Advocacy Resources

Why Christians Support Strong Global Health Programs

This two-page brief explains why US support of strong global health programs aligns with Christian values and is a wise investment to protect security and economies.

Christian Voices on the Importance of Advocacy

In this video, CCIH members explain the value of U.S. foreign assistance and why advocating and speaking out for those without a voice is important to them as Christians.

How Faith-based Organizations Can Help Reduce Abortions

This fact sheet discusses how family planning helps reduce abortions with compelling quotes from key prominent Christians working in public health on the effect of family planning in preventing unintended pregnancies to help protect the health of mothers and children.

CCIH Statement on Racial Justice

CCIH joins the global community in insisting that we respect all people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, and orientation. We are compelled as followers of Christ Jesus to love all and treat all people with dignity. We condemn every occurrence of racial and ethnic division. This is a global plague that destroys families and communities. We all harbor biases, conscious or unconscious, against others that we must work to overcome. See the Statement


Issues & Actions

September, 2021

New Partnerships Initiative Support Letter

CCIH led an effort among faith-based organizations to show our support for the New Partnerships Initiative (NPI) Authorization Act (S. 2509) led by Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) which would make the NPI a permanent fixture of USAID’s mission and a tool to help local partners build their capacity and allow for sustainable investments. Twenty FBOs joined CCIH in supporting the legislation, which aims to streamline access to USAID resources; strengthen local organizations and build capacity with an emphasis on sustainability; and, authorize funding in each fiscal year from FY22 through FY26 specifically for NPI program grants, increasing awards to new and underutilized partners, such as faith-based organizations.

See The Letter

July, 2021

Faith-Based Global Vaccine Access Letter to President Biden

CCIH joined over 80 faith-based organizations in sending a letter to the Biden administration urging them to ramp up global vaccine access. We wish to express our gratitude for the Administration’s commitment to donate 500 million vaccine doses through COVAX and to other “hot spots” around the world. However, we witness the great inequality in vaccine access between rich countries and low-and middle- income countries as well as within countries themselves. The United States is approaching the goal of a 70% vaccination rate and pharmaceutical companies are working on possible booster shots. Meanwhile, most countries have yet to secure, or are only now receiving, vaccine doses and are facing the possibility of vast majorities of their people not receiving a vaccine until 2022 or as late as 2024. With this letter we, and fellow organizations, implore the Biden administration to Continue to distribute the surplus doses the United States has purchased to COVAX-AMC (for distribution to lower-income countries) and to “hot spots” around the globe; and prioritize worldwide distribution of vaccines to those without access before considering booster shots for the already vaccinated.

SEE THE LETTER

February, 2021

Christian Health Networks Call for Vaccine Equity

CCIH joined other Christian health organizations, service providers and networks to appeal for global equity and solidarity in access to COVID-19 vaccines. We are grateful for the remarkable swiftness of developing safe and effective vaccines that are expected to help bring the pandemic under control. In particular, we commend the public financing to the pharmaceutical industry for research and development that has helped to make this possible. We are concerned however with the emerging trend of rich countries hoarding excess doses to vaccinate their entire populations two or more times over, inflating vaccine prices for poor countries and the overall picture of low or no vaccinations in low-income countries. We are equally concerned that even in rich countries, racial/ethnic minorities and low-income persons are being marginalized in access to the vaccines. Providing vaccines for all must be part of a global plan to end the pandemic. A global response based on solidarity and equity must be everyone’s interest.

See the Statement

February, 2021

Support for the Appointment of Samantha Power as USAID Administrator

CCIH joined other members of the Interfaith Working Group on Foreign Assistance, a network of faith-based organizations advocating for the world’s most vulnerable people, in signing on to a letter to the U.S. Senate leadership supporting the appointment of Ms. Samantha Power as the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The faith community plays a very active role in providing humanitarian and development assistance to millions impacted by violence, poverty, and hunger. Through USAID, the United States leads the world in addressing these global concerns as the largest government provider of foreign assistance. the letter urges for strong leadership at USAID in order to leverage U.S. resources on global development initiatives and to increase the impact of FBO work for the world’s most vulnerable populations.

