FIA regularly focuses on current global health issues, and what our faith communities are doing to help solve them. Click below to see our latest Spotlights:
WINTER SPOTLIGHT: U.S. FOREIGN ASSISTANCE DELIVERS HOPE + HUMAN SECURITY -- SUCCESS IS HISTORIC.
In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets. U.S. foreign assistance is some of the most compassionate work we do. It may also be some of the most misunderstood.
Faith communities and faith-based organizations work hand-in-hand with critical U.S. government leadership, funds and influence, helping make foreign assistance a life-saving, unprecedented success. Consider:
Now every year, millions of children thrive beyond their 5th birthdays when just 25 years ago, they would have died. In 2015 alone, 6.8 million more children under age 5 survived than would have in 1990. learn more...
FALL SPOTLIGHT: LIVING WATER/DEADLY HEALTHCARE
Guess how many times the Bible names water. 25 times? 50?
Try 722 times. Perhaps that helps explain why water is the single symbol shared by every world religion. Used throughout rituals to cleanse, purify and sanctify, water is the foundation for all life. But that turns out not to be true, in of all places, hospitals and healthcare facilities around the world.
During the middle Ages, Europeans -- and much of the world -- lived in filth with poor hygiene and practically no sanitation. Life-expectancy measured in the teens. It not only endangered mothers and newborns, epidemics and diseases like bubonic plague, typhus, smallpox and tuberculosis (“consumption”) thrived in this dirty environment, taking a massive toll on humanity.
Today we call it WASH: Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene. It’s vital to healthcare and it’s shockingly absent. learn more...
SEPTEMBER SPOTLIGHT: REFUGEES
The stranger is no stranger in Scripture:
At least 36 times, the Hebrew Bible commands justice and love of the stranger. He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. [Deuteronomy 10:18] Perhaps this command to love the stranger is repeated more than any other because loving the stranger is necessary, but sometimes really hard, when we have our own needs and concerns to worry about, too.
The New Testament and Qu'ran are clear, too:
Perhaps it is no coincidence that this passage is one of the most famous in the New Testament: I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me. [Matthew 25]
The Qu'ran says it is an act of righteousness to give money to “Ibn Al-Sabil”, a wayfarer. Worship Allah and associate nothing with Him, and to parents do good, and to relatives, orphans, the needy, the near neighbor, the neighbor farther away, the companion at your side, the traveler… [An-Nisaa’ 4:36] learn more...
JULY-AUGUST SPOTLIGHT: HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Every July 30th marks World Day Against Trafficking in Persons
Hebrews 11: By faith Abraham…set out for a place…not knowing where he was going. At any given time, 20-27 million people, not knowing where they are going, end up trafficked into abusive labor situations, indentured servitude and sex slavery. Trafficking is modern-day slavery; the second largest and fastest growing illegal trade in the world, valued at around $32 billion.
The U.S. isn’t exempt from human trafficking within our borders, one of the factors that increasingly drives U.S. faith-based groups to this issue, bringing it and its victims into their congregations. Evangelical Christians were key passing the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, which prevents the quick deportation of many migrant children. learn more...
JUNE SPOTLIGHT: FAITH, FOOD SECURITY, AND NUTRITION
Food Security and Nutrition are among the most important issues we face now and into the future. Globally, 795 million people remain hungry today. Between now and 2050, the global population is projected to rise from 7 to 9.2 billion people, demanding a 60% increase in global food production.
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MAY SPOTLIGHT: SAVING MOTHERS, GIVING LIFE TO HEALTHY FAMILIES WORLDWIDE
From Mother's Day in the U.S. and International Day of the Family, to the Congressional Child Survival Prayer Breakfast and the first ever World Humanitarian Summit, May is about Moms.
Faith-based organizations have long battled the dangers of giving birth. In Ghana, for example, women have little control over their pregnancies and child-rearing. So Catholic Relief Services (CRS) took on the sensitive challenge of overcoming harmful cultural practices that contribute to maternal and child deaths.
During a 4-year, USAID-funded effort, CRS looked to the community for help, training volunteers who could persuade husbands and mothers-in-law to include expectant mothers in decisions about healthier birthing practices. CRS also engaged local leaders--village chiefs, religious leaders, elders and queen mothers--who can help change dangerous cultural practices. The results are impressive! learn more...