in health, many clients with HIV are reconsidering their reproductive options — some are deciding whether to have children, and others are resuming sexual activity while wanting to avoid pregnancy. As a result, demand for family planning among clients with HIV — especially those on ARV therapy — has increased. Wanting to respond to these needs, CCIH members requested training and materials to improve access to family planning for their clients. At this skills-building workshop sponsored by Family Health International, participants will learn program strategies for integrating family planning with HIV prevention, care and treatment, and will build their knowledge and skills for providing family planning to people with HIV.

2) Innovations in Monitoring & Evaluation: How to use M&E to improve performance This Pre-conference will be presented by Dr. Elvira Beracochea, President of CCIH Affiliate MIDEGO (http://www.midego.com).

Description: Measure it or forget it! If you cannot show your work is making a difference, your work is in vain. Learn to design and use the Value-Added Analysis, the Health Scorecard and other tools to measure your progress in public health and make decisions about how to improve your programs. Have information to show your government and donors the return on their investment in health and why you need increased funding to do more. In this mini-workshop, participants will learn new ways to:  

    • Improve your M&E performance today
    • Identify opportunities to improve public health programs using M&E tools
    • Measure if you deliver quality health services
    • Use M&E to get support for your public health programs
    • Use M&E information to innovate and deliver an outstanding performance every day
    • Design an M&E system that works in public health
    • Put all the pieces of the puzzle together

Participants will also be offered a free 30 minute phone coaching session to apply what they learned to their unique situation and plan action steps to improve their M&E programs.

 

CCIH INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS HAVE ACCESS TO FREE GLOBAL HEALTH COUNCIL MEMBERSHIP

This is a repeat announcement for INDIVIDUAL members, in case you missed it last month

For all of our individual members who have been putting off membership in the Global Health Council because of the cost – we have an answer to your dilemma! CCIH values membership in the GHC - in fact, CCIH grew out of the predecessor to the GHC, the National Council for International Health. So, we have recently reached an agreement with the GHC that individual membership in CCIH will qualify you to join the Global Health Council at no cost.

This news will be particularly welcome for those of you who would like to register for the Global Health Council Conference (May 26-30) as members in order to save money. Early registration for the GHC Conference ends on March 27.

Please contact Sharon at sfranzen@ccih.org to receive instructions on how you can join the GHC through CCIH. Remember: you must be a current paid up individual member of CCIH so you may need to bring your CCIH membership up to date before you can join the GHC. A special note to students – you need to become an individual member of CCIH to qualify for this special benefit. Membership in a CCIH student member organization does not meet this requirement.

 

CCIH BOARD OF DIRECTORS TO HOLD FIRST BOARD MEETING OF 2009

The CCIH Board of Directors will be holding its first of three 2009 meetings on April 13 in Washington, DC. On the agenda is the 2009 budget, fundraising, membership dues and nominations for the 2009-2010 board as well as other items.

The Board welcomes comments and suggestions from the CCIH community for inclusion in the meeting discussions. Please feel free to contact Executive Director Ray Martin (martinrs@aol.com) or Board President Milton Amayun (iaimilton@aol.com) or any board member (http://ccih.org/about/contact.htm) prior to the meeting.

 

ELECTIONS TO CCIH BOARD OF DIRECTORS - INVITATION FOR NOMINATIONS

The Nominations Committee of the CCIH Board of Directors will soon be emailing to all current CCIH members an invitation to submit nominations for the 2009 elections to the Board of Directors. Any CCIH member may nominate himself or herself, or any other current CCIH member or employee of a CCIH organizational member. Nomination of individuals with experience in institutional development and fundraising is especially encouraged.  If you represent an organizational member, think about colleagues who may not have been involved previously with CCIH, but may be able to strengthen the board with these skill sets.

The following positions will be on the ballot this year:

  1. Vice-President (incumbent Laura van Vuuren)
  2. Secretary (incumbent Bram Bailey)
  3. Member-at-large (incumbent Dorothy Brewster-Lee)
  4. Member-at-large (incumbent Jacqui Patterson)
  5. Member-at-large (incumbent Howard Searle)
  6. Member-at-large (incumbent Douglas Huber)
  7. Member-at-large, student position (incumbent Michelle Fraser, who was elected to this position by the Board of Directors to fill a vacancy)

Board members serve a two-year term, except that the student member-at-large position will be for a one-year term.  Attendance at the three annual board meetings is expected, and participation in CCIH working groups and other activities is encouraged. After the nominations are vetted and the slate finalized, the ballot will be sent by email to all CCIH members in April. Questions or nominations can be sent to Emily Chambers, chair of the Nominations Committee, at  emilychambers@gmail.com

 

REPORT OF FAMILY PLANNING & REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH SURVEY NOW AVAILABLE

Recent CCIH bulletins have reported on the 2008 CCIH study report entitled International Family Planning: Christian Actions and Attitudes – A Survey of Christian Connections for International Health Member Organizations. The survey and report are the work of the CCIH Family Planning/Reproductive Health Working Group FP/RH WG). The findings of the survey document that despite the sensitivities of this topic, CCIH members generally have a favorable view of family planning, and many would like to expand their programs if additional resources became available. The final report can be downloaded online from http://www.ccih.org/Working_Groups/FP-RH_Survey_index.htm, and hard copies can be obtained by emailing ccih@ccih.org. Questions and comments concerning the report can be directed at Dr. Douglas Huber, CCIH Board member and the Principal Investigator of the survey, at douglashuber777@yahoo.com.

Interest in family planning has been gaining more momentum. See below #43 for a discussion on two recent reports that call for more effort and funding on international family planning programming.

 

STUDENT "IN TOUCH" INTERVIEW SERIES UP AND RUNNING

In February 2009 CCIH launched an interview series designed to provide topical information for students that will help them as they plan their future in international health and development. CCIH puts students "in touch" with Christian health and development professionals and educators through one-on-one interviews, asking the questions which students would ask, if they had the chance. In fact, students are encouraged to send in questions that they would like answers to.

The interviews are posted online on the CCIH blog at http://ccihstu.blogspot.com. So far there are interviews from

  • Linda Bales, Director, United Methodist Church Louise and Hugh Moore Population Project;
  • Roland Hoksbergen, Professor of Economics, Director of International Development Studies Program, Calvin College; and
  • Carl Stecker, Senior Technical Advisor, Catholic Relief Services.

Conducted by CCIH Student Outreach Coordinator, Evelyn Yang Garland, these interviews are interesting and insightful. Evelyn's questions provide the canvas on which these professionals paint a picture about their life experiences and knowledge including what brought them to work in the international arena, what their studies were like, how they got started, tips about finding and filling open positions in organizations, etc. It is not some dry factual interview but more like a casual conversation that you just happen to be included in. And what a treat to gain those tidbits of knowledge that you would not be privy to otherwise!

So, take the time to visit the blog. If you are a student and have a question that you would like Evelyn to ask - please contact her at eyang@ccih.org.

 

CCIH NEWSLETTER FOR STUDENTS AND RECENT GRADUATES

Student Outreach Coordinator Evelyn Yang Garland has begun producing a monthly newsletter targeted to students and recent graduates. If you are interested in receiving this newsletter or in submitting student-specific information to be included in it, please contact Evelyn at eyang@ccih.org.

 

CCIH INCREASES ITS CONNECTIONS WITH AFRICAN CHRISTIAN HEALTH ASSOCIATIONS

In February 2009, CCIH Board President Milton Amayun and Executive Director Ray Martin participated in the Biennial Conference of the African Christian Health Associations (CHAs) in Kampala, Uganda. Milton also presented a workshop on the Global Fund. The CCIH Board has made a commitment to increasing its relationship with the CHAs, so it encouraged and authorized Ray and Milton to attend the conference. While there, they were able to meet with representatives from 17 African countries. (see #39 below for an account of the conference)

The Kampala conference was very fruitful for CCIH’s recruitment of new organizational members. Although several CHAs are already CCIH members or have already applied for membership (Churches Health Association of Zambia, Zimbabwe Association of Church Related Hospitals, Christian Health Association of Kenya, Christian Social Services Commission of Tanzania, Christian Health Association of Sudan), ten new ones applied for membership. This should strengthen the capacity of African CHAs to work through CCIH’s extensive network of Christian health FBOs, and enhance CCIH’s capacity to represent and promote the interests of Africans “promoting international health and wholeness from a Christian perspective.”

 

HOSPIVISION DESCRIBES THEIR APPROACH TO SPIRITUAL COUNSELING FOR AIDS AND CANCER PATIENTS IN SOUTH AFRICA

CCIH organized a March 13 brownbag presentation at the Global Health Council in Washington, DC, where HospiVision (http://hospivision.org.za), a CCIH member based in South Africa, described their model of providing spiritual and emotional support, care and counseling to individuals and families struggling with AIDS and other chronic, life threatening conditions.

Their vision is to "touch the lives of sick people and those around them on a national basis and to give them living hope through spiritual care and counseling."

Their mission is to "facilitate the establishment of sustainable integrated structures which reach out to and service of the sick, the vulnerable and the disadvantaged, their families and those who care for them. Though a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as the risen Lord, people are empowered towards victory in the face of adversity."

HospiVision was established in 1997 by a group of concerned individuals who felt the need for an organization which could effectively address the spiritual needs associated with illness, hospitalization and life threatening diseases. It was established initially in Pretoria, South Africa, and has since expanded to many other areas. They believe their model would be applicable in other countries.

They pursue their mission by:

  • Providing emotional, social, spiritual and physical support and trauma counseling to patients and families in hospital.
  • Counseling (including pre- and post test) and support for people living with HIV & AIDS and their families as well as training for care-givers.
  • Supporting children in health crisis and infected or affected by HIV & AIDS in the family.
  • Supporting medical & paramedical personnel and care-givers through special programmes.
  • Facilitating a valuable volunteer services programme to assist in the above.
  • Providing training for those who wish to become involved in caring and/or wish to start their own ministry.

One of their tools is the Choose Life program, a spiritual, ethical, and value based program that promotes positive value based lifestyle choices with the aim of reducing the risk of HIV infection and ultimately changing behavior.

Their ministry is supported by a wide range of concerned people, churches and organizations. They find that one challenge is that public health-oriented donors often prefer to fund service delivery programs focusing on physical challenges and less so on mental or spiritual health needs.

The presenters at the meeting at the GHC were Heleen Heydenreich, heleenh@hospivision.org.za, a clinical therapist, and Ilse Gravett, ilseg@hospivision.org.za, a HospiVision founder and head of the program in the Pretoria Academic Hospital.

 

SERVING PRISONERS AND AIDS PATIENTS IN CAMBODIA

Dr. Cynthia Calla, Executive Director of CCIH member LifeRise AIDS Resources (http://www.liferise.org), recently visited Cambodia where she had served as an Assemblies of God (AG) missionary in the 1990s. LifeRise supports a ministry among prisoners in Cambodia that began when she lived there. The AG health workers visit and minister to the sick prisoners. Cynthia brought HIV test kits for them and trained them in testing and counseling. LifeRise also supported a palliative care project with a 2008 grant of $1000. It provides home visits and physical, emotional and spiritual care for people in the community and in the prison.

The support of LifeRise reaches to other places in the world also where it meets the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of individuals wounded from HIV/AIDS through service delivery projects in the areas of prevention, treatment, and care. This involves the direct delivery of practical health and social services to beneficiaries through grassroots evangelical Christian partners in developing countries. The partners, who by their presence in their communities encounter those who suffer because of HIV close at hand and are poised to provide care, conduct the projects while LifeRise supports them with funding and technical assistance. For example, after careful planning and screening, LifeRise AIDS Resources will soon begin to provide small grants and/or technical assistance to grass roots evangelical Christian partners to care for orphan and vulnerable children in family- and community-based projects in 3 African countries – Ethiopia, Kenya, and Mozambique.

 

BLESSINGS INTERNATIONAL GRATEFUL FOR INCREASED WORK LOAD

CCIH member Blessings International (BI, http://www.blessing.org), based in Tulsa ,Oklahoma, was founded in 1981 by Harold and Linda Harder to serve as a source of pharmaceuticals, vitamins, and medical supplies for clinics and hospitals in developing nations that serve indigent populations and short-term medical teams that travel to such sites to provide donated medical services. Blessings International also has its own benevolent projects, which typically involves the provision of pharmaceuticals to locations of special need and or disaster relief in addition to providing medicines for the efforts of other organizations. Their work takes them around the world to places like Nicaragua, Iraq, Southern Sudan, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Liberia and North Korea.

