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 Advocacy Day 2013: Global Health Advocates “Tell it from the Heart”
A little rain and waves of tourists didn’t deter Joy Mukaire of the Christian Health Association of South Sudan from her goal of sharing a very important message on Capitol Hill in June 2013. “The message I wanted to put across was that women’s health is at stake. Faith-based organizations (FBO) are working with their local governments to save these lives, but it is not enough. More lives could be saved if the U.S. government allocated more resources to leverage the work of FBOs,” said Mukaire. “FBOs have an important role of adding community outreach systems and approaches that are crucial in places where pregnancy and birthing practices are deeply rooted and influenced by the community.”
Mukaire was in Washington, DC that day for Christian Connections for International Health’s (CCIH) Annual Advocacy Day. The group met with Ken Flanz of the office of Senator Michael Crapo of Idaho, Cade Clurman of the office of Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois, and Bekah DeMordaunt of the office of Congressman Raul Labrador of Idaho. “Advocacy is important to me because many legislators have little appreciation of the issues at hand unless they are contacted and made aware,” she said. “They need to hear voices from the field; data is not enough to convince someone of the value of global health programs. Face-to-face interaction is important. Three of the staff members we met that day asked me to provide specifics in terms of ‘What is the benefit from U.S. government funds?’ and I was able to articulate it in a second. They had some awareness, but they needed stories to make the case stronger.”
Mukaire has learned that when meeting with Congressional offices, it is valuable to have people in the group who work at the implementation level. “Legislators need to hear from the field to get the stories that put a human face to the case for global health,” explained Mukaire. “Know your story, identify the issue well, and tell it from your heart.”
Pictured above is Dick Stellway of Community Vision International; Viateur Kalinda of the Remera Rukoma Presbyterian Hospital in Rwanda; Cade Clurman of the Office of Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois; Joy Mukaire of the Christian Health Association of South Sudan; and Dr. Anne Peterson of the Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences in Puerto Rico. 



CCIH has increased its advocacy efforts by visiting the offices of Members of Congress to share information about the positive impact that funding targeted to women and children can have around the world, including the positive impact of family planning integration. The most effective messages continue to be brought by those who have experienced this themselves in the work that they are doing. Advocating is not hard – it is simply sharing your thoughts and experiences.
To share your own story to policy makers Capitol Hill, please contact
Dr. Henry Mosley | Dr. Samuel Mwenda | Dr. Peter Okaalet  |  Advocacy Day 2011
Professor Emeritus    Christian Health            Okaalet & Associates,   Pamela Mukaire
from the Johns          Association of Kenya    Ltd. (formerly of MAP    Bob & Hope Carter
Hopkins SPH             Health Association        International)                Amanda Leahy
                                 Platform (ACHAP)                                                                                                    


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Schieffelin Leprosy Research & Training Center in Karagiri Vellore Tamil Nadu, India, shares his story.
Executive Director of Christian Health Association of Sudan shares her story.
Executive Director of Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC) of Tanzania shares her story.
HIV/AIDS Nurse Educator in Nigeria, shares her story.
Executive Director for Acts of Faith, Swaziland, shares her story.  
CEO of Christ Gospel Ministries, Visakhapatnam, India, shares his story.
Last Updated ( Monday, 30 June 2014 10:53 )