This is a simple alphabetical listing of some institutions and networks operating at the intersection of religion and public health.
OTHER NETWORKS AND ENGAGED INSTITUTIONS
|AFRICAN CHRISTIAN HEALTH ASSOCIATIONS PLATFORM
A networking forum for Christian Health Associations and Networks from Sub-Saharan Africa. The core functions of the forum are coordinated by a Secretariat Office hosted by the Christian Health Association of Kenya (CHAK) in Nairobi. The forum’s core mandate is to facilitate networking and communication among Christian Health Associations (CHAs) and to create a stronger voice in advocacy.
|CABSA: CHRISTIAN AIDS BUREAU OF SOUTHERN AFRICA
CABSA is a faith based NGO registered in South Africa, providing services internationally, but with a specific focus on Southern Africa. Through the work of CABSA, faith leaders and faith communities learn accurate scientific about HIV and the sociocultural drivers of the HIV epidemic, hear God's voice in the epidemic and develop a sound Biblical response and are equipped to initiate and guide a HIV competent response in their local faith community. CABSA has two flagship programmes and one key campaign. The two projects are the CARIS (the Christian AIDS Resource and Information service), which manages this website, and the Churches, Channels of Hope programme.
|CENTER FOR FAITH AND COMMUNITY HEALTH TRANSFORMATION (CHICAGO, USA)
A joint project of Advocate Health Care and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Neighborhoods Initiative. The Center was formed to mobilize the unique strengths of faith communities to address the social conditions that impact people’s health.
|CHRISTIAN CONNECTIONS FOR INTERNATIONAL HEALTH (USA)
Christian Connections for International Health (CCIH) began in 1987 as a forum for Christian agencies and individuals concerned about international health to discuss areas of mutual interest. Today it is a diverse network of 165 organizations and 300 individuals with a mission to promote international health and wholeness from a Christian perspective. http://www.ccih.org/
|DIFAEM - THE GERMAN INSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL MISSION (TüBINGEN, GERMANY)
Deutsches Institut für ärztliche Mission (DIFAEM) is a Christian NGO offering technical expertise and financial support for health services in resource-limited settings. Its special emphasis is on Primary Health Care and access to good health services even for poor and marginalized communities. Through its international work, DIFAEM provides support for about 80 health projects mainly in Africa, but also in Asia and to a lesser extent in Latin America. http://www.difaem.de/
|ECUMENICAL PHARMACEUTICAL NETWORK (EPN)
EPN e Ecumenical Pharmacuetical Network (EPN) is a Christian, not for profit, independent organization committed to the provision of quality pharmaceutical services as a means to achieving global goals and targets on health and access to medicines. http://www.epnetwork.org/
|EMORY UNIVERSITY – INTERFAITH HEALTH PROGRAM (USA)
Various groups and individuals are engaged in this work based at Emory University - including those affiliated to the Interfaith Health Program (IHP),the Rollins School of Public Health, and the Religion and Health Collaborative (RHC).
www.interfaithhealth.emory.edu; www.emory.edu; www.sph.emory.edu; www.rhcemory.org
|HUMAN SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (SOUTH AFRICA)
Various individuals from the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) are supportive of the collaborative work, including the Social Aspects of HIV Research programme (SAHA).
|JOINT LEARNING INITIATIVE ON FAITH AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES
JLIF&LC is an international collaboration on evidence for faith groups’ activities and contribution to community health and wellbeing. The JLI F&LC was formed in 2012, and initially funded, by a broad collaboration of international development organizations, UN agencies, academic institutions and religious bodies.
|LCL INITIATIVE: LEADING CAUSES OF LIFE
A key idea that emerged from the work of ARHPA is that of ‘the leading causes of life.’ Really a congruent and integrated set of several concepts, it offers a vibrant framework for rethinking and reframing a great deal of work in health (and other spheres of social life). The ‘Leading Causes of Life (LCL) Initiative,’ an offshoot of IRHAP and part of its extended activity, has just been launched to take these ideas further.
|MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL (SOUTH AFRICA)
Various individuals from the Medical Research Council (MRC) are involved in the collaborative work.
|METHODIST LEBONHEUR HEALTHCARE (MEMPHIS TN, USA)
Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare (MLH) has been a healing presence in the heart of Memphis, Tennessee since 1918 and is one of the largest faith-based health systems in the world. The Center of Excellence in Faith and Health (COEFH) was established in 2007, and is charged with working toward an integrated understanding of faith and health in the Memphis context.
The Salvation Army - International Health Services - operates in 115 countries and in every country Salvationists respond to the health concerns in their communities through more than 15,000 churches (corps). In addition to church-based programmes, The Salvation Army currently has 183 health programmes in 39 countries, focusing on healthcare and the prevention of disease. These include 23 general hospitals and more than 150 clinics and health posts.
A US-based voluntary movement of people working within hospital health systems who see in the current policy environment the opportunity to address the underlying causes of poor health in their communities by strategically shifting existing resources and partnering with diverse stakeholders.
Tearfund is a Christian international aid and development agency operating in more than fifty countries to end poverty and injustice, and to restore dignity and hope in some of the world’s poorest communities.
|UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN (SOUTH AFRICA)
The ARHAP Hub was based in the Department of Department of Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town (UCT) from 2003-2011. The Hub has now been moved to the School of Public Health and Family Medicine. http://www.uct.ac.za/; http://www.publichealth.uct.ac.za/
|UNIVERSITY OF KWAZULU NATAL (SOUTH AFRICA)
Various partners based at the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) are involved in this work - in particular the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics (SRCP). A key network run from UKZN is The Collaborative for HIV and AIDS, Religion and Theology (CHART). http://chart.ukzn.ac.za/
|UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AFRICA (SOUTH AFRICA)
Various individuals from University of South Africa (UNISA) have been supportive of the collaborative work.
|UNIVERSITY OF STELLENBOSCH (SOUTH AFRICA)
Various individuals from Stellenbosch University (SUN) have been supportive of the collaborative work, including the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies (STIAS) and the Unit for Religion and Development Research (URDR). http://www.sun.ac.za/; http://www0.sun.ac.za/urdr/
|UNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE (SOUTH AFRICA)
Various individuals from the University of the Western Cape (UWC) have been supportive of the collaborative work. http://www.uwc.ac.za/
|UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND (SOUTH AFRICA)
Various individuals from University of the Witwatersrand are engaged in this work, especially from the Wits Centre for Health Policy and Sociology Department.
The vision of Vesper Society, a faith based organization, is a compassionate world, which protects human dignity and enhances human potential. Vesper Society strives to meet the social, health, educational, and spiritual needs of individuals and communities.
|WFDD: WORLD FAITHS DEVELOPMENT DIALOGUE
World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD) is a non-profit organization established in 2000 in the UK and it is now a US 5013(c) entity, based at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Its focus is on policy and on partnerships that aim to fight poverty, and its mission is to build bridges among agencies working on poverty and development issues, working from secular and faith-inspired perspectives.
|WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES – HEALTH DESK
The World Council of Churches (WCC) brings together 349 churches, denominations and church fellowships in more than 110 countries and territories, representing over 560 million Christians. The WCC Health and Healing Program supports the churches' work in the field of health and healing with particular emphasis on HIV/AIDS, mental health, and the promotion of reconciliation and the 'healing of memories'.
We continue to update this list – please contact us if there are further engaged institutions that should be added.