The work of Blessings International involves:

  • Providing Medicines and Medical Supplies - By working through church based ministries in developing nations throughout the world, Blessings International offers assistance through the provision of essential medicines and of hope for a better future.
  • Disaster Relief - BI receives donated pharmaceuticals and medical supplies and distributes them when needed in disaster areas.
  • Development - BI supports various indigenous ministries around the world through capacity building, providing donated pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, and training. Blessings International is invested in developing trusting relationships with small, Christian non-governmental organizations that in the long term will have a lasting impact in the respective country.
  • HIV/AIDS Clinics – BI has recently committed itself to assisting with the world-wide HIV/AIDS global crisis.
  • Other Benevolence Projects – BI also invested in one-time projects when provided with special opportunities and funding. Most recently BI has been involved in providing pharmaceuticals for new church based clinics in Iraq as well as providing large quantities of purchased basic anti-tumor for the care of children suffering from readily treatable leukemia, lymphomas, and certain soft tissue tumors.

A visit to the Blessings International website will provide a wealth of information about the great variety of programs which the organization supports around the world while partnering with local Christians. These partnerships enable BI to reach areas that it would not reach otherwise. For example, because it already had an established relationship with the church and missionaries in Myanmar, BI was one of the first organizations responding to the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis in May 2008. In fact, Harold hand-carried supplies there directly just after he attended the 2008 CCIH Annual Conference. (see the BI newsletter articles at http://www.blessing.org/newsletters/V25N1-2008Myanmar.pdf.)

In the March 2009 Blessings International prayer letter, Harold and Linda give thanks for the fact that BI has been busier than ever in the first part of 2009. In fact, the largest number of shipments of any month was in January and the value of the medicines and vitamins shipped was greater than any month in the history of the organization. In these tough economic times, BI, instead of decreasing staff as some non-profits have had to do, actually hired an additional staff member to help with the processing and packing of shipments.

One of the places that the Harders traveled to in March was to Myanmar, where BI supports a Tuberculosis Direct Observation Treatment (DOT) program in one village and is beginning a similar program in two more villages. The hope is that the program will become a model which can be used in the larger area. The program is conducted by local church members. In these same two new villages, BI is also planning to establish an indoor residual spraying program (IRS) to combat mosquitoes that transmit both malaria and dengue fever.

 

RECENT CCIH LISTSERV MESSAGES

CCIH moderates four listservs: News, AIDS, ABCplus and Hospitals. Anyone can receive messages from these listservs by subscribing online at the CCIH website. As a service to our members who may not be on the listservs, we will be listing the most recent messages every month in the bulletin. An archive of messages sent from each listserv is accessible through the links listed below.

CCIH-News - http://www.ccih.org/pipermail/news_ccih.org

March 2009

  • CCIH Monthly Prayer Calendar - March 2009
  • Student-oriented Activities from CCIH
  • Lancet article - Medical missionaries deliver faith and health care in Africa
  • Employment Opportunity Announcement - Medical Teams international and IMA World Health
  • Pope on visit to Africa says Catholic Church can bring answers to poverty & AIDS
  • CCIH and its members involved in efforts to modernize US development assistance

February 2009

  • CCIH Monthly Prayer Calendar - February 2009
  • President Obama establishes Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
  • Invitation to join U.N.-moderated email dialogue on Global Public Health
  • Employment Opportunity and Availability Announcement
  • Employment Opportunity Announcement - IMA World Health
  • Employment Opportunity Announcement - Food for the Hungry
  • Upcoming Training Opportunities with CRHP in Jamkhed, India

CCIH-AIDS - http://www.ccih.org/pipermail/aids_ccih.org

March 2009

  • Tearfund report on Gender, HIV and the Church + AIDSPortal resources
  • The Pope's comment about condoms making the AIDS situation worse
  • Global AIDS program leaders assess progress and myths in global AIDS fight
  • CCIH member Ted Green defends Pope's comment on condoms in Washington Post

February 2009

  • Upcoming Training Opportunity - Global Health Action
  • New UNAIDS director sends message to CCIH seeking continued collaboration

CCIH-ABCplus - http://www.ccih.org/pipermail/abcplus_ccih.org

March 2009

  • The Pope's comment about condoms making the AIDS situation worse
  • UNAIDS promotes combination HIV prevention towards universal access goals
  • More comment, positive & negative, about the Pope's comments on condoms and AIDS
  • Dr. Edward (Ted) Green says criticism of Pope on condom comment is unfair
  • A Jesuit analysis and defense of the Pope's comment on condoms and AIDS
  • CCIH member Ted Green defends Pope's comment on condoms in Washington Post

February 2009

  • New UNAIDS director sends message to CCIH seeking continued collaboration

CCIH-Hospitals - http://www.ccih.org/pipermail/hospitals_ccih.org

February 2009

  • Churches' initiative leads to major hospital and community development in Benin

 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN THE CCIH COMMUNITY

As a service to CCIH Organizational and Individual Members and to CCIH Affiliates, we provide a section in our monthly informational dispatches devoted to publicizing jobs. Organizations are welcome and encouraged to announce positions for which they are recruiting. Individuals who are seeking positions for employment, internships, fellowships or other positions are invited to publicize their availability. These announcements will also be included in a message on the CCIH News listserv. Please send your announcements to Sharon Franzén at sfranzen@ccih.org.

Employment opportunity notices should provide general information about the open position(s) including location, job description, important desired qualifications and contact information. The notices should not be too long but can provide links to longer announcements. Availability notices by individuals should be short and provide appropriate contact information such as mailing address, email address, website, and/or phone number. Resumes can be included separately and will be linked to the announcement.

Individuals Seeking Positions

Lindsay Morgan is a policy analyst and writer for the Center for Global Development, a Washington D.C.-based think tank, and the World Bank. She has worked in communications for more than five years and has expertise in writing, editing, research and strategic communications in global health and development. Lindsay is looking for opportunities to apply these skills in an African context. She is particularly interested in helping the faith community bring the good work they do in developing countries to a larger, policy audience. Please contact Lindsay at LMorgan@cgdev.org .

Rev. John B. Sumo, Sr. (MPH candidate, MTh, MA, BSc) - Originally from Liberia, John is a multi-talented individual whose end desire is to use his skills to return to Africa and to serve in health ministry. He is currently studying for his MPH and is seeking short or long term internships or employment in order to gain hands-on experience in the areas of Global Health, environmental health, prevention and treatment of diseases and intercultural ministry. While he is completing his studies he is open to a position in the US in any of these fields. John is also an ordained minister trained in Pastoral Theology and Ministry with a focus on crisis and conflict resolution. For the past year he has coordinated an HIV/AIDS faith-based program in Minnesota. He has also worked with immigrant communities in several churches in multicultural ministry, HIV/AIDS awareness training, crisis in marriage and other ministries. He counts problem solving and counseling among his best skills. John also has skills in financial analysis and broadcast journalism. John may be contacted by telephone at 651-492-6308 (cell) or by email at jsumo001@luthersem.edu. John's resume can be viewed at http://www.ccih.org/bulletin/0109files/ResumeJBSumo_Jan09.doc.

Armand L. Utshudi is a Public Health professional who is also representing CCIH member organization Christian Relief and Development, Inc. (http://www.cradi.org). He is in need of short-term technical assistance consultant opportunities from interested members of CCIH and the cooperating agencies so that he can continue to support himself and the family while he is serving as a volunteer to CRDI. Armand’s background is Pharmacy and MPH and he has more than 20 years of experience with USAID health development programs in Africa. His expertise includes project design, planning, monitoring and evaluation, training in logistics of pharmaceuticals, systems development, and the development of proposals. For more information, please contact Armand directly at autshudi@yahoo.com, and 703-946-0625.

 

Member and Affiliate Organizations Announcing Employment Opportunities:

Food for the Hungry

Food for the Hungry (http://www.fh.org) is looking for a long-term consultant to provide monitoring and evaluation technical assistance to a large USAID-Haiti funded program for HIV prevention. The consultant should be fluent in French or Haitian Creole, be willing to travel to Haiti twice, and be available between April 15 and September 30. The ideal candidate will have strong experience in using key monitoring tools such as QIVCs and post-tests, and have trained and supported others to use them.

For more information, please contact Kim Buttonow at Food for the Hungry at Kim.buttonow@fh.org

 

Medical Teams International

Medical Teams International is a nonprofit Christian Relief and Development Organization. To find more information about and to apply for the position listed below, please go to the website at http://www.medicalteams.org.

Senior Health Advisor

Location: Portland, Oregon

Description:  The Senior Health Advisor will be responsible for guiding, managing, representing and facilitating the program development. The portfolio covers four regions and disaster response collaboration and includes private and public donor funded projects. This person liaises directly with institutional donors and supervises the HQ Child Survival Specialist and Regional Health Advisors in Asia and E. Africa.

Requirements: Candidate must have MPH with strong health international program experience. MD, RN or PA highly preferred with five years experience in health program management of large programs.  Proven experience with Child Survival and emergency health programming a plus. Strong skills in designing, monitoring and evaluating health interventions in the field and in a HQ advisory position.

 

World Hope International

World Hope International (WHI, http://www.worldhope.org) is a rapidly growing 12 year old faith-based relief and development organization directly operating in 15 countries and working in an additional ten through indigenous program partners. World Hope International mobilizes, equips, and empowers national leaders and peoples to effectively and sustainably address the needs of their communities.

Anti-Trafficking Hands That Heal Coordinator (part-time)

This position involves responsibility for implementing WHI’s US-based Hands That Heal (HTH): International Curriculum to Train Caregivers of Trafficking Survivors through organizing training for WHI constituents across the US.

For further information, please visit the WHI website at http://www.worldhope.org/worldhope/employ_hthcoord.htm.

 

Other Work Opportunities: CCIH maintains a list of the best sources of information on jobs and internships in international health. It includes links to literally hundreds of organizations, Christian and secular, that employ people both internationally and domestically in health. Some of them include jobs in other sectors as well. This list is online http://www.ccih.org/resources/jobs/index.htm.

Other sources of employment/intern/volunteer information are:

  • Helping Overseas Directory, constantly updated list of all types of information on overseas opportunities, maintained by CCIH member Bruce Carr, http://www.helpingoverseasdirectory.org;
  • Many CCIH member and affiliate organizations advertise employment, intern and volunteer opportunities on their websites;
  • The Global Missions Health Conference website has established a Mobilization Link (https://www.medicalmissions.com/mobilization) which lists opportunities for short and long term volunteer, employment and training categorized by interest areas;
  • AERDO (Association of Evangelical Relief and Development Organizations) maintains an updated list of openings within its network (many of whom are CCIH members). Go to http://www.aerdo.net/blog/?p=4;
  • Philanthropy News Digest , http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/jobs;
  • University Coalitions for Global Health, http://www.ucgh.org, is an excellent source of information for students;
  • The Global Health Council lists current job openings and internship opportunities within the GHC and for its member organizations; job searchers can also post their resumes on the site, http://www.globalhealth.org.
  • The CORE Group maintains a list of employment opportunities among its members, many of who are also CCIH members. Go to http://www.coregroup.org/jobs/jobconnection.cfm.

 

CCIH MONTHLY PRAYER CALENDAR

CCIH recognizes that prayer is vital to our work and ministry and to the work and ministry of our members as well as all those working in international health. We invite you to use this monthly prayer calendar (which lists a prayer for every day of the month) to pray with us about our work, the work of our members and the needs of the world. Please copy and distribute it freely. The Prayer Calendar is also available on the CCIH homepage (http://www.ccih.org) from the first day of every month. To receive the Prayer Calendar by email at the beginning of each month, subscribe to the CCIH-NEWS listserv, also available on the homepage.

We encourage suggestions for prayer points for next month's prayer calendar. Please contact Sharon Franzén (sfranzen@ccih.org).The March 2009 Prayer Calendar is available at http://www.ccih.org/prayercalendar/Mar09.doc. The April 2009 Prayer Calendar will soon be available at http://www.ccih.org/prayercalendar/Apr09.pdf.

 

2. CONFERENCES AND EVENTS

MARCH 31 - APRIL 3, 2009 - 4th SOUTHERN AFRICAN AIDS CONFERENCE: SCALING UP FOR SUCCESS (DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA)

The theme for the 4th Southern African AIDS Conference, Scaling up for Success, recognizes that there is an urgency to take stock of best practices in treatment and prevention and to scale these up sufficiently to begin to roll back the onslaught in numbers and impact that the epidemic is currently waging in Southern Africa. The knowledge of what to do is there as is the National Strategic Plan that is all at once comprehensive, challenging and ambitious. What is needed is to examine the evidence of how these goals can be achieved critically, assess feasibility and then remove all obstacles and barriers to implement as widely and as efficiently as possible. The gaps in the evidence need to be identified and then met systematically.

On-site registration for the conference will be possible.

Further information on the conference may be found at http://www.saaids.com/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1.

