Christians and Immunization Print {sharethis label=}
Reports of religious objections to vaccinations can paint a picture that faith communities are opposed to immunization. In this video produced by CCIH, Dr. Richard Lane of Liberty University examines this trend of objections to vaccination and discusses how faith communities are helping protect the lives of children with vaccines.
 

 
Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 August 2015 14:14 )
 
Baptist Organization Integrates Family Planning with Cancer Sreening Print {sharethis label=}
If Mardea* had not had the convenience of cancer screening and family planning services available in her rural community in Cameroon, her story is likely to be very different. Fortunately, Mardea’s cancer was detected during screening at a mobile clinic operated by Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services (CBCHS) Women’s Health Program (WHP) that offers cancer screening along with family planning services, both provided by trained nurses.  

The cancer screening method is called “digital cervicography” (DC), which uses a digital camera with a magnification lens to project 30X magnified images of the cervix onto a TV monitor visible to both the woman and the nurse. The cervix is first stained with acetic acid (vinegar), which causes pre-cancers to appear white. The nurse explains any abnormalities visible on the TV screen to the woman, thus empowering her to participate in making decisions on treatment.  
 
Photo: A health worker uses digital photocervicography to record digital images in the woman’s medical record and to send the photos for consultation for difficult cases.  The provider explains the real time images to the woman being screened so that she is empowered in her health care. Courtesy of CBCHS. 

Although Mardea was not having symptoms, health workers discovered a cervical lesion consistent with the early stages of invasive cervical cancer when she was evaluated at the clinic. A biopsy was taken and sent to the Yaoundé Gyneco-Obstetric and Pediatric Hospital. The results confirmed her cancer. The staff counseled Mardea on her treatment options and she chose radiotherapy over a hysterectomy. She was then referred to the Douala General Hospital where she received treatment and is now home with her family in northwestern Cameroon.   
Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 January 2015 18:52 )
 
Churches on the Front Lines of Ebola Crisis Print {sharethis label=}
The following is an account of CCIH Board Vice President Dr. Anne Peterson's trip to Liberia and Sierra Leone to evaluate FBOs and the Ebola outbreak on behalf of World Vision in October.
 
When CCIH Board Vice President Anne Peterson stood in a church in Liberia in late October surrounded by children, she had to resist the urge to touch their hands in greeting, which she found difficult.
 
Peterson was in Liberia and Sierra Leone conducting an assessment for World Vision of faith-based organizations: what were they doing, what could they be doing and how could they be better integrated with the U.S. government Ebola response?
 
(Peterson is shown to the far right with Pastor Alfred Yambusa who pastors a small evangelical church in Freetown, Sierra Leone, along with two women from the congregation.)
 
As of the beginning of December, there have been more than 17,200 Ebola cases in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with more than 6,100 deaths.  “The Ebola virus has drastically changed life for those living in Liberia and Sierra Leone. We have witnessed huge behavior change in a very short period,” explained Peterson. “Everyday life is profoundly different, with no greetings or touching. Businesses are closed, school is not in session and half of children are kept at home without school or social outlet. The usual gregarious and joyful African spirit I have experienced here in the past is not gone but is dampened by the ever present specter of Ebola.”
 
Peterson also observed more rigorous anti-infection controls practiced on a broad scale in Liberia, but saw less coordination among the faith community. The reverse was true in Sierra Leone, where she observed fewer community level infection control practices but witnessed more action and greater coordination among the faith community. The Inter-religious council led by the United Methodist Church which was instrumental in bringing peace during the civil war in Sierra Leone in the 1990s is reactivating to fight Ebola.
 
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 December 2014 13:48 )
 
Reports from the FBO Ebola Response Print {sharethis label=}
Faith-based organizations have been on the front lines responding to the Ebola outbreak from its early days, providing care to patients, working to prevent the spread of the virus and partnering with churches to educate pastors and communities about the disease and dispel myths. CCIH is working to help faith-based organizations share information, challenges and requests for help in the Ebola response, including establishing an Ebola section under Resources on the CCIH website and an Ebola listserv.
 
In this article, CCIH members share a sample of their work responding to the Ebola outbreak. Photo: Health staff at the ELWA1 Ebola Unit. Courtesy of SIM USA. See the full article

 

Last Updated ( Monday, 06 October 2014 19:31 )
 
Executive Director Transition Print {sharethis label=}
Ray Martin, who is stepping down after 14 years as CCIH Executive Director shares his thoughts on the organization's evolution, its current state, and his plans for the future. As of September 1, 2014, Ray assumes the title of Executive Director Emeritus for CCIH and will remain involved with the organization. 
 
Reflections on Two Decades with CCIH
 
by Ray Martin, CCIH Executive Director Emeritus
 
I would never have dreamed in 1994 when I accepted Frank Baer's invitation to go to a CCIH conference that I would eventually serve on the CCIH Board for 18 years, the last 14 as Executive Director. Encountering this fledgling community of Christian global health professionals was a life-changing experience for me.
 
But as Greek philosopher Heraclitus said around 500 BC, "The only thing that is constant is change.” I am now stepping down, figuring that in my mid-70s it is time for others to take on the leadership of CCIH. I do plan to remain active with CCIH, however, but in a different and less intense role, working with my interim successor Garrett Grigsby, the CCIH staff and board, and all of you as members in our shared mission of "promoting global health and wholeness from a Christian perspective."
Last Updated ( Monday, 15 September 2014 23:47 )
 
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