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Remembering CCIH Champion Douglas Huber

December 15, 2023


Dr. Douglas Huber was a long-time CCIH advisor, advocate, and friend who touched countless lives during his career in global health. He passed away on November 7, 2023 after a short illness.

“Douglas was one of the earliest influencers to encourage CCIH to enter into family planning advocacy,” said CCIH Executive Director Doug Fountain. “He was a true pioneer in building bridges among faith communities and helping them find synergies and common ground on family planning based on mutual support for protecting the health of mothers and children. We learned a great deal from the example he set.”

Douglas is shown below with Luz “BicBic” Chua and Reverend Canon Grace Kaiso at the International Conference on Family Planning in Indonesia.

Douglas worked for over 40 years in international health, focusing on reproductive health, research, and innovative community health projects that changed national practices. As a missionary for the Episcopal Church, he was the HIV/AIDS Advisor to the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa.

Douglas was a member of the CCIH Board of Directors from 2007 to 2011, then became a Technical Advisor for Family Planning and Reproductive Health for CCIH. An influential figure in the faith-based global health community, he became a member of the Steering Council for the Faith to Action Network at its inception. He also worked for USAID and served on WHO expert committees for standards and guidelines on family planning practices.

Above photo shows Douglas with wife Sallie Craig Huber and Dr. Henry Mosley (right) at the 2018 CCIH Conference.

Originally from Arizona, Douglas received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona, and went on to earn his medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  He discovered his love for what he referred to as “the anonymous gift of public health” in the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, and earned a Master of Science in Medical Demography at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Douglas was the first recipient of the CCIH Christian International Health Champion Award in 2014 in recognition of his outstanding service to CCIH and immense efforts to further faith-based global health. (Top photo shows Douglas Huber presenting the 2019 CCIH Champion Award to Karen Sichinga of the Churches Health Association of Zambia.)

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