For information concerning Faith-Based activities before and during the 4th Annual SA AIDS Conference, go to the website of CABSA/CARIS at http://www.cabsa.co.za/newsite/DisplayPage.asp?Id=96.

 

APRIL 18-19, 2009 - UNITE FOR SIGHT 6th ANNUAL GLOBAL HEALTH & DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE: ACHIEVING GLOBAL GOALS THROUGH INNOVATION (YALE UNIVERSITY, NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT)

Unite For Sight's Annual Conference (http://www.uniteforsight.org/conference) convenes a committed vanguard of thousands from more than 60 countries. The conference challenges students, professionals, educators, doctors, scientists, lawyers, universities, corporations, nonprofits, and others, to develop innovative solutions to achieve global goals. About 2500 participants are expected to attend the conference, including anyone who is interested in international health, public health, international development, medicine, nonprofits, eye care, philanthropy, microfinance, social entrepreneurship, bioethics, economics, anthropology, health policy, advocacy, environmental health, service-learning, medical education, and public service.

The conference will involve over 200 speakers. The keynote addresses will be given by Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Dr. Sonia Sachs, Dr. Susan Blumenthal, and Dr. Harold Varmus. The conference schedule is available at http://www.uniteforsight.org/conference/schedule-2009.

Registration for the conference is available at https://maestropay.com/go/uniteforsight/conference. The registration fees increase with each month so an early registration is advantageous.

 

APRIL 20, 2009 - DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF VIDEOS FOR THE CCIH "CATCH ON" VIDEO CONTEST

CCIH has launched some new Student Activities to help students become more engaged in global health issues and in CCIH. The "Catch On" Video Contest supports the health and technology theme of the upcoming CCIH Annual Conference (see May 23-25) by encouraging students to take a video of an interesting technology that positively impacts - or has the potential to impact - global health. Students can upload their videos to YouTube. The videos will be judged to determine the Greatest Potential, the Most Creative and the Best Producer. Prizes include a full scholarship to attend CCIH 2009 Annual Conference and $50 gift card.

For more information on the contest, go to http://www.ccih.org/students/VideoContest.htm. Questions concerning the contest can be emailed to CCIH Student Activities Coordinator, Evelyn Yang Garland at eyang@ccih.org.

 

APRIL 20-24, 2009 - COMMUNITIES: KEYSTONE FOR HEALTH SYSTEM STRENGTHENING (CORE GROUP SPRING MEETING, ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND)

The CORE Group (http://www.coregroup.org) will hold its Spring Meeting 2009 on April 20-24 in Annapolis, Maryland. The focus for this meeting is Communities: Keystone for Health System Strengthening. Participants will have opportunities to share specific resources and technical information that will benefit program quality, scale-up efforts, and evaluation. CORE Group Working Groups will have ample opportunities to meet to develop work plans for the year and share information and technical recommendations with colleagues.

A draft agenda for the Spring Meeting can be found at http://www.coregroup.org/conf_reg/agenda_256.pdf. Registration for the meeting is open to both members and non-members. Information about the meeting as well as registration can be found at http://www.coregroup.memberlodge.org. The meeting will be held at the Sheraton Annapolis (http://www.sheraton.com/Annapolis).

 

APRIL 25, 2009 - 2nd WORLD MALARIA DAY: COUNTING MALARIA OUT

World Malaria Day, April 25, is a day of unified commemoration of the global effort to provide effective control of malaria around the world. For many years the date was recognized as Africa Malaria Day. In 2008 it was declared World Malaria Day. It is an opportunity for malaria-free countries to learn about the devastating consequences of the disease and for new donors to join a global partnership against malaria. It is an occasion for research and academia institutions to flag their scientific advances to both experts and the general public. It is chance for countries in affected regions to learn from each other's experiences and back each other efforts. It is an opportunity for international partners, companies and foundations to showcase their results and reflect together on how to scale up what has been proven to work. The theme for the 2009 World Malaria Day is Counting Malaria Out.

In order to intensify global efforts and provide impetus and increased momentum, the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM, http://www.rbm.who.int) proposes to kick-start a 24-month campaign on April 25th that will engage all partners in comprehensively tracking global progress to meet the 2010 goal of 100% coverage and move the international community inexorably closer to near-zero deaths by 2015, the gradual elimination and eradication of malaria.

To read a statement sent out by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership regarding World Malaria Day on January 23, go to http://www.ccih.org/bulletin/0109files/RollBackMalaria_WorldMalariaDay09.pdf. For further information and resources, go to the World Malaria Day website at http://www.rbm.who.int/worldmalariaday.

 

APRIL 27- MAY 1, 2009 - 12th WORLD CONGRESS ON PUBLIC HEALTH- MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN GLOBAL PUBLIC HEALTH: EDUCATION, RESEARCH, AND PRACTICE (ISTANBUL, TURKEY)

This congress is sponsored by the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA - http://www.wfpha.org) and hosted by the Turkish Public Health Association. It will be an opportunity to address issues facing public health organizations around the world and for professionals of different disciplines to meet and share ideas.

Registration for the congress is now open. Full registration is open until April 15, 2009. There will also be on-site registration. Registration fees are based on WFPHA membership and country of origin. There are also student rates.

Details about the congress are available at http://www.worldpublichealth2009.org. Although the deadline for submitting abstracts for the congress has passed, visiting http://wfpha.confex.com/wfpha/2009/cfp.cgi will provide information regarding the expectations of the abstracts and so will give a better idea of the expected outcomes of the congress.

 

MAY 8-9, 2009 - NEVER SILENT: THE ABOLITIONIST – A FORUM ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING (ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA)

This forum is hosted by CCIH Member World Hope International (WHI, http://www.worldhope.org).

The forum will provide information on various aspects of the anti-trafficking movement: addressing demand, prosecution, aftercare, caring for caregivers, and what the average person can do to address modern day slavery. Bringing together specialists in the field with those ready to answer the call to care, WHI hopes to raise awareness of its work in Cambodia managing the only immediate aftercare center in the country.

The Forum Goals are to:

  • Raise awareness of WHI’s Assessment Center in Cambodia;
  • Increase knowledge of modern day slavery;
  • Engage individuals to become involved where they are, using the resources they have to increase awareness of modern day slavery

To register for the Forum, go to http://www.worldhope.org/trafficking/forum.htm. For more information, contact Yemi Oshodi at YemiOshodi@worldhope.net.

MAY 15-16, 2009 - INFUSION 2009 - ATLANTA (MERCER UNIVERSITY CONFERENCE CENTER, ATLANTA, GEORGIA)

This conference is hosted by Micah Challenge USA (http://www.micahchallenge.us/Home.shtml) and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (http://www.thefellowship.info) and is intended for pastors, mission leaders, students, short-term mission groups, and those passionate about missions and justice for the poor. The “infusion” referred to is the infusion of global mission with a biblical vision of justice for the poor. The keynote speaker on Friday night will be David Livermore, author of “Eyes Wide Open: Doing Short Term Missions with Cultural Intelligence.” A series of workshops on Saturday will cover: Advocacy and Short-Term Mission, Global Mission and Community Development, and The Millennium Development Goals and You. There will also be a “Time of Intentional Networking”.

The cost is $50 for adults and $35 for students. For more information, go to http://www.infusion2009.org/infusion2009.html.

 

MAY 17, 2009 - INTERNATIONAL AIDS CANDLELIGHT MEMORIAL

The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, a program of the Global Health Council (http://www.globalhealth.org), is one of the oldest and largest grassroots mobilization campaigns for HIV/AIDS awareness in the world. Started in 1983, the Candlelight Memorial takes place every third Sunday in May and is led by a coalition of some 1,200 community organizations in 115 countries hosting local memorials that honor the lost and raise social consciousness about the disease. The Candlelight is also much more than just a memorial. It provides opportunities for leadership development, policy advocacy, partnerships, and improvement of community mobilization skills. With 33 million people living with HIV today, the Candlelight continues to serve as an important intervention for global solidarity, breaking down barriers, and giving hope to new generations.

Information about Candlelight Memorial events, many of which are sponsored by faith-based organizations, can be found at http://www.candlelightmemorial.org. Events are listed by country and region. To host an event, complete the form found at http://www.globalhealth.org/forms/candlelight/community/2009.

 

MAY 23, 2009 - PRE-CONFERENCES TO THE CCIH ANNUAL CONFERENCE (BISHOP CLAGGETT CENTER, BUCKEYSTOWN, MARYLAND)

CCIH will be offering two Pre-Conferences (running concurrently) to the Annual Conference which will take place on the Bishop Claggett Center campus on Saturday morning, May 23, from 8:30am to 12:30pm. You can register for these sessions using the Annual Conference registration forms. The cost for a Pre-Conference is $30 for general registrants and $15 for scholarship registrants. For further information see #2 above.

1) Integrating Family Planning into Faith-Based HIV/AIDS Programs This Pre-conference is being organized by CCIH Affiliate Family Health International (http://www.fhi.org) in collaboration with the CCIH Family Planning/Reproductive Health Working Group. Description: With increased access to antiretroviral (ARV) therapy, and the resulting improvements in health, many clients with HIV are reconsidering their reproductive options — some are deciding whether to have children, and others are resuming sexual activity while wanting to avoid pregnancy. As a result, demand for family planning among clients with HIV — especially those on ARV therapy — has increased. Wanting to respond to these needs, CCIH members requested training and materials to improve access to family planning for their clients. At this skills-building workshop sponsored by Family Health International, participants will learn program strategies for integrating family planning with HIV prevention, care and treatment, and will build their knowledge and skills for providing family planning to people with HIV.

2) Innovations in Monitoring & Evaluation: How to use M&E to improve performance This Pre-conference will be presented by Dr. Elvira Beracochea, President of CCIH Affiliate MIDEGO (http://www.midego.com). Description: Measure it or forget it! If you cannot show your work is making a difference, your work is in vain. Learn to design and use the Value-Added Analysis, the Health Scorecard and other tools to measure your progress in public health and make decisions about how to improve your programs. Have information to show your government and donors the return on their investment in health and why you need increased funding to do more. In this mini-workshop, participants will learn new ways to:  

    • Improve your M&E performance today
    • Identify opportunities to improve public health programs using M&E tools
    • Measure if you deliver quality health services
    • Use M&E to get support for your public health programs
    • Use M&E information to innovate and deliver an outstanding performance every day
    • Design an M&E system that works in public health
    • Put all the pieces of the puzzle together

Participants will also be offered a free 30 minute phone coaching session to apply what they learned to their unique situation and plan action steps to improve their M&E programs.

 

MAY 23-25, 2009 - CCIH ANNUAL CONFERENCE - TECHNOLOGIES AND HEALTH: A FAITH-BASED PERSPECTIVE (BISHOP CLAGGETT CENTER, BUCKEYSTOWN, MARYLAND)

The 2009 CCIH Annual Conference will be held May 23-25 at the Bishop Claggett Center in Buckeystown, Maryland (http://www.bishopclaggett.org).

The theme of the conference is Technologies and Health: A Faith-Based Perspective. Our aim is to discuss, from the point of view of the faith community, how technology affects health and development. The faith community has played, and continues to play, a major role in the delivery of health care around the world and technology can and has affected how faith-based organizations do their work. However, not all Christians agree on the how and what technology to embrace as they strive to met the health needs of the communities in which they serve. The discussions and debates at the conference will help the community as it moves into the future.

CCIH welcomes the participation of development and health professionals, students, church leaders and others from developing countries. Scholarships are available for those who are not sponsored by developed country organizations. We urge CCIH members and affiliates to encourage your staff and partners from overseas to attend the conference. Anyone needing letters of invitation in support of visa applications should contact Sharon as soon as possible. Requests for invitation letters for visa purposes will not be honored after April 23.

Registration for the conference is now open.

You may register online or you may register by printing out a form and mailing it to CCIH. Save money and register early - prices increase after May 12. See #1 above for more information or go to the CCIH website at http://www.ccih.org.

Register Early and Save! Prices increase after May 12!

General information about the conference can be found at http://www.ccih.org/conferences/May2009/General_Conference_Info_CCIH09.doc.

Meals and accommodation during the conference are available on the Bishop Claggett campus. Additional limited accommodation is available on Friday night, May 22, on a first-come first-served basis. Register early as spaces on Friday night are quickly filling up.

Conference registration fees are based on membership/affiliate status. Individuals may join CCIH and take advantage of discounted fees when they register. There are two categories of registrations:

General Registration is open to anyone. Discount fees are available to individual CCIH members and employees of CCIH organizational members and affiliates. Register at http://www.ccih.org/conferences/May2009/reg/ccih_2009_registration_form.html.