See The Letter

Advocacy Stories

CCIH Advocacy Teams Share Faith-based Work in Global Health

On June 10th, 2019 CCIH hosted its annual Advocacy Day. This year, we had 10 CCIH members from Ghana, Lesotho, Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, Zaire, and Zimbabwe, as well as six CCIH members based in Maryland, Massachusetts, and Michigan. The teams met with 15 Congressional Offices (14 in the Senate and 1 in the House of Representatives).… More

CCIH Joins Partners in Malaria Day Hill Reception

Malaria Day Hill Reception On May 7, 2019 CCIH and partners from the Malaria Roundtable (Malaria No More, American Society Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, PATH, United Nations Foundation, Nothing But Nets, and Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, TB, and Malaria) co-sponsored a Hill Reception to recognize World Malaria Day, and to highlight achievements against this preventable and treatable disease.… More

CCIH Members Meet with U.S. Senators to Show Support for Foreign Assistance

Interfaith Working Group for Foreign Assistance Faith Leader Fly-In On May 1, 2019, CCIH participated in the Interfaith Working Group for Foreign Assistance Faith Leader Fly-In where faith leaders meet with Congressional offices to highlight the importance of preserving and expanding these life-saving initiatives.… More

CCIH Advocates Take Message to Capitol Hill

Immediately following the conference on July 16, 2018 three groups of CCIH members went to Capitol Hill to advocate for global health and development programs and to discuss the vital role of faith-based organizations in providing care. The three teams had representatives from five U.S.… More

Capitol Hill Briefing on Healthy Families and the Role of Faith Communities

CCIH held a briefing on Capitol Hill on Healthy Families and Communities and the Role of Faith Communities on July 17, 2018 following the CCIH Annual Conference and Advocacy Day. The briefing was moderated by Dr. Alma Golden, Deputy Assistant Administrator, USAID Bureau for Global Health (shown at the podium in above photo).… More

Scripture Motivates Young Advocate to Visit Congress

Love is not just sympathizing with the miseries of others, instead it means making every effort to alleviate their suffering. – Olushola Ogunleye, Liberty University Student and CCIH Advocate The account in Matthew 15:32-39 is one of many places in scripture that inspired Liberty University student Olushola Ogunleye to come to Washington, DC to advocate for programs to help the hungry with CCIH on October 20.… More

CCIH Brings Christian Global Health Work to Capitol Hill

Following the conference on June 20, 2016, three teams of CCIH advocates visited offices on Capitol Hill to discuss the importance of U.S. foreign assistance and the work of Christian organizations in global health. One team visited the offices of Representative Dave Rouzer (R-N.C.),… More

Students Meet with U.S. Congressmen and Staff to Share Christian Perspective

Liberty University student Olubunmi Sharon Obayemi said she always wanted to be a Christian voice encouraging U.S. leaders to support health care for women and children in need. In October 2015 she got her chance when she came to Washington, DC along with other Liberty students participating in an Advocacy Day organized by CCIH.… More

Christian Global Health Advocates Visit Capitol Hill

On June 29, 2015, 25 advocates from 11 different nations visited Capitol Hill to express their appreciation for U.S. support for global health programs, and share their experiences regarding the critical role faith groups play in health around the globe. Advocates came from Benin, Cameroon, Kenya, Liberia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, and the U.S… More

Advocacy Day 2014

    The advocates were divided into small groups and visited 26 Capitol Hill offices, including the offices of 19 Republicans and seven Democrats. They shared their personal stories of the positive impacts of U.S. foreign assistance and the support among Christians for international family planning for improved maternal and child health, sharing fact sheets and an infographic on why Christian values support family planning.… More

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.… More