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Religion, Health and Development

Catalyzing collaborations with Religious Organizations to advance global health and development

The 2024 GHC summit USA will bring together key leaders from religious, health, and development organizations to share knowledge, and develop collaborations and strategies to work together  including with policy makers, industry and other stake holders to advance global health and development.   Check back for more information on the summit program.

Organizing Chairs

The organizing team for Religion, Health and Development is led by the outstanding leaders

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Religion, Health and Development

organized in collaboration with  Mission 21

and the Religion and Global Health Forum


Health and Religion

Whether reading a top medical journal (e.g., the Lancet), talking with a primary health care doctor about medical procedures, sitting with a mentor or counselor after a medical diagnosis, discussing the construction of health clinics in rural communities, or watching news coverage on global pandemics, the topic of religion and faith emerges – and not as a side note. Historical and contemporary analyses of the development of health systems and practices show that local and global Faith-based Organizations (FBOs) have played a major role in health education, building healthcare systems, organizing community health clinics, and working with non-religious partners to forge sustainable health initiatives. Sometimes, in low-resource settings, FBOs have been the only providers of healthcare to citizens. Indeed, religious organizations and FBOs continue to be vital stakeholders in grassroots development initiatives in private and public spheres of personal and national life in the majority world in general, and in the provision of health care in particular


Anticipated Outcomes

  1. Collaborative partnerships leveraging technology for health care, research, education and development

  2. Ethical Guidelines and Best Practices

  3. Funding and resource mobilization


... and Development

In 2015, the World Bank sponsored an initiative, including a panel discussion, on: “The Power of Faith to Help End Extreme Poverty” (see here). Part of the World Bank’s goal and vision was to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030. Currently, many countries are not on track to meet the health and economic targets of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. In September of 2023, USAID released its first-ever religious engagement policy, affirming the important role of religious communities and faith-based organizations as strategic development partners. Furthermore, faith guides the lives of individuals and communities worldwide, with 84% of the world's population identifying with a religious group. Furthermore, religion influences how people perceive and respond to health issues, or take up new health interventions, especially in times of crisis, as we learned during COVID-19. As global travel communication, and migrations continue to diversify local communities worldwide, religion and spirituality play a significant role in shaping the values, beliefs, ecosystems, and behaviors of billions of people around the world. Studies in the field of integrative medicine recognize how religion and spirituality interface with socio-historical, biological, psychological, economic, and ecological domains that are often the subject of health-related research and policy development (see here).



Leaders from

  • MISSION 21

  • World Health Organization

  • Government

  • Global Health organizations

  • Industry Leaders

  • USA National Institutes of Health


  • United Nations

  • Religious Organizations

Upcoming Events

    Fri, Jun 07
    Washington (Johns Hopkins)
    Jun 07, 2024, 8:00 AM EDT – Jun 09, 2024, 4:00 PM EDT
    Washington (Johns Hopkins), 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    Jun 07, 2024, 8:00 AM EDT – Jun 09, 2024, 4:00 PM EDT
    Washington (Johns Hopkins), 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
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  • 2024 Global Health Catalyst Summit Asia
    2024 Global Health Catalyst Summit Asia
    Sat, Nov 02
    Nov 02, 2024, 1:00 AM – Nov 04, 2024, 1:00 AM
    Dhaka, Airport Rd, Dhaka 1206, Bangladesh
    Nov 02, 2024, 1:00 AM – Nov 04, 2024, 1:00 AM
    Dhaka, Airport Rd, Dhaka 1206, Bangladesh
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