Scholarship Registration is open only to those who meet the requirements and are individual CCIH members or employees of CCIH organizational members and affiliates. Individuals may join CCIH when they register. Scholarships are open to students, recent graduates and developing country professionals not sponsored by an overseas organization. Developing country professionals who are sponsored by a developed country or international organization, and others who, for financial reasons, would like to apply for a conference scholarship, should contact CCIH before registering for the conference. Register for a scholarship at http://www.ccih.org/conferences/May2009/sch/ccih_2009_scholarship_registration_form.html.

Pre-Conferences will be offered on Saturday morning, May 23, from 8:30am-12:30pm. See the item immediately above for details.

For additional details about the conference, see #1 and #2 above. Please contact Sharon (sfranzen@ccih.org) for further information.

We look forward to seeing you in May!

 

MAY 26, 2009 - THE ROLE OF FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS IN RESPONDING TO GLOBAL HEALTH NEEDS (OMNI SHOREHAM HOTEL, WASHINGTON, DC)

This is a Special Session at the Global Health Council Sponsored by the Faith and Global Health Caucus. The session will be held in the Executive Room at the Omni Shoreham Hotel from 9:00 -11:00am. It will focus on addressing how faith-oriented approaches provide a useful complement to technical approaches (the theme of this year's conference).

Save the date and time! More information will be available soon.

 

MAY 26-30, 2009 - 36th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON GLOBAL HEALTH – NEW TECHNOLOGIES + PROVEN STRATEGIES = HEALTHY COMMUNITIES (OMNI SHOREHAM HOTEL, WASHINGTON, DC

The theme of the Global Health Council’s 36th Annual Conference (http://www.globalhealth.org/conference_2009) is New Technologies + Proven Strategies = Healthy Communities. The conference will highlight the ways in which technologies, in combination with best practices and evidence-based policies, improve health around the world. Subthemes of the conference are

  • The effects of technology on communities;
  • The types of technologies available and their successes and failures;
  • How technology can support health systems strengthening;
  • What technological innovations enhance prevention strategies;
  • How does technology support equity;
  • What are the best technologies to promote education, knowledge sharing and collaboration;
  • How do technologies help to build leadership and partnerships;
  • How does technology promote capacity building and sustainability;
  • How can we maximize the impact of technology; and
  • How do we measure the results of the use of technology.

Exhibitor registration is now open. For information, go to http://www.globalhealth.org/conference_2009/view_top.php3?id=937.

Conference Registration is open. Online pre-registration ends on May1. On-site registration is available but at a significantly higher cost. Pricing information for the conference is available at http://www.globalhealth.org/conference_2009/view_top.php3?id=940. Prices vary for members, non-members, and students. Participants from developing countries may be eligible for a special rate (see the details near the bottom of the page).

Helping Handz Volunteer Program: Each year the GHC invites members to apply for its volunteer program. This year they will be accepting only 125 volunteers. The deadline to apply is April 10. Through the Volunteer program students and professionals assist in a number of conference administrative duties that are essential to daily conference operations in exchange for a reduced conference registration fee. Why volunteer? Aside from the monetary reason, volunteering puts you behind the scenes of the conference where you can meet like-minded people and have an excellent chance to network. The duties are not onerous and you should be able to participate in the conference just like a regular participant - only you won't have to ask for directions! For more information on the program, go to http://www.globalhealth.org/conference_2009/view_top.php3?id=944.

 

MAY 28-31, 2009 - CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY HEALTH FELLOWSHIP ANNUAL CONFERENCE - THE CHURCH & THE MINISTRY OF HEALING (BELMONT UNIVERSITY, NASHVILLE, TENNESSSEE)

The Christian Community Health Fellowship (CCHF) is a national network of Christian health professionals and others concerned about the health care needs of the impoverished communities in the United States. CCHF encourages others to live out the gospel through health care among the poor.

Information about the conference is available at the CCHF website at http://www.cchf.org. The key speakers will be Dr. John Perkins, Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner and Dr. Scott Morris.

 

MAY 29-30, 2009 - INMED EXPLORING MEDICAL MISSIONS CONFERENCE (UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI - KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI)

The Institute for International Medicine (INMED, http://inmed.us) is a non-profit, educational corporation founded in 2003. INMED's mission is to equip health professionals with the skills needed to serve in medical missions. INMED fulfills this mission through these vital programs: International Medicine Conferences; International Medicine Online Course and Book; International Medicine Certificate and Diploma; International Medicine Intensive Course; and HIV Leadership Certificate.

The annual INMED Exploring Medical Missions Conference provides an intense didactic education in international medicine that prepares physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, and other health professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to serve successfully in developing countries. The third conference, in 2008, was attended by 408 individuals and 48 exhibiting organizations. The expectation is that this year’s conference will be even larger.

The 2009 Exploring Medical Missions Conference will equip health care professionals with skills to prevent and treat the most prevalent diseases of poverty. Participants will also have the opportunity to network with sending organizations about specific opportunities.

For information about accommodations during the conference, go to http://inmed.us/exploring_medical_missions_conference/accommodations.asp.

Registration for the conference is open. Early bird rates end on April 1! A limited number of student scholarships are available. Group rates are also available. For this and other information about the conference, go to http://inmed.us/exploring_medical_missions_conference.asp.

 

JUNE 19, 2009 - MDG STRATEGIC CONFERENCE: BREAKING WITH BUSINESS AS USUAL (NORTHERN VIRGINIA)

The Millennium Development Goals at Turning Point: What MUST be done to reach the MDG Targets by 2015?

This event is sponsored by CCIH Affiliate MIDEGO. It will be part of a series of events both virtual and live with the goal of breaking with business as usual and reaching consensus on innovative ways of accelerating reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It was inspired by the comments of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in the 2007 MDG Annual Report when he said, "We will have time to reach the Millennium Development Goals - worldwide and in most, or even all, individual countries - but only if we break with business as usual."

The virtual part of the meeting will take place prior to and after the live meeting throughout the month of June, and will consist of online and offline presentations and discussions using VoiceThread (www.voicethread.com). The live meeting will take place on June 19. In this conference, participants will look at new ways of working in partnership, question how we all do development work and share innovative ways of breaking with business as usual.

For more information visit the MIDEGO website at http://www.midego.com/mdgstrategicevent.php. An information packet can be obtained by sending an email to turningpoint@midego.com.

 

JULY 13-16, 2009 - WHEN RELIGION AND HEALTH ALIGN: MOBILIZING RELIGIOUS HEALTH ASSETS FOR TRANSFORMATION (CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA)

This is an annual conference of the African Religious Health Assets Programme (ARHAP, http://www.arhap.uct.ac.za), which was formed in December 2002. It will consider the development of knowledge and information surrounding the involvement of religious entities in health in Africa and beyond. The conference aims to blend creative presentation, deep and transparent collegial interaction, and generative reflection – drawing together a diverse group of practitioners, academics, donors, policy makers and religious leaders. Researchers and practitioners from the broad ARHAP network will be invited to present cutting edge insights that have been generated through reflective and grounded research.

The following themes will be explored by presenters:

  • Transcending Boundaries
  • Boundary Leadership
  • Synthesizing the Evidence
  • Mobilizing Assets
  • Health Systems
  • Peoples’ Conceptions of Religion and Health
  • Asking ‘So What?’ about Religion in Health

For more information, visit the ARHAP website at http://www.arhap.uct.ac.za/colloquium.php. Registration is available at http://www.uct-cmc.co.za/Conferences/conf-main.asp?Conf_ID=90&Page=Home. Early registration ends on May 31, 2009.

 

AUGUST 7-9, 2009 - TRANSFORMATIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE (EASTERN UNIVERSITY, ST. DAVID'S, PENNSYLVANIA)

Food for the Hungry and Eastern University are hosting the 2nd annual Transformational Development Conference. Confirmed speakers include Rene Padilla, Tony Campolo, Jaisankar Sarma, Lisa Sharon Harper, and Benjamin Homan.

The intent of the conference is to continue to draw a diversity of voices (including those who have yet to realize how relevant their gifts are) to the transformational development conversation and to engage them for change. Representation is encouraged from relief and development organizations, universities and educational institutions, research bodies, churches and denominations, advocacy and mobilization movements, field programs, the arts and media, and governments. All who respond to the call are welcome.

The conference organizers are currently soliciting proposal submissions for workshop presentations. Presentations may take form in papers, panels, or creative presentations. Presentation topics should cover one of the following areas: Theology, Education, The Church, Power & Politics, Christian Formation, Partnerships, Organizations, and Methods, Measures, & Means. Information on submitting a proposal can be found at http://tdconference.org/node/4. The deadline is May 1, 2009.

For more information on the conference, go to http://tdconference.org. Also see #41 below.

 

AUGUST 9-13, 2009 - ICAAP 9 - 9th INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON AIDS IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC: EMPOWERING PEOPLE, STRENGTHENING NETWORKS (BALI, INDONESIA)

The Congress brings people from various backgrounds in Asia and the Pacific region to meet and share knowledge, skills, ideas, research findings related to HIV and AIDS. This is also an opportunity for people to provide mutual support and make stronger commitments in their fight towards the epidemic.

With increased mobility in-country and across borders, nations can no longer expect to work alone in its response to HIV and AIDS. Regional and international cooperation is needed to address HIV transmission among migrant populations. Strong networks are of utmost importance when countries need effective interventions to halt the epidemic in its tracks. The 9th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific in Bali in August 2009 aims to address, among others, issues of mobility, migration, as well as gender and people with disabilities in order to empower the people and strengthen networks to effectively respond to AIDS.

More information about ICAAP 9 can be found at http://www.icaap9.org. Registration is available online. Regular registration ends May 1st, after which the cost increases. There will also be on site registration.

 

SEPTEMBER 23-25, 2009 - THIRD EQUINET REGIONAL CONFERENCE ON EQUITY IN HEALTH IN EAST AND SOUTHERN AFRICA (KAMPALA, UGANDA)

EQUINET, the Regional Network on Equity in Health in Southern Africa (http://www.equinetafrica.org), is a network of professionals, civil society members, policy makers, state officials and others within the region who have come together as an equity catalyst, to promote and realize shared values of equity and social justice in health. EQUINET announces its upcoming conference to be held at the Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort near Kampala, Uganda. The conference theme is Reclaiming the Resources for Health: Building Universal People Centred Health Systems in East and Southern Africa. This is an opportunity to hear original work and debate on the determinants and forces that are driving or impeding equity in health in east and southern Africa, including those at global level. General information about the conference can be found at http://www.equinetafrica.org/conference2009/index.php.

Registration information at the conference can be found at http://www.equinetafrica.org/conference2009/register.php. Online/Email registration closes on June 30, 2009.

 

NOVEMBER 7-11, 2009 - ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION (PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA)

The American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting & Exposition is the oldest and largest gathering of public health professionals in the world, attracting more than 13,000 national and international physicians, administrators, nurses, educators, researchers, epidemiologists, and related health specialists. APHA's meeting program addresses current and emerging health science, policy, and practice issues in an effort to prevent disease and promote health. The theme for the 2009 meeting is Water and Public Health: The 21st Century Challenge.

For more information, go to the meeting website at http://www.apha.org/meetings.

 

NOVEMBER 12-14, 2009 - GLOBAL MISSIONS HEALTH CONFERENCE (LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY)

Keep an eye on the GMHC website, https://www.medicalmissions.com, for information on the 2009 conference. General information about the yearly conference can be found at https://www.medicalmissions.com/about.

 

ADDITIONAL CONFERENCES AND TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

For an extensive list of conferences of interest to or about medical missions (or to give notice about an upcoming conference) visit the website of CCIH Affiliate, Medical Mission Exchange, at http://www.mmex.org/conferences.aspx.

King College Center for Global Health Care, a CCIH member, operates the Peeke School of Christian Mission which offers workshops all year round on a variety of topics in health and Christian missions. For information on upcoming workshops go to http://www.king.edu/Academics/Schools/pscm/cghc/workshops.asp.

For lists of other upcoming public health conferences (both secular and faith-based):

 

3. OTHER NEWS AND RESOURCES

CHRISTIAN HEALTH ASSOCIATIONS MOVE TOWARD STRENGTHENING AFRICA-WIDE VOICE AND COLLABORATION

A significant conference for Christian international health took place February 23-26 in Kampala, Uganda, where 76 people, including representatives from 17 African countries, gathered at the Fourth Biennial Conference of African Christian Health Associations (CHAs) to exchange experiences, deepen their understanding of the health challenges facing Africa, and plan the way forward for the Africa Christian Health Associations Platform. The theme of the conference was Building partnerships for health system strengthening in Africa.

