A lack of data about Christian health asset landscape leads to undercounting and exclusion from planning, partnerships, and research

What is the Christian Health Landscape?

The landscape refers to a broad and complex array of organizations, services, and partners commonly referred to as “health assets.” These assets include organizations that directly serve populations and train or support direct service providers.

Direct service organizations include:
● Christian Health Care Facilities
● Christian Community Health Initiatives
● Congregational or Other Church-run Health Programs.

Support organizations include:
● Networks of facilities and programs, such as the Christian Health Associations
● Drug and Medical Supply Organizations
● Health Worker Training Institutions
● International Support

Healthcare employees move equipment in Haiti.

What’s Changing that Makes this Timely and Relevant? 

The nature of diseases and determinants of health are changing rapidly in many low- and middle-income countries. New partnerships and scalable strategies are urgently needed to confront new challenges. New financing opportunities and service delivery technologies are also changing the nature of services and access to data. Many partners have amassed vital expertise and datasets about their work.

Each national health framework has local data mandates and requirements, making it impractical to have a “one size fits all” global data standard.

Nevertheless, we can encourage the inclusion of faith actors and, in turn, help faith actors provide better-quality data.

Public-Private Partnerships and efforts to comprehensively strengthen health systems underscore the urgency of improved access to data. Governments can collaborate with faith actors to achieve common health objectives.

At the same time, data can be utilized in unhelpful ways. In the worst case, opposing groups can use data to undermine faith-based health assets.

Who Needs This Information?

Data and mapping on Christian health assets will be helpful to the following audiences:
● Policymakers who seek to plan for health systems;
● Donors who seek to support Christian health services;
● Church structures that need to understand their role in health services;
● Partners who seek collaboration opportunities; and
● Researchers who wish to study and evaluate health services and innovations.

Is CHAMC for Christian organizations only, or all Faith Actors?

It is for all faith actors, Christian and otherwise. CHAMC started by focusing the efforts where it is the most knowledgeable – with Christian health assets. Many other faith actors share with Christian organizations that they operate private, non-profit services in facilities, communities, and houses of worship. This makes the implications, strategies, and analysis helpful for all faith groups.

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