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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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Conversation with the chairs

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Religion, Health and Development

organized in collaboration with  Mission 21

and the Religion and Global Health Forum

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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

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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

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... 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).

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Participants

Leaders from

  • MISSION 21

  • World Health Organization

  • Government

  • Global Health organizations

  • Industry Leaders

  • USA National Institutes of Health

  • USAID

  • United Nations

  • Religious Organizations

Upcoming Events

  • Global Health Catalyst Summit Ghana
    Global Health Catalyst Summit Ghana
    Tue, Jul 02
    Accra
    Jul 02, 2024, 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM EDT
    Accra, JRJ7+WJP, Accra, Ghana
    Jul 02, 2024, 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM EDT
    Accra, JRJ7+WJP, Accra, Ghana
    The GHC Africa summit returns to Ghana following the successful launch of the Lancet Oncology Commission for sub-Saharan Africa in Ghana in May 2022. Photo Shows GHC Director Stephen Avery (University of Pennsylvania) meeting with the Ashanti King His Royal Highness Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II
  • 2024 Global Health Catalyst Summit Asia
    2024 Global Health Catalyst Summit Asia
    Sat, Nov 02
    Dhaka
    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
  • 2024 GLOBAL HEALTH CATALYST  SUMMIT, USA
    2024 GLOBAL HEALTH CATALYST  SUMMIT, USA
    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
    Cancer Moonshot 2.0: win-win collaborations for global health and development
  • World Cancer Day in collaboration with GCR
    World Cancer Day in collaboration with GCR
    Thu, Feb 08
    Webinar
    Feb 08, 2024, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM EST
    Webinar
    Feb 08, 2024, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM EST
    Webinar
    Global Coalition for Radiotherapy World Cancer Day Webinar Closing the Care Gap through Global Collaboration
  • TANZANIA-USA REGIONAL ADVANCED CANCER-CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE INVESTMENT FORUM
    TANZANIA-USA REGIONAL ADVANCED CANCER-CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE INVESTMENT FORUM
    Tue, Feb 06
    Dar es Salaam
    Feb 06, 2024, 6:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST
    Dar es Salaam, 24 Kivukoni Rd, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
    Feb 06, 2024, 6:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST
    Dar es Salaam, 24 Kivukoni Rd, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
    President Mwinyi to lead Tanzania - US Investors’ Forum on the Future of Cancer Care in Africa
  • 2023 London Global Cancer Week
    2023 London Global Cancer Week
    Sun, Nov 12
    Virtual event
    Nov 12, 2023, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Virtual event
    Nov 12, 2023, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Virtual event
    Cancer Moonshot 2.0: win-win collaborations to close the cancer divide
  • Global Health Catalyst Summit Bangladesh
    Global Health Catalyst Summit Bangladesh
    Sat, Sep 16
    Radisson Blu Water Garden
    Sep 16, 2023, 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM GMT+6
    Radisson Blu Water Garden, Dhaka 1206, Bangladesh
    Sep 16, 2023, 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM GMT+6
    Radisson Blu Water Garden, Dhaka 1206, Bangladesh
    First Major Global Health Catalyst summit in Asia
  • Global Health Catalyst summit @ University of Pennsylvania
    Global Health Catalyst summit @ University of Pennsylvania
    Thu, May 04
    Irvine Auditorium
    May 04, 2023, 8:00 AM EDT – May 06, 2023, 5:00 PM EDT
    Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce Street Philadelphia, 19104, USA