Christian Health Associations are in-country networks that bring together Christian medical and health programs of various denominations and organizations. In many countries they have become the voice for the Christian community with their governments, donors, and international institutions. Many of them were founded in the 1970s at the initiative of the World Council of Churches in the era of the Alma Ata conference on primary health care and the WHO-supported goal of “Health for All by the Year 2000.” In some countries these associations, which go by various names, embrace both Catholics and Protestants, and in some countries there are separate sister organizational networks. For an EXCEL database of these Christian Health Associations, compiled by CCIH member Frank Dimmock, go to http://www.ccih.org/bulletin/0309files/CHA_list_Feb09_Dimmock.xls.

Milton Amayun, CCIH Board President, and Ray Martin, CCIH Executive Director, attended the conference. With Christian health leaders attending from the African countries as well as from several collaborating European Christian agencies, Ray said that he was in “networkers’ heaven.” Also attending was Bill Essig, Vice President for International Programs of CCIH member Medical Teams International (http://www.medicalteams.org).

The conference was organized by the Africa Christian Health Associations Platform, which is a somewhat informal Pan-African association of these national CHAs (please see the last paragraph in this section for an explanation of the CHA Platform). It was co-hosted by two Ugandan associations, the Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau (http://www.upmb.co.ug) and the Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau (http://www.ucmb.co.ug). CCIH members IMA World Health (http://www.imaworldhealth.org) and the Health and Healing team of the World Council of Churches (http://www.oikoumene.org) played leadership roles in planning and funding the conference. Other supporting organizations included the Dutch Cordaid (http://www.cordaid.com), Misereor International (http://www.misereor.org), and the Dutch Interchurch Organisation for Development Co-operation ICCO, http://www.icco.nl), as well as the Global Health Workforce Alliance (http://www.ghwa.org).

The key note address during the opening session was delivered by CCIH member the Rev. Canon Ted Karpf of WHO in Geneva who reiterated the important role that FBOs play in delivering primary health care (PHC) services that promote equity and access to the poor and vulnerable in Africa. He presented a draft Resolution on PHC to be discussed at the World Health Assembly of May 2009 and appealed to the CHAs for their feedback and advocacy through their respective Ministries of Health for support to the Resolution. Also speaking at the beginning of the conference were Bishop John Mambo from Zambia and Dr. Manoj Kurian of the World Council of Churches. Other speakers took the participants through a variety of sessions. They were even treated to a field visit to Kisubi and Kiwoko Hospitals. For further details about the conference please refer to the summary which is available online at http://www.chak.or.ke/x5/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=27&Itemid=0.

The conference objectives included:

    1. To explore opportunities for partnerships with Christian Health Associations in Africa towards strengthening health systems and sustainability. These shall include:
      • International health partnerships
      • Public-private-partnerships
      • FBO-private for profit partnerships
    2. To reflect on the role and potential of North-South Medical Missions in Africa in today’s context
    3. To discuss promising retention strategies for Human Resources for Health
    4. To share some innovations and best practices in health care financing
    5. To facilitate networking for sharing information, learning and building of partnerships

There was a one-day pre-conference session for the CHAs’ Human Resources for Health Technical Working Group facilitated by the USAID-funded Capacity Project through IMA World Health. Milton Amayun led an optional post-conference session on FBO access to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (http://www.theglobalfund.org).

In the final conference session discussing the future of the African CHAs Platform, it was decided that the next biennial conference should take place in Ghana in 2011. There was a general consensus that the Platform serves a useful function for CHAs across Africa. A major challenge is to figure out how to fund a desired expansion of the Platform’s role.

The Africa Christian Health Association Platform. With the desire to formalize their collaboration and interaction, the CHAs present at the CHA biennial conference in January 2007 in Bagamoyo, Tanzania agreed to establish The Africa Christian Health Associations Platform. Authorized in "The Bagamoyo Commitment" (see http://www.ccih.org/bulletin/0207.htm#5 and http://www.ccih.org/0207files/CHA_Bagamoyo_Commitment_Jan2007.doc) the Platform's objective was to strengthen the CHA movement across Africa by establishing a small secretariat to improve networking and communication. CCIH member the Christian Health Association of Kenya (CHAK, http://www.chak.or.ke) offered to initially host the Platform Secretariat with a full-time officer fluent in both English and French. It facilitates discussion on specific issues of concern to the CHAs, and promotes interaction and communication with interested outside organizations, including CCIH, which would be expected to advocate for and lobby at the international level on behalf of the CHAs. The Platform website is http://www.chak.or.ke/x5. Anyone interested in being included on the email bulletin of the CHA Platform should contact the Secretariat officer, Mike Mugweru, at chas@chak.or.ke or by phone at 254-20-4441920. Past bulletins can be found online at http://www.chak.or.ke/x5/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=13&Itemid=33.

 

GENDER, HIV AND THE CHURCH - A NEW REPORT BY TEARFUND

In March 2009 Tearfund (http://www.tearfund.org) published a case study on Gender, HIV and the Church written by Mandy Marshall, Idrissa Ouedraogo & Maggie Sandilands and Edited by Maggie Sandilands. This case study describes a two-year pilot project to engage local churches in reflecting on gender issues.

Tearfund worked with two local faith-based partner organisations – Christian AIDS Taskforce (CAT) in Zimbabwe and Vigilance in Burkina Faso. The program took a ‘whole-life’ approach, discussing gender inequality and HIV within the wider context of relationships, life skills and Christian life. Providing a biblical understanding of these issues was vital to engage churches and address the common preconception that ‘gender’ was a Western feminist concept. Research carried out by Tearfund in Zimbabwe and Burkina Faso showed that many attitudes and behaviors prevalent among Christians were based on the underlying traditional cultural values rather than on biblical principles. In many cases the church was not challenging these harmful traditional views about gender, and in fact often reinforced them through selective use of Bible passages. By looking afresh at what the Bible says about men and women and by focusing on developing good relationships, people had a positive motivation to question and change aspects of their own culture and attitudes. This also had an impact on the wider society because the church has a position of respect and influence within local communities, and religious beliefs can shape attitudes and behavior. Working with faith leaders and through the local church is therefore vital and can provide a key to transforming cultural expectations of men and women in society as a whole.

The case study can be downloaded at http://tilz.tearfund.org/webdocs/Tilz/Topics/Gender/Gender%20HIV%20and%20Church%20web.pdf. Paper copies are available upon request to Tearfund. For additional inforamtion and resources concerning gender issues, go to Tearfund's International Learning Zone at http://tilz.tearfund.org/Topics/Gender/Research+and+case+studies.htm.

 

TRANSFORMATIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE CALL FOR PRESENTATION PROPOSALS

CCIH member Food for the Hungry (http://www.fh.org) and Eastern University (http://www.eastern.edu) will host the Transformational Development Conference (http:// www.TDconference.org) August 7-9, 2009 on Eastern’s campus in St. David’s, Pennsylvania. Confirmed speakers for the conference include Rene Padilla, Tony Campolo, Jaisankar Sarma, Lisa Sharon Harper, and Benjamin Homan.

The conference organizers are currently seeking proposals for presentations. The deadline for submission is May 1st. Presentations may take form in papers, panels, or creative presentations. Information about the presentation proposals can be found at http://tdconference.org/node/4.

Presentations should follow one of the following themes:

  • Theology
    • Grounding both the motivations and operations of transformational development in applied, Biblical theology
    • Articulating a fresh and compelling language of poverty, justice, kingdom, development, and transformation
  • Education
    • Creating holistic pedagogies, academic infrastructures and programs to prepare and mobilize the next generation for transformational development
    • Creating holistic pedagogies, academic infrastructures and programs to prepare and mobilize the next generation for transformational development
      Cultivating learning cultures characterized by shared participation, critical reflection, and praxis for development innovation and community renewal
  • The Church
    • Understanding the impact that trends in church cultures and social roles have on the dynamics and outcomes of transformational development
    • Pursuing an ecclesiology for engaging churches in the North and the South in holistic mission that goes beyond utility (as a funding patron or program delivery channel) and seeks mutual exchange, communion, and transformation in the global body of Christ
  • Power & Politics
    • Discerning the role of global and local power structures and the necessity of justice advocacy for transformational outcomes
    • Integrating approaches that effectively challenge and transform unjust policies and systems and restore the voice of the poor
  • Christian Formation
    • Participating as both object and agents of transformation to sign-post the effectiveness of Gods grace in Christ by the Spirit
    • Facilitating the positive impact of personal wholeness on community transformation through improving member care, counseling, community accountability, discipleship, and guided Spiritual formation
  • Partnerships
    • Building mutual and transformative relationships with beneficiaries, donors, government, business, academic institutions, NGOs, and others
    • Pursuing new development horizons through broader shared ownership of problems, resources, and transformational outcomes
  • Organizations
    • Transforming organizational identity and operating paradigms through vision, mission, and values alignment
    • Mentoring, equipping, and empowering transformationally-oriented development leaders around the globe
  • Methods, Measures & Means
    • Aligning development techniques, approaches and strategies to Kingdom aims
    • Developing indicators and conducting assessments to measure for transformational outcomes and engagements
    • Pursuing excellence and best practice without surrendering to secular definitions and currencies of value

 

FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM DEVELOPS THE NEXT GENERATION OF WOMEN LEADERS IN AFRICA

Do you know a young woman who is an emerging young leader in her community? If so, the Moremi Initiative for Women's Leadership in Africa (http://www.moremiinitiative.org) may be looking for her. The Moremi Institute, based in Nigeria and the USA, focuses on early development of women leaders who can help transform and change institutions that legitimize and perpetuate discrimination against women. It is an African initiative for African women by African women that draw on the skills and expertise of women and girls across Africa. Moremi Initiative believes that the full and active participation of women in leadership is a pre-requisite for positive change and development in Africa.

One program that works toward the leadership goal of the Moremi Institute is the Moremi Initiative for Leadership Empowerment and Development (MILEAD) Fellows Program, a one-year leadership development program designed to identify, develop and promote emerging young African Women leaders to attain and succeed in leadership in communities. The program targets dynamic young women interested in developing transformational leadership skills that help them tackle issues affecting women in their communities.

In order to qualify a young woman must be from Africa or the Diaspora and

  • Be between 19 and 25 years of age;
  • Have a working knowledge of the English language;
  • Have an interest in community service;
  • Demonstrate high academic potential- with ability to participate in under-graduate level program; and
  • Possess outstanding personal qualities, including openness to interpersonal and multicultural experiences.

More information about the MILEAD Program can be found at http://www.moremiinitiative.org/events.php. The application deadline is April 30, 2009.

 

PUBLIC HEALTH RATIONALE FOR RAMPING UP PRIORITY TO FAMILY PLANNING

Two recent reports have kept the issue of international family planning in the forefront of funding and priority discussions. These are highlighted below.

Making the Case for U.S. International Family Planning Assistance

In the report Making the Case for U.S. International Family Planning Assistance , five former directors of the Population and Reproductive Health Program of the Agency for International Development (USAID) issue a call for renewed U.S. political and financial commitment to international family planning programs, including a doubling of allocations to USAID family planning programs from the 2008 level of $457 million to $1.2 billion in 2010, and $1.5 billion in 2014. The authors, who served under very different presidencies, are Joseph Speidel, Steven Sinding, Duff Gillespie, Elizabeth Maguire, and Margaret Neuse.

Citing an huge global unmet need for family planning, mostly in the developing world, the report points out that an investment in family planning would avert millions of unintended and unwanted pregnancies and resultant induced (and often unsafe) abortions, thus saving maternal lives. This would also have an antipoverty impact and contribute toward development goals. Author Elizabeth Maguire, a Population Reference Bureau (PRB, http://www.prb.org) trustee and President and CEO of Ipas (http://www.ipas.org), explains: "First and foremost, family planning is a fundamental human right. All women and couples must be able to determine the number, spacing, and timing of their children and have ready access to information and services to exercise this basic right. Once women are empowered to make their own reproductive decisions, they are better able to exercise other fundamental rights and to realize their aspirations. Family planning programs not only save and enhance women's lives, but they have an important impact on child survival, the well-being of families, and the achievement of broader development goals."

Making the Case can be downloaded at http://www.jhsph.edu/gatesinstitute/_pdf/policy_practice/Papers/MakingtheCase.pdf. The report was launched on March 17, 2009 at an event at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. An account of that event, including the video presentations of three of the authors, can be found at http://www.wilsoncenter.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=events.event_summary&event_id=503962. The power point presentations can be found at http://www.planetwire.org/details/8091 and an interview with author Steven Sinding is available at http://www.prb.org/Articles/2009/makingthecase.aspx.

