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Report Reveals Faith Communities Play Vital Role in Family Planning
CCIH affiliate, the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD), released a report February 10, 2014 commissioned by the United Nations Foundation Universal Access Project exploring the role of faith-based organizations in family planning. The impact of faith-based actors in health interventions is significant. FBOs provide anywhere from 25 to 40 percent or more of care in some nations in sub-Saharan Africa and 84 percent of the world’s population identifies as religious. 
As CCIH Executive Director Ray Martin explained in a panel session at the Pew Charitable Trust in Washington, DC, “FBOs provide a major portion of health services in many countries and faith leaders can have enormous influence in communities on issues such as health.”
In above photo, Karen Sichinga of the Churches Health Association of Zambia (center) explains the active role of faith-based organizations in providing family planning. To the left is Katherine Marshall of WFDD and to the right is Dr. Azza Karam of the United Nations Population Fund. 
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 February 2014 18:14 )
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CCIH released the results of a survey conducted earlier this year of the capacity and needs of faith-based health facilities in Uganda in providing family planning services. The survey revealed that faith-based facility-based health facilities in Uganda are well positioned to take on additional family planning service provision, including both counseling and providing family planning methods.
The study also revealed both strengths and weaknesses of these faith-based facilities, and can be used by the respective medical bureaus and the Ministry of Health to identify solutions and additional opportunities that require more long term planning and execution to strengthen family planning service delivery in Uganda. | View the Report
Last Updated ( Friday, 13 December 2013 22:11 )
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Family Planning "Should Not Divide Us"
In a panel discussion on Capitol Hill on December 3, maternal and child health experts explained why family planning is critical to improving child survival rates, and why the current perception that Christians do not support family planning is inaccurate.
The panel, organized by CCIH, was moderated by Michael Gerson, Washington Post columnist and former speechwriter for President George W. Bush. “I visited Eastern Congo, where complications from childbirth are as dangerous as militia in the countryside,” said Gerson. “Some women I talked to had had 13 children – sometimes only half of them survive – and each birth raises the risk of hemorrhage and infection. Those odds increase when births come early in life, late in life or in rapid succession. Family planning can be controversial here in Washington, but it should not be. In places like the one I visited, I regard family planning as a pro-life cause, and it should not divide us.”
Last Updated ( Friday, 06 December 2013 12:22 )
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“HIV/AIDS is an opportunity for the Church today to fulfill the Biblical mandate of ‘feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, cover the naked, and visit the sick and those who are in prison, including the prison of discrimination and stigma,’” said S. (Sam) Samraj, executive director of the Christian AIDS/HIV National Alliance in New Delhi, India. “Churches can have multiple programmatic responses to HIV/AIDS, however, the most important role the Church can play in the response is to provide the message of hope for this life and eternity.” Samraj highlights the importance of a non-judgmental attitude that shares Christ-like unconditional love to people living with HIV/AIDS, no matter how they were infected with the virus, as explained in 1 Corinthians 13.
“When Jesus explained the final judgment, He said, not as parable, but as prophecy, that what you do for the ‘least of these people’, you have done unto me, and I’m sure he would include people living with HIV/AIDS,” explained Samraj.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 09 October 2013 09:19 )
Engaging Church Leaders in Health Print {sharethis label=}
Organizations working in global health are increasingly recognizing the value of working with faith leaders to share health messages and educate their congregations. CCIH member Doug Fountain recently shared his experiences preparing students at Uganda Christian University to share health messages in a piece in the latest issue of the CCIH Connector.  
Reaching Out to Church Leaders on Health
by Doug Fountain 
I was invited to write this after an exchange in the CCIH LinkedIn group about engaging church leaders in health. My experience is one of many good examples out there. While I worked at Uganda Christian University from 2004 to 2012, we established a semester-long “Health and Wholeness” course that is required for all students.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 September 2013 19:36 )
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