    May 04, 2023, 8:00 AM EDT – May 06, 2023, 5:00 PM EDT
    Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce Street Philadelphia, 19104, USA
    Theme "Cancer Moonshot 2.0: win-win collaborations to advance global health and development"
  • Extending the Cancer Moonshot Globally: USA-Africa Leaders summit
    Extending the Cancer Moonshot Globally: USA-Africa Leaders summit
    Mon, Dec 12
    Washington
    Dec 12, 2022, 10:00 AM
    Washington, 1232 22nd St NW, Washington, DC 20037, USA
    Dec 12, 2022, 10:00 AM
    Washington, 1232 22nd St NW, Washington, DC 20037, USA
    Achieving the cancer moonshot in Africa. https://ecancer.org/en/journal/editorial/126-achieving-the-cancer-moonshot-in-africa
  • Webinar with PEPFAR Director, Ambassador John Nkengasong
    Webinar with PEPFAR Director, Ambassador John Nkengasong
    Mon, Nov 21
    Zoom
    Nov 21, 2022, 9:00 AM EST
    Zoom
    Nov 21, 2022, 9:00 AM EST
    Zoom
    PEPFAR reimagined: Strengthening USA-Africa collaborations
  • Lancet Oncology Commission Launch in Nigeria
    Lancet Oncology Commission Launch in Nigeria
    Wed, Sep 28
    Abuja
    Sep 28, 2022, 9:00 AM
    Abuja, 1 Aguiyi Ironsi St, Maitama 900001, Abuja, Nigeria
    Sep 28, 2022, 9:00 AM
    Abuja, 1 Aguiyi Ironsi St, Maitama 900001, Abuja, Nigeria
    Experts urge Africa to declare state of emergency on cancer
  • Lancet Oncology Commission East Africa Launch in Tanzania
    Lancet Oncology Commission East Africa Launch in Tanzania
    Mon, Sep 26
    Dar es Salaam
    Sep 26, 2022, 8:00 AM
    Dar es Salaam, 24 Kivukoni Rd, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
    Sep 26, 2022, 8:00 AM
    Dar es Salaam, 24 Kivukoni Rd, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
    WHO applauds new Lancet Report on Cancer in sub-Saharan Africa https://www.afro.who.int/countries/united-republic-of-tanzania/news/who-applauds-new-lancet-report-cancer-sub-saharan-africa
  • European launch of The Lancet Oncology Commission on Cancer in sub-Saharan Africa
    European launch of The Lancet Oncology Commission on Cancer in sub-Saharan Africa
    Fri, Sep 16
    Stockholm
    Sep 16, 2022, 2:00 PM GMT+2
    Stockholm, Stockholm Sweden
    Sep 16, 2022, 2:00 PM GMT+2
    Stockholm, Stockholm Sweden
    Launch event with First Lady of Rwanda as Guest of Honor
  • Global Health Catalyst Summit @ Johns Hopkins
    Global Health Catalyst Summit @ Johns Hopkins
    Thu, Jul 07
    Hybrid (Johns Hopkins and Online)
    Jul 07, 2022, 8:00 AM – Jul 09, 2022, 5:00 PM
    Hybrid (Johns Hopkins and Online)
    Jul 07, 2022, 8:00 AM – Jul 09, 2022, 5:00 PM
    Hybrid (Johns Hopkins and Online)
    at Johns Hopkins Medicine-Sibley Memorial Hospital Conference Center 5215 Loughboro Rd NW, Washington, DC 20016, United States
  • Meeting with President John Kufuor in Ghana
    Meeting with President John Kufuor in Ghana
    Thu, May 12
    Ghana
    May 12, 2022, 7:00 PM
    Ghana
    May 12, 2022, 7:00 PM
    Ghana
    Meeting during the Launch of the Lancet Oncology Commission for sub-Saharan Africa in Ghana with Guest of Honor First Lady H.E. Rebecca Akufo-Addo
  • Collaborating with Cultural Leaders
    Collaborating with Cultural Leaders
    Wed, May 11
    Kumasi
    May 11, 2022, 7:00 PM
    Kumasi, Kumasi, Ghana
    May 11, 2022, 7:00 PM
    Kumasi, Kumasi, Ghana
  • Lancet Oncology Commission launch Meet the Press
    Lancet Oncology Commission launch Meet the Press
    Tue, May 10
    Accra
    May 10, 2022, 7:00 PM
    Accra, Accra, Ghana
    May 10, 2022, 7:00 PM
    Accra, Accra, Ghana
  • Lancet Oncology Commission for Sub-Saharan Africa Launch with President/Government of Ghana
    Lancet Oncology Commission for Sub-Saharan Africa Launch with President/Government of Ghana
    Tue, May 10
    Hybrid (Accra Ghana, and Online)
    May 10, 2022, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM GMT
    Hybrid (Accra Ghana, and Online)
    May 10, 2022, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM GMT
    Hybrid (Accra Ghana, and Online)
    Major Launch event with the President of Ghana Please join us on May 10, 2022 via live stream at 10:00 am (Ghana Accra time) available at: https://fb.me/e/1NKEN4Myw
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