Family Planning Saves Lives

Family planning is a lifesaver for millions of women and children in developing countries according to a new edition of a report by the Population Reference Bureau (PRB, http://www.prb.org). The report, entitled Family Planning Saves Lives, is in its fourth edition. The first edition was written in 1986 by CCIH member Elaine Murphy (who was a speaker at a recent CCIH Annual Conference) and the last one was published in 1997. Over the years the reports have provided valuable information to policymakers, program planners, and journalists on the health benefits of family planning. While the message has not changed, This newest edition continues that message while presenting updated findings on the crucial role of family planning in improving the health of women, children, and adolescents around the world. It sets forth the health and family rationale for giving high priority to family planning in public health programs. The report, which was funded by USAID, is available for download at http://www.prb.org/Reports/2009/fpsl.aspx. Also available at this site are a press release, a press backgrounder providing some important statistics to support the report and a short audio interview with Rhonda Smith, associate vice president of International Programs at PRB and one of the authors of the report.

In order to share the basic findings of the report, the overview (with some added information in parentheses and italics) is pasted here below.

Family Planning Saves Lives - Overview (page 3 of the report, additional information from the PRB website)

The widespread adoption of family planning represents one of the most dramatic changes of the 20th century. The growing use of contraception around the world has given couples the ability to choose the number and spacing of their children and has had tremendous lifesaving benefits. Yet despite these impressive gains, contraceptive use is still low and the need for contraception high in some of the world’s poorest and most populous places. Recent research is shedding light on how family planning increases survival, improves the health of millions of people, and helps achieve national goals. Considered a “best buy” among health investments, family planning is one of the most cost-effective, high-yield interventions that exists today. Countries that invest in family planning can reap immediate health benefits, investment savings in the health and education sectors, and social and environmental benefits that extend well beyond a single generation.

Family planning could prevent many more deaths—particularly in the poorest countries—if we put current knowledge into practice:

  • Family planning saves women’s lives. Family planning could prevent as many as one in every three maternal deaths by allowing women to delay motherhood, space births, avoid unintended pregnancies and abortions, and stop childbearing when they have reached their desired family size. (Family planning prevents abortions: An estimated 20 million unsafely performed abortions take place each year—resulting in 67,000 deaths annually, mostly in developing countries. Family planning can prevent many of these tragic deaths by reducing the number of unintended pregnancies that lead to abortions.)
  • Family planning saves children’s lives. After giving birth, family planning can help women wait at least two years before trying to become pregnant again, thereby reducing newborn, infant, and child deaths significantly. (Closely spaced births result in higher infant mortality: International survey data show that babies born less than two years after their next oldest brother or sister are twice as likely to die in the first year as those born after an interval of three years.)
  • Family planning saves adolescents’ lives. Teen pregnancies pose health risks not only for the babies but also for the young mothers, particularly those under age 18. Family planning can help young women avoid having children during this high-risk time and also avoid the social and economic consequences of early childbearing. (Young women face higher risks of dying from pregnancy or childbirth: Women ages 15 to 19 are twice as likely to die from maternal causes as older women; many adolescents are physically immature, which increases their risks of suffering from obstetric complications.)
  • Family planning reduces deaths from AIDS. The consistent and correct use of condoms can significantly reduce the rate of new HIV infections. Many HIV-positive women and couples want to avoid becoming pregnant and many effective methods are available to assist them. By averting unintended and high-risk pregnancies, family planning reduces mother-to-child transmission of HIV and the number of AIDS orphans, whose life chances are seriously diminished because they have lost a parent, particularly the mother.
  • Family planning helps governments achieve national and international development goals. Governments around the world are focused on combating poverty and achieving a range of health and development goals, such as those outlined in the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Family planning can contribute to nearly all of these goals, including reducing poverty and hunger, promoting gender equity and empowering women, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, combating HIV/AIDS, and ensuring environmental sustainability.

There is a safe and effective family planning method for every woman that can enable her to protect her health and that of her children. More than half of all couples in the developing world are using family planning to delay, space, or limit future pregnancies, yet the need for family planning keeps increasing as the number of women of reproductive age continues to grow. An estimated 137 million women worldwide have an unmet need for family planning— they are not using any method and report that they want to avoid a pregnancy.

To reach these women, and save additional lives, governments and donors need to focus more attention and commit more resources to family planning programs. Over the last decade, however, family planning in many countries has lost focus amid shifts in international health and development priorities. Policymakers have turned their attention to other issues such as HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases, and alleviating persistent poverty. As a result, family planning programs are struggling at a time when universal access to family planning could contribute to solving these issues.

Overcoming these challenges is important for the health and welfare of mothers, children and families (see Box 1). At an average supply cost of US$1.55 per user annually, family planning offers a safe, affordable, and effective way to avoid maternal and child deaths. Governments and donors need to work together to increase investment in and commitment to strengthening family planning programs. Committing additional resources and allocating existing resources more effectively will help governments invest in programs that: (1) improve access to family planning services, especially for women in rural areas, youth, and the urban poor; (2) ensure a steady supply of contraceptive methods; (3) provide high quality services; and (4) support communication activities and behavior change interventions to increase knowledge and use of family planning methods. By taking these actions, the lives of many more women, children, and adolescents can be saved.

BOX 1: Family Planning Saves Lives Family planning has numerous health benefits for women, their sexual partners, and their children. Family planning helps to:

  • Prevent unintended pregnancies and the number of unsafely performed abortions, thereby reducing:
    • Maternal deaths and disabilities.
    • Infertility.
  • Prevent high-risk pregnancies among:
    • Adolescents under age 18.
    • Women over age 35.
    • Women who have had many births or births spaced too closely together.
    • Women with HIV/AIDS and other health conditions such as malaria and tuberculosis.
  • Space births, resulting in:
    • Lower rates of newborn, infant, and child mortality.
    • More time to breastfeed, improving infant health.
    • More time for women to recover physically and nutritionally between births.
    Adapted from: Susheela Singh et al., Adding It Up: The Benefits of Investing in Sexual and Reproductive Health Care (New York: Guttmacher Institute and UNFPA, 2003):
 

SPECIAL USAID PROGRAMS ASSIST NGOs

On March 25, the USAID Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiative sponsored a conference call to highlight a few programs that FBOs/NGOs could take advantage of. CCIH is grateful to Dr. Alan Talens of CCIH member International Aid (http://www.internationalaid.org) for providing much of the following information.

The Denton Program The Denton Program is a commodities transportation program jointly administered by USAID, Department of State and Department of Defense. It allows organizations and private US citizens to use available space on US military cargo aircraft to transport humanitarian assistance materials donated by non-governmental organizations (NGOs), international organizations (IOs), and private voluntary organizations (PVOs). Applicants to the program do not have to be a USAID registered US PVO. Goods transported can include items such as canned/packaged food (so it won’t be infested or damaged by weather), appropriate clothing, agricultural equipment, fire trucks, vehicle, educational and medical supplies, etc. In FY 2006, 576,000 pounds of humanitarian goods were sent to 12 different countries through the Denton program. For more information on the Denton Program, go to http://www.usaid.gov/our_work/cross-cutting_programs/private_voluntary_cooperation/denton.html or http://dentonfunded.ohasis.org.

The Ocean Freight Reimbursement (OFR) Program The Ocean Freight Reimbursement (OFR) Program is a competitive grant program for U.S. Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs) allowing them to ship a wide variety of goods overseas for use in privately funded development and humanitarian assistance programs. It is the oldest ongoing PVO support program. Out of 75-100 applicants, about 50 OFR grants are provided each year, ranging from $5,000 to a maximum $150,000 per PVO for a total of about $2 million. Recipients must be a USAID registered US PVO. The OFR program reimburses shipping costs (port to port cost or port to inland cost for land-locked countries) of donated goods such as medical or educational supplies, agricultural equipment and construction equipment to developing countries. Participating PVOs are responsible for associated costs related to the shipping such as commodity acquisition, warehousing, insurance, local transportation, and distribution. The program leverages resources many times the value of USAID funding. It is especially important for small and newly registered PVOs because it allows them to participate in a USAID grant process that is highly competitive, yet not highly complex. Approximately 10 percent of the FY2006/FY2007 grantees were new to the program.

The Ocean Freight Reimbursement Program is on a two-year cycle. A Request for Applications (RFA) for the program will be available again in the fall of 2009. The last OFR RFA closed in November 2007 (http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=GmKjJRVYZhP54lv2MbKwLddVjS7N62VJLfjfJ0RFJdD5m4zpykLX!-444435078?oppId=39951&flag2006=false&mode=VIEW). When applying for the grant, organizations need to project what would be sent, the cost, humanitarian impact, and must establish that there will be no harm done to beneficiaries (e.g. that medical supplies will be appropriate, etc). A list of eligible countries will be included in the RFA. (For a list of the countries eligible in the previous grant cycle, go to page 34 of the Full Announcement).

For further information about the Ocean Freight Reimbursement Program, go to http://www.usaid.gov/our_work/global_partnerships/fbci/opportunities/ocean_freight.html.

The Limited Excess Property Program (LEPP) (this program was scheduled to be discussed in the conference call but was postponed - it will be included in a future call) Through the Limited Excess Property Program (LEPP, http://www.usaid.gov/our_work/global_partnerships/fbci/opportunities/limited_excess.html), Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs) can acquire U.S. government excess property for use in their programs and projects overseas. To participate they must be registered with United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and take the equipment on an as is, where is basis. Through LEPP, USAID makes it possible for millions of dollars of excess property to be utilized in dozens of developing countries. The value of excess property transferred to PVOs through the LEPP exceeded $31 million FY 2003 and FY 2004. In the past the program has provided vehicles for Uzbekistan, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Russia, and Romania; computers for Zambia, South Africa, El Salvador, Haiti, Peru and Bolivia; an anesthesia machine for Afghanistan; a mobile x-ray machine for Kosovo; and a new x-ray cardiac laboratory for Ghana.

An article in the December 2008-January 2009 issue of USAID’s Frontlines Magazine (http://www.usaid.gov/press/frontlines/DecJan09_FrontLines.pdf, page 13) put a human face on LEPP by highlighting Welford Walker who has run LEPP for more than 20 years. He and his associate, Charlene Donfor, field requests from PVOs for commodities, vehicles, etc and they watch the websites of the General Services Administration and the Department of Defense to locate available excess items. The office gives away from $22 million to $26 mil­lion a year in excess property from federal agencies. Sometimes it is brand new, such as excess Defense Department medical equip­ment, computers, generators, and heavy equipment.

 

E-NEWSLETTER LIST PROVIDES "INFORMATION AT YOUR FINGERTIPS"

The Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH, http://www.asph.org) has recently developed a useful resource list comprised of E-newsletters of various organizations, including Schools of Public Health, National and International NGOs and advocacy groups, Research organizations and US Government agencies and initiatives. The list, found at http://www.asph.org/document.cfm?page=924, saves you from having to bookmark all of these sites on your computer.

Check out other resources of the ASPH, including the Friday Letter at http://fridayletter.asph.org. Much of the information is domestic or related to the schools, but a handy index allows you to quickly scroll to items of interest, such as "New Research and Reports", "Training Opportunities" and "Funding Opportunities".

 

GRANTSTATION INSIDER OFFERS RESOURCES FOR NON-PROFITS

This is a reminder that you can sign up for the Grantstation Insider and the Grantstation International Insider at the USAID Community and Faith-Based Initiative website at http://www.usaid.gov/our_work/global_partnerships/fbci/index.html. The Insiders are free if you sign up through USAID but cost $89 if you join at the Grantstation website. A subscription to the Insider will allow you access to some parts of the Grantstation website that are not available to the general public. However, there are some items on the website that are free to anyone visiting there.

Currently the Insider is producing a series entitled How to Increase Office Productivity Using Free Software by Sage and Lena Adams, Founders and Senior Consultants of TWS Consulting (http://www.twsconsulting.us/index.php). It is a seven-part series that covers everything nonprofits need to know about moving from costly desktop office software to Google's free online office tools suite. This series offers tutorials for getting started with Google – using and configuring Google Mail (Gmail); Google Calendar; and Google Docs, including the spreadsheet and presentation functions – as well as a host of other free applications that increase productivity and are fun to learn. This series will show you how your organization can easily make use of free tools to achieve organizational objectives for both novice and experienced computer users. Google offers two editions of its online software suite, Google Apps. The Standard Edition is free, but has a limitation of fifty user accounts per organization. Users of the Premiere Edition pay an annual fee of $50 per user account and enjoy additional benefits.

The current article (the fourth in the series) is entitled "Creating and Sharing Tasks with Google Calendar." It examines how to use Google Calendar to manage and share events individually or with others inside and outside of your organization. The first three articles can be found online.

To take advantage of everything on the Grantstation website, you need to pay for a full membership. Grantstation is currently offering a Spring membership sale which is available until April 17. The sale offers a six month membership for just $135 which is a savings of nearly $165 (a year’s membership is $599). For more information, go to http://www.grantstation.com.

