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AHN logo   November 2013 NEWSLETTER
Health issues at the assembly of the World Council of Churches

AHN Coordinator, Paul Holley, was invited by the World Council of Churches to advise the assembly during its 'ecumenical conversation' on health and healing. Hosted in the coastal city of Busan in South Korea, the assembly attracted as many as 4000 participants. Around 80 attended the conversation on health, mostly from African countries. After 4 days of deliberations, the group was able to draw together some key pointers to inform the programmatic planning of WCC for the coming 8 years. 

The theme for the assembly was 'God of life, lead us to justice and peace'. UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe addressed a plenary session of the assembly and invited churches to become more involved in the continued battle against HIV/AIDS. Father Michael Lapsley from South Africa shared his story from the struggle against apartheid during which he was disabled by a letter bomb. His 'Healing of Memories' programme has been promoted by WCC and is applied in different post conflict settings around the world. 

Anglicans rejoiced at the election of Dr. Agnes Abuom as the new moderator of WCC. A lay member of the Anglican Church of Kenya, Dr. Abuom brings a great deal of experience in development to the role. Bishop Mark MacDonald from the Anglican Church of Canada was elected as one of the 5 presidents of WCC. Bishop Mark is a member of AHN, having a concern for the health of indigenous communities under his care.

 Working alongside colleagues from church health-related organisations, Paul drafted a paper outlining a rationale and set of possible objectives for WCC in the future. The paper can be downloaded on the following link.

News from the Network
Botswana Hospice to open new wing

The Anglican-run Holy Cross Hospice in Botswana is set to open an inpatient wing to enable it to effectively run it’s Palliative Care Program by giving nurses and social workers more time to assist the patients with psychosocial support. Further details can be found on this link.

   Hospice Manager Pearl Ncube stands in front of one of the unfinished inpatient wing buildings.

ACHAP Autumn Newsletter

The Africa Christian Health Associations Platform issues regular newsletters to share news and point to trends in global health. This edition includes research from the World Bank on faith-based health, and news from projects in Cameroon, Kenya and Uganda. Download the newsletter on this link.

Nurse C.J. Ross and Dr. Bob Serio,two Diocese of Alabama medical mission group,provide follow-up treatment in February 2010 to a young womanwho had a minor earthquake injury trapped in the rubble for three days

Haiti medical mission group sets core principles

          An ecumenical group of people involved in medical missions to Haiti has offered colleagues in the Episcopal Church and beyond a set of “core principles” that ought to guide those efforts. For the full story, follow this link.
Parish Nursing in New Zealand

The summer 2013 edition of Nelson Diocese's newsletter highlighted the work of parish nurses. Elaine Tyrrell, chair of New Zealand Faith Community Nurses Association said, "The health service of today focuses its limited resources on physical and mental issues. Parish nurses are as concerned with spiritual needs as they are with physical and mental health. Within the community of the Christian church they seek to support individuals to be healthy in body mind and spirit". To read the articles in this special edition, follow this link


NZFCNA website

An update and appeal from AZUR Christian Health Centre, Uganda

Albert Kisembo, health centre administrator, writes of the continuing service of AZUR to its surrounding communities. With growing capacity, the range of services is expanding. Albert sets out the opportunities in which the wider church can aid the development of the centre. For the full report, follow this link. 


The April 2013 Faith in Health and Healing Conference hosted 60 presentations. Reports are being posted online: Faith in Health Net

AHN Resources

The AHN website contains a stock of reports on faith based health care and global health: Resources 

Opportunities for blogging and comment are available on the AHN website: AHN Blog

Keep up to date

AHN Coordinator, Paul Holley has recently started to tweet regular updates. Follow on Twitter

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