Each of CCIH’s four thematic working groups (including the Health of Women and Children) was invited to develop an ‘issues paper” to serve as an agenda for CCIH action. This is one of the four resulting papers. Working groups developed action plans based on these at the CCIH Annual Conference in June 2019. Suggestions and contributions are always welcome. See the paper
Contact Mona Bormet at mona.bormet (at) ccih.org with questions, or to join the Health of Women and Children Working Group.
Respectful Maternity Care: What Is It? And How Can We Achieve It?
Mistreatment in childbirth violates the fundamental obligation of a health system to provide support and healing in childbirth, can cause lasting emotional trauma, and goes against our Christian calling to provide compassionate care. What is driving mistreatment during childbirth, one of the most important times a woman needs support and quality care? This webinar held March 28, 2019 focused on the types and prevalence of mistreatment, the rights of a childbearing woman as she receives care during pregnancy and birth and current tools and resources being used in multiple settings to decrease mistreatment and improve the quality of care.
Suzanne Stalls, CNM, MA, Senior Technical Advisor, Maternal Child Survival Program, Jhpiego
Jean Chamberlain Froese, MD, Founder and Executive Director, Save the Mothers
The session was moderated by Allison Flynn, MPH, Senior Program Advisor for Health & Nutrition, World Relief.
Global Health and Tropical Medicine Overview | by Christian Health Service Corps | This course covers WHO guidelines such as Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses, topics such as malnutrition, skills including suturing, and an approach to tropical diseases. Check listings for upcoming dates.
Helping Children Become Resilient Workshop | by Dick Stellway, PhD | This workshop is designed to help groups develop an action plan to assist orphans and vulnerable children handle the challenges they face by building their resilience and coping capacity.
Bringing School and Community Together | by Dick Stellway, PhD | This workshop provides an agenda for a community event to address the impact of HIV/AIDS on children and youth and incorporates Dr. Ravi Jayakaran’s highly successful “Ten Seed Technique.”
CCIH Member Maternal and Child Health Programs
Christian Health Association of Ghana(CHAG) 100 Days Campaign reduced maternal mortality by 25% (from 145 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births to 109 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births). In the campaign, CHAG facilities evaluated 100-day periods, looking for what went right for facilities that had no maternal deaths, and trying to find the root cause in cases where deaths occurred. The campaign focused on learning and building the capacity of facility staff through WhatsApp groups where medical personnel could ask questions and share information and assigning mentors to each of 74 hospitals. Key to the program was empowering facility staff to own their interventions and learn from their mistakes. Watch a video on the campaign.
Engaging FBOs in the Response to Maternal Mortality | This document was created as a result of a November 2011 meeting at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in collaboration with the World Faiths Development Dialogue and Christian Connections for International Health. These case studies served as a springboard for group discussion and offered a number of recommendations for increasing the capacity of FBOs working on maternal health issues.
Faith to Action Initiative | The Faith to Action Initiative brings together Christian faith-based organizations, churches and individuals seeking to respond to the needs of orphans and other vulnerable children in sub-Saharan Africa. The core focus of its work is to promote approaches to orphan care that uphold the value of family and community in the life of a child.