 

NEW UNAIDS TOOL TO HELP WITH GLOBAL FUND ROUND 9 PROPOSALS

UNAIDS has recently released a practical guidance document entitled SUPPORTING COMMUNITY BASED RESPONSES TO AIDS: A guidance tool for including Community Systems Strengthening (CSS) in Global Fund proposals. It can be downloaded at http://data.unaids.org/pub/Manual/2009/20090218_jc1667_css_guidance_tool_en.pdf.

This document seeks to increase understanding about the benefits CSS can bring at national, district and local levels, and to support advocacy and technical support efforts around CSS.  It suggests ways to implement CSS and provides practical guidance on developing proposals for CSS for the Global Fund, which is now actively seeking to support such activities. Stakeholders likely to benefit from this guidance include staff in UNAIDS Country Offices and members of key affected populations, as well as civil society organizations, networks of people living with HIV , international and national nongovernmental organizations, academia, faith-based organizations and technical partners. 

This document aims to:

  • define CSS in its broader context as well as how it relates to the three core priority areas of funding emphasized by the Global Fund.
  • highlight/emphasize the role of relevant partners and how they can increase demand for CSS.
  • identify the specific capacity-building activities for CSS, as well as beneficiaries and recipients.
  • outline mechanisms to assess community-level needs or to conduct rapid CSS assessments with example templates as well as “dos and don’ts” for conducting community consultations.
  • suggest indicators to better monitor CSS activities.

 

4. GRANT ANNOUNCEMENTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

The following list of grants and other funding opportunities appears monthly. CCIH welcomes information leading to new and varied sources of funding to share with its membership. Please contact Sharon at sfranzen@ccih.org. Please note that the list is divided between entries that have been newly identified this month and those which have been previously listed. We hope that this will assist you in sifting through the information.

NEW LISTINGS AND UPDATES

TECH AWARD NOMINATIONS NEW DEADLINE

Deadline for 2009 Tech Award Nominations: April 10, 2009

The Tech Awards (http://www.techawards.org) is an international awards program that honors innovators from around the world who are applying technology to benefit humanity. Launched in November 2000, the Tech Awards were inspired in part by the State of the Future report, published by the Millennium Project of the American Council of the United Nations University which noted that the granting of awards was one way to encourage scientific breakthrough and the application of technology for the betterment of mankind. Awards are presented in five categories: Health, Education, Environment, Economic Development, and Equality. Five Laureates in each category are honored and one Laureate per category receives $50,000.

Nominations for the 2009 awards are now open. Individuals, for-profit companies, and not-for-profit organizations are eligible. Nomination submissions are made online. Nominees are invited to submit applications and the applications are reviewed by an international panel of judges. To learn more about the awards, including the criteria, and to reach the nomination form, go to http://www.techawards.org/nominate. There is a video linked to the homepage which explains the Call for nominations. The Tech Awards accepts nominations year-round. Nominations received after April 10, 2009 will be considered for The Tech Awards 2010.

 

 

USAID/UGANDA RFA: HIV COUNSELING AND TESTING (HCT) SERVICES NEW

 

Funding Opportunity Number: USAIDUGANDA-617-09-007

Award Ceiling: $20,000.000

Funding Instrument type: Cooperative Agreement

Closing Date for Applications: April 24, 2009

 

The overall objective of this program is to assist the Government of Uganda to implement a program to increase access to, coverage of and utilization of quality HIV counselling and testing (HCT) services to the private sector, including civil society and district health facilities with emphasis on health centre (H/C) IIIs, health centre (H/C) IIs, and their respective communities in 22 districts in Uganda.

 

For more information, go to http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=mZNKJSypDZtv0gRnXq2ZNhs1GpbpySN7YDQy8BKwXyXqXZl54xfp!-444435078?oppId=46170&flag2006=false&mode=VIEW or http://www.cdcnpin.org/scripts/display/FundDisplay.asp?FundNbr=3788.

 

 

USAID/TANZANIA RFA: ACHIEVEMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF UNIVERSAL COVERAGE WITH LONG LASTING INSECTICIDE TREATED BEDNETS NEW

 

Funding Opportunity Number: USAID-TANZANIA-09-002-RFA

Estimated Total program Funding: $40,500,000

Award Ceiling: $40,000,000

Award Floor: $500,000

Funding Instrument type: Cooperative Agreement

Closing Date for Applications: April 30, 2009

 

The purpose of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to enable USAID/Tanzania to support the Government of Tanzania in achieving and maintaining the goal of Universal Coverage with long lasting insecticide treated bednets (LLINs) for Tanzania, including Zanzibar, starting in one or more regions. This RFA contains two parts: 1. Part A, requesting services for achieving Universal Coverage starting in one region in Tanzania. One or more of the following services may be included: a). LLIN procurement b). LLIN/voucher logistics c). Training in registration and delivery of LLINs d). Behavior Change Communication promoting LLIN use 2. Part B, requesting services in conducting a LLIN ‘hang-up’ campaign in five regions in Tanzania.

For more information, go to http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=mZNKJSypDZtv0gRnXq2ZNhs1GpbpySN7YDQy8BKwXyXqXZl54xfp!-444435078?oppId=46454&flag2006=false&mode=VIEW.

 

USAID RFP: HEALTH IMPROVEMENT PROJECT FOR CENTRAL ASIA NEW

Funding Opportunity Number: HE176-09-005

Estimated Total Program Funding: to be determined

Funding Instrument type: Cost-Plus-Fixed-Fee (CPFF) completion contract

Closing Date for Applications: May 4, 2009

 

The purpose of this contract is to provide technical assistance, training, equipment and commodities to assist the Central Asian republics to improve the quality, scope, and coordination of health services. By incorporating modern quality improvement techniques and evidence-based international standards into ongoing reforms of health systems, this program will assist Central Asian countries to improve their management, financing, and implementation of medical services provided for tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, and primary health care.

For more information, go to https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&tab=core&id=29f118c0a5671fa1d9b8bb8892da7a0d&_cview=0.

 

PREVIOUS LISTINGS

This is a list of funding opportunities that were highlighted in previous bulletins. Some of these opportunities may have reached a new funding cycle so it is worthwhile to look them over.

ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION

The Rockefeller Foundation welcomes ideas for possible funding on a continual basis. The foundation seeks to promote the well-being of humanity by addressing the root causes of serious problems. It looks for high-impact ideas that have the potential to make a difference in the lives of large numbers of poor or vulnerable people. The foundation requires some results from such ideas to be measurable within three to five years.

For more information on the foundation, visit the website at http://www.rockfound.org. The grants section is at http://www.rockfound.org/grants/grants.shtml.

 

PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS: HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES PROGRAM

Application Deadline: Open ended

The Pew Charitable Trusts' Health and Human Services Program is designed to promote the health and well-being of the American people, to strengthen disadvantaged communities, and to assist our neighbors to the South. The National program initiatives include health professions education and training; infants, children and their families; elderly; and community development. Local programs include the Pew Fund for Health and Human Services in Philadelphia and a community development initiative. International grants are made to improve the food security and nutritional status of women and children in Mexico and Central America.

For more information, go to http://www.cdcnpin.org/scripts/display/FundDisplay.asp?FundNbr=212.

 

PUBLIC WELFARE FOUNDATION: FUNDING PRIORITIES

Funding Opportunity Number: CDC 2212

Closing Date for Applications: There is no deadline

The Foundation is most interested in organizations that address human needs, and take a particular interest in efforts that combine elements of service, advocacy and empowerment in their approach: service that solves specific problems; advocacy to address those needs in a more systemic way; and work to empower people in need so they play leading roles in achieving those remedies.
The Foundation is willing to take risks to help organizations with a sound idea, a reasonable plan for carrying it out, and a strong base in and commitment to their communities. While most of the grants are made to organizations in the United States, the Foundation has always had no geographic restrictions and has increased its efforts to work directly with organizations in other countries. The application process at the Public Welfare Foundation begins with a letter of inquiry and is followed by a request for proposals
.

For more information, go to http://www.cdcnpin.org/scripts/display/FundDisplay.asp?FundNbr=2212.

 

ELTON JOHN AIDS FOUNDATION

Funding Opportunity Number: CDC 2252

Fund category: HIV/AIDS

Closing Date for Applications: There is no deadline

 

The mission of the Elton John AIDS Foundation is to provide funding for educational programs targeted at HIV/AIDS prevention and/or the elimination of prejudice and discrimination against HIV/AIDS-affected individuals, and for programs that provide services to people living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS. The Foundation funds nonprofit organizations providing direct care for persons with HIV/AIDS or prevention education programs directed towards persons practicing high risk behavior.

 

For additional information, go to http://www.cdcnpin.org/scripts/display/FundDisplay.asp?FundNbr=2252. Also search the website at http://www.ejaf.org.

 

 

 

W.K. KELLOGG FOUNDATION

 

Funding Opportunity Number: CDC 2924

Fund Category: Other health-related

Closing Date for Applications: There is no deadline

 

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to apply knowledge to solve the problems of people. Its founder W.K. Kellogg, the cereal industry pioneer, established the Foundation in 1930. Since its beginning the Foundation has continuously focused on building the capacity of individuals, communities, and institutions to solve their own problems. Grants are made in the four areas of: Health, Food Systems and Rural Development, Youth and Education, and Philanthropy and Volunteerism. Most grants are awarded in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and seven southern Africa countries including Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe.

 

For more information, go to the Kellogg website at http://www.wkkf.org/default.aspx?tabid=63&ItemID=6&NID=41&LanguageID=0.

 

 

 

USAID-BANGLADESH RFA: BANGLADESH HIV-AIDS FOLLOW-ON ACTIVITY (BANGLADESH AIDS PROGRAM PHASE 2)

 

Funding Opportunity Number: USAID-BANGLADESH-388-09-001-RFA

Estimated Total Program Funding: $12,000,000

Award Ceiling: $13,000,000

Award Floor: $12,000,000

Funding Instrument type: Cooperative Agreement

Closing Date for Applications: April 08, 2009

This program will increase and sustain the use of high impact HIV/AIDS services by MARPs and contribute to strategic and evidence-based leadership for implementation of an effective national response for HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment. This activity derives from and supports the USAID-Government of Bangladesh Health and Population Program, which aims to enhance the quality of life in Bangladesh through expansion of basic health services, strengthening national health systems, and addressing HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases.

For more information, go to http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=2KvLJpGhsxgHdDbYL72zpV70ZTJ5Ss7q0jQYwJn2cVjtgRP7M7yG!1154433317?oppId=45499&flag2006=false&mode=VIEW.

 

CDC RFA: RAPID SCALE UP OF HIV CARE AND TREATMENT SERVICES IN THE REPUBLIC OF COTE d’IVOIRE UNDER PEPEFAR

 

Funding Opportunity Number: CDC-RFA-PS09-910

Estimated Total Program Funding: $3,500,000

Award Ceiling: $3,500,000

Award Floor: $2,500,000

Funding Instrument type: Cooperative Agreement

Closing Date for Applications: April 10, 2009

 

Approximately $3,500,000 will be available to fund approximately one award. The purpose of the program is to expand access to comprehensive HIV/AIDS care and treatment while building the capacity of national structures and contributing to sustainable service delivery within the health sector in Cote d’Ivoire. The estimated funding date is prior to September 30, 2009.

 

For more information, go to http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=0yMFJlhTM8CXJFHYqvbBMnNKJNR5pMvPGJhf7K5dTSDqDfP4gn82!-1939519171?oppId=45252&flag2006=false&mode=VIEW or to the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/funding/PS09-910.htm.

 

HHS PA: DRUG ABUSE, RISKY DECISION MAKING AND HIV/AIDS (RO1)

Funding Opportunity Number: PAS-07-324

Parallel FOAs: PAS-07-325; PAS-07-326

Estimated Total Program Funding: $2,000,000

Funding Instrument type: Grant

Closing Date for Applications: Multiple dates, next deadline is May 7, 2009

Expiration Date: January 8, 2010

This program announcement is intended to stimulate model driven research that will increase understanding of how drugs of abuse or processes of addiction influence decisions about high risk sexual behavior, thereby enhancing vulnerability for acquiring or transmitting HIV. Research supported by this announcement will emphasize interdisciplinary studies that incorporate approaches from psychology, economics, anthropology, sociology, decision sciences, neuroscience and computational modeling.

For more information, go to http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?oppId=12452&mode=VIEW.

 

NIH FOA: DRUG ABUSE ASPECTS OF HIV/AIDS (R01)

Funding Opportunity Number: PA-07-307

Parallel FOAs: PA-07-308; PA-07-309

Estimated Total Program Funding:

Funding Instrument type: Grant

Closing Date for Applications: Multiple dates, next deadline is May 7, 2009

Expiration Date: January 8, 2010

 

The purpose of this FOA is to encourage drug abuse research to address the changing dynamics of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the U.S and Internationally: studies are needed on how to translate and adapt interventions that have proved effective in the U.S. to other communities and international settings and to learn from other conditions and cultures to inform our understanding of the causes, consequences, and differences in HIV-associated risks, morbidity, and mortality in diverse populations.

 

For more information, go to http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?oppId=12292&mode=VIEW.

 

NIH FOA: RESEARCH ON ALCOHOL AND HIV/AIDS (R01)

Funding Opportunity Number: PA-07-028

Estimated Total Program Funding: varies

Funding Instrument type: Grant

Closing Date for Applications: Multiple Dates, next deadline is May 7, 2009

Expiration Date: January 8, 2010

 

This Funding Opportunity Announcement solicits Research Project Grant (R01) applications from institutions/organizations that propose to identify and characterize the role of alcohol, drinking behaviors, and drinking environments in the epidemiology and natural history, pathogenesis, prevention, treatment, and control of HIV/AIDS. The goal is to encourage multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and collaborative studies that focus on a range of epidemiologic and intervention issues within HIV and alcohol.

 

For more information, go to http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?oppId=11569&mode=VIEW.

 

 

NIH FOA: HIV/AIDS, SEVERE MENTAL ILLNESS AND HOMELESSNESS (R01)

Funding Opportunity Number: PA-07-090

Parallel FOAs: PA-06-180 (R03), PA-06-181 (R21), and PAR-06-248 (R34)

Estimated Total Program Funding: varies

Funding Instrument type: Grant

Closing Date for Applications: Multiple Dates, next deadline is May 7, 2009

Expiration Date: January 8, 2010

The overall focus of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to refocus research on persons with severe mental illness (SMI), either before or after HIV infection, and to expand HIV-related research to homeless persons. This FOA solicits studies on the SMI population and/or homeless persons with special attention to the development, implementation, and evaluation of effective HIV- prevention interventions and their dissemination and adoption in public health service organizations and the community. An important objective of this FOA is to encourage integration both across and within the different research areas by establishing multidisciplinary research teams and collaborative alliances.

For more information, go to http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?oppId=11648&mode=VIEW (R01), http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?oppId=8239&mode=VIEW (R03), http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?oppId=8240&mode=VIEW (R21) and http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?oppId=8555&mode=VIEW (R34).

 

NIH FOA: BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL RESEARCH ON DISASTERS AND HEALTH (R01)

Funding Opportunity Number: PA-07-141

Parallel FOAs: PA-06-453, PA-06-452

Estimated Total Program Funding: varies

Funding Instrument type: Grant

Expiration Date: May 8, 2009

 

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) seeks to stimulate research in the behavioral and social sciences on the consequences of natural and man-made disasters for the health of children, the elderly and vulnerable groups, with an ultimate goal of preventing or mitigating harmful consequences. Examples of disasters include severe weather-related events, earthquakes, large-scale attacks on civilian populations, technological catastrophes or perceived catastrophes, and influenza pandemics. Three National Institutes of Health (NIH) Institutes are sponsoring this FOA: the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Institute of Nursing Research.

For more information go to http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?oppId=11844&mode=VIEW.

 

 

NIH FOA: THE INFLUENCE OF RELIGIOSITY AND SPIRITUALITY ON HEALTH RISK BEHAVIORS IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS (R01)

 

Funding Opportunity Number: PA-07-181

Estimated Total Funding: varies

Funding Instrument type: Grant

Final Closing Date for Applications: June 5, 2009 (there is some discrepancy between the original document and the website)

Expiration Date: July 6, 2009

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) issued by the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD), the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), National Institutes of Health (NIH), solicits research studies that examine the mechanisms, mediators, and moderators by which religious and spiritual beliefs develop and are transmitted across generations, and whether and how these beliefs influence early sexual behaviors and alcohol or other drug use that may facilitate the transmission of HIV in children and adolescents. The focus of this FOA is on the positive and negative effects of religiosity and spirituality on health risk behaviors in children and adolescents.

For more information, go to http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?oppId=11941&mode=VIEW.

 

NIH FOA: CHRONIC ILLNESS SELF-MANAGEMENT IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS (R01)

Funding Opportunity Number: PA-07-097

Parallel FOAs: PA-07-098 (R03); PA-07-099 (R21)

Estimated Total Funding: varies

Funding Instrument type: Grant

Closing Date for Applications: Multiple dates, next deadline is June 5, 2009 (there is some discrepancy between the original document and the website)

Expiration Date: January 8, 2010

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to solicit research to improve self-management and quality of life in children and adolescents with chronic illnesses. Biobehavioral studies of children in the context of family and family-community dynamics are encouraged. Children diagnosed with a chronic illness and their families have a long-term responsibility for self- management. The child with the chronic illness will have a life-long responsibility to maintain and promote health and prevent complications. Research related to biological/ technological factors, as well as, sociocultural, environmental, and behavioral mechanisms that contribute to successful and ongoing self-management of chronic illnesses in children is also encouraged. This FOA is restricted to studies of chronic illnesses in children and adolescents ages 8 to 21.

For more information, go to http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?oppId=11716&mode=VIEW (R01), http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?oppId=11707&mode=VIEW (R03), and http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?oppId=11710&mode=VIEW (R21).

 

 

USAID KAZAKHSTAN APS: TAJIKISTAN MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH ANNUAL PROGRAM STATEMENT

 

Funding Opportunity Number: HE-119-08-011

Estimated Total Funding/Award Ceiling: $3,500,000

Award Floor: $50,000

Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement; Grant

Closing Date for Applications: June 24, 2009  

 

This USAID/Central Asian Republics (CAR) Annual Program Statement (APS) solicits applications from prospective partners to implement maternal and child health activities in Tajikistan. USAID expects that the total level of funding available under this APS for activities in Tajikistan would be up to $3.5 million. Based on these figures, funding requests are expected to range from a minimum of $200,000 up to a maximum of $3.5 million (if activities are proposed to cover all program objectives), for expenditure over a period of up to five years. Funding will not exceed $700,000 per year; awards for projects of more than one year will be funded incrementally. All awards are subject to the availability of funding.

 

For more information, go to http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=LqyCPyJtvGQ91h2RrfGtyvn7mvwyGw0HWJ0VdXxPjrzf368m2psL!1167071909?oppId=42125&flag2006=false&mode=VIEW.

 

USAID GHANA APS: SCALING UP HIV/AIDS PREVENTION ACTIVITIES FOR PERSONS ENGAGED IN HIGH-RISK BEHAVIOR IN GHANA

 

Funding Opportunity Number: APS-641-08-023

Estimated Total Program Funding: $2,700,000

Funding Instrument type: Grant

Closing Date for Applications: September 10, 2009

 

The United States Government, through USAID/Ghana, is seeking from prospective partners, Concept Papers to be followed by full applications (if concept papers are selected) to implement activities to scale up HIV/AIDS prevention activities for persons engaged in high-risk behavior (PEHRB) in Ghana. The USAID/Ghana anticipates awarding a limited number of grants for a period of no less than one year and no more than three years. Meanwhile, depending on the successful implementation, needs and availability of funds, the period of performance could be extended by one or two additional years. This APS is funded through PEPFAR.

 

For more information, go to http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=LjJTn6FvhMt4QnTb6J85DcvwgpKRyYtZwd1wx25Ytx1GPfLgJpp0!-1548038855?oppId=42833&flag2006=false&mode=VIEW.

 

 

 

AHRQ FOA: UTILIZING HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE QUALITY (R18)

 

Funding Opportunity Number: PAR-08-270

Estimated Total Program Funding: not identified

Funding Instrument type: Grant

Closing Date for Applications: May 7, 2011

 

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support health information technology (IT) demonstration projects that evaluate factors associated with successful implementation and utilization of health IT in order to improve the quality, safety, effectiveness and efficiency of health care in ambulatory settings and in the transitions between care settings. support of health IT; integration of new health IT with pre-existing health IT, and other factors. Applications responding to this FOA must seek to evaluate and demonstrate how to optimize functionality of existing health IT; implement health IT in new settings or with new providers and patient populations; or, demonstrate sustainability of health IT.

 

For more information, go to

http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=pdb2J6JdnThQmJ7JnQ3RvsjXZV5QnGcpb2TQt3LThD2ckSYh5Wqb!198294224?oppId=42967&flag2006=false&mode=VIEW

 

 

JOHN M. LLOYD FOUNDATION

 

Funding Opportunity Number: CDC 2108

Fund Category: HIV/AIDS

Maximum Funding Available: $20,000

Closing Date for Next Cycle: July 15, 2009 (check website for beginning date)

 

The Foundation supports enlightened public policy programs that advocate for improved access to HIV/AIDS care and services, relevant research efforts, effective prevention programs, and successful education initiatives worldwide. The Foundation also funds pioneering programs that promote education, awareness, and compassion about HIV/AIDS worldwide; novel HIV prevention efforts aimed at men, women, and children worldwide; and medical research that focuses on the prevention

and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Recognizing however that resources are limited compared to the scope of research efforts in HIV/AIDS, the Foundation gives preference to seed grants and small workshops that stimulate new directions for research.

 

For additional information, go to the website at http://www.johnmlloyd.org or go to http://www.cdcnpin.org/scripts/search/fundSearch.aspx and search for Fund Number 2108.

 

 

USAID APS: ODP 2009 ANNUAL PROGRAM STATEMENT

Funding Opportunity Number: M-OAA-GRO-EGAS-09-232

Award Ceiling: $10,000,000

Award Floor: $50,000

Funding Instrument type: Cooperative Agreement

Closing Date for Applications: September 30, 2009

 

The Office of Development Partners (ODP) of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) invites interest from prospective partner organizations to form Global Development Alliances to carry out activities in support of USAID’s international development objectives. Alliance partners are expected to bring significant new resources, ideas, technologies, and/or partners to address development problems in countries where USAID is currently working. Partners could include a wide range of organizations. There are several differences from previous alliance proposals including the requirement that alliances need to submit a concept paper to the mission before full proposals are submitted.

 

For more information, go to http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=JZSWhng2B4lyqdB24NX5wQ2LRmwJ3mkhb7ypPhZ0vsPYgLtTpDnW!1797551520?oppId=43490&flag2006=false&mode=VIEW.

 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR INFECTIOUS DISEASES: SMALL GRANTS PROGRAM

Funding Opportunity: up to 5 grants are awarded annually for up to $6000

Closing date for Applications: various; the next closing date is October 1, 2009

 

The Small Grants Program is designed to fund pilot research projects by young investigators in developing countries. The goal is to support and foster the professional development of young individuals in the field of infectious diseases research by helping them to acquire additional skills and data to apply for other grants. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to investigations of the epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis or treatment of infectious diseases, the epidemiology and control of hospital-acquired infections, and modeling of cost effective interventions. Upon completion of the project, a written report of the project must be sent to the Society. Up to five grants of up to US $6,000 each will be awarded annually.

 

For information, go to the Society website at http://www.isid.org/programs/prog_smgrants.shtml.

 

 

AHRQ FOA: SMALL RESEARCH GRANT TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE QUALITY THROUGH HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) (R03)

Funding Opportunity Number: PAR-08-268

Estimated Total Program Funding: not identified

Funding Instrument type: Grant

Closing Date for Applications: Nov 16, 2011

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support a wide variety of research designs in order to improve the quality, safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of health care through the implementation and use of health IT. These designs include: small pilot and feasibility or self-contained health IT research projects; secondary data analysis of health IT research; and economic (prospective or retrospective) analyses of health IT implementation and use. Through economic analyses estimates of health IT implementation and use costs and benefits will be generated.

For more information, go to http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=jQc7J6VNJ2w2VjWT9cbp8gbXTpMPH93Ght4t6TMkxJYVPNNhhBnn!198294224?oppId=42968&flag2006=false&mode=VIEW

 

AHRQ FOA: EXPLORATORY AND DEVELOPMENTAL GRANT TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE QUALITY THROUGH HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) (R21)

 

Funding Opportunity Number: PAR-08-269

Award Ceiling: $200,000

Funding Instrument type: Grant

Closing Date for Applications: Nov 16, 2011

 

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support short-term preparatory, pilot or feasibility studies that will inform larger scale real world health IT implementation and use or the conduct of more comprehensive health IT implementation research. 

For more information, go to http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=jQc7J6VNJ2w2VjWT9cbp8gbXTpMPH93Ght4t6TMkxJYVPNNhhBnn!198294224?oppId=42966&flag2006=false&mode=VIEW.

 

 

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