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CHAK is a leading non-profit Faith Based Organization (FBO) of Protestant churches' health facilities and programs from all over Kenya. CHAK's activities are co-ordinated centrally from the Secretariat in Nairobi. CHAK’s history dates back to the 1930s when it was established as a Hospitals’ Committee of the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK).

To learn more about CHAK, visit their website: Christian Health Association of Kenya



The Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network of Kenya is an independent non-profit, apolitical Christian organization that addreses pharmaceutical issues in the church health care system particularly in resource poor settings. The network was started in 1981 as a programme within the Christian Medical Commission of the World Council of Churches (WCC) based in Geneva Switzerland.

To learn more about the activities of EPN, visit their website:



The Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau (UPMB) is an umbrella, private, not-for-profit, Faith Based Organisation (FBO) of Protestant Churches and Church related organizations involved in Health care in Uganda. Started in 1957, UPMB is involved in advocacy and lobbying for policy on behalf of its members, capacity building,publicity and networking and support and supervision.

To learn more about the Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau, visit their website:



The Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau (UCMB) was established in 1955  with the main purpose of overseeing the procurement of drugs and medical equipment and to distribute to the units grants . In 1979, the Catholic Medical Bureau and the Protestant Medical Bureau jointly established a drugs’ procurement agency: the Joint Medical Stores. The JMS is now an autonomous organisation in whose Board sit the representative of the founding bodies (the UPMB and the UCMB).

To learn more about the work of the Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau (UCMB) visit their website:


  • Santé Rurale-THE SANRU PROJECT 

SANRU (Santé Rurale) is a partnership program of the Protestant Church of Congo (ECC) and Interchurch Medical Assistance (I.M.A.) to improve health care in DR Congo through health zone development, especially in rural areas.

To learn  more about SANRU visit their website:


  • OSEELC (L’oeuvre de santé de l’Eglise Evangélique Luthérienne au Cameroun)- THE ASSOCIATION OF EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCHES IN CAMEROON

The Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Cameroon is an umbrella body that comprises 3 district hospitals and 17health centres. OSEELC offers to its members helps its member units implement various programs ranging from monitoring and evaluation, communication, human resource and financial management, maintenance of bio-medical equipments, Health Management Information System and logistics.

To get to know more about the work of OSEELC, visit their website that is in both English and French:



Bethesda is a faith based hospital that was started in Benin in 1990 by the Council of Churches of Benin with an aim to "improve the physical and social wellbeing of the individual and the family at accessible and reduced rates".

Today the hospital offers services such as pediatry, Odontology, Opthamology, Kinesitherapy, and also has programs that deal in training in Human Resource, Financial and material management, as well as infrastructure and equipment management.

For more on the work of the BETHESDA hospital, visit their website:



The Christian Social Services Commission is an umbrella body that brings together the Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC), representing the Catholic Church, and Christian Council of Tanzania (CCT), representing about 14 Protestant Churches and 10 Church related Organizations.

CSSC is involved in fostering ecumenical cooperation in matters regarding social services provided by Tanzanian Churches, lobbying and advocacy with government towards improving the environment for provision of church related services among other things. CSSC is also involved in education through the establishment of various schools.

For more information on the work of CSSC visit their website: In addition CSSC has started a website for its members organizations to facilitate more information sharing, the website is called Afya mtandao:


  • Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG) 

The Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG) is an umbrella organization that coordinates the activities of the Christian Health Institutions and Christian Churches’ Health programmes in Ghana.  It is a body through which all or most of the Christian Church related health facilities /programmes liaise with the Ministry of Health to ensure proper collaboration and complementation of the government efforts at providing for the health needs of Ghanaians.

For more information on the work of CHAG, visit their website:


  • Churches Health Association of Zambia

The Churches Health Association of Zambia (CHAZ), was created in 1970 as an umbrella organization to represent work done by Church health institutions in Zambia. CHAZ complements government efforts in the delivery of quality healthcare by bringing to the health sector human, material, financial resources, innovation, and more importantly, Christian love and care.
The membership is comprised of hospitals, health centres, faith based organizations and community based programs. Altogether, these institutions are responsible for over 50% of formal health services in the rural areas of Zambia and about 30% of health care in the country as a whole.
There are 135 affiliates representing 16 different churches both Catholic and protestant, with a majority of them based in rural areas of Zambia.

 For more information on the work of CHAZ visit their website:




IMA World Health is a nonprofit faith based-organization (FBO) that provides health care services and products to people in need around the world. IMA works primarily in developing nations, where an estimated 30 to 60 percent of health care is provided by FBOs.

To learn more about the activities of IMA World Health, visit their website:

  • World Council of Churches (WCC)

The WCC brings together 349 churches, denominations and church fellowships in more than 110 countries and territories throughout the world, representing over 560 million Christians and including most of the world's Orthodox churches, scores of denominations from such historic traditions of the Protestant Reformation as Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist and Reformed, as well as many united and independent churches. WCC has also sponsored various programs of the Africa CHA's forum, including the recently held conference of FBO's in Dar-es-Salaam Tanzania.

For more information on the World Council of Churches, visit their website:


  • The Global Fund

The Global Fund was created  to finance the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. These diseases kill over 6 million people each year, and the numbers are growing. More recently it has supported the meeting of Africa Christian Health Associations by helping bring together the heads of the CHA's during the Global Fund-FBO meeting held in Dar-es-Salaam where it outlined initiatives to support the fight these diseases in African countries.

For more information on the work of the Global Fund, visit their website:



The German Medical Mission (DIFAEM) was established in 1959 with the aim of attaining 3 goals,
(i) Procurement and Distribution of drugs

(ii) Local production of drugs

(iii) Raising awareness

To learn more about the work of DIFAEM, visit their website:

  • ICCO

ICCO is an inter church organisation for development cooperation. It gives global financial support and advice to local organisations and networks that work for better access to basic facilities, initiating sustainable economical development and enhancing peace and democracy. It work together closely with civil society organisations, including development organisations, educational organisations and businesses.

To learn more on ICCO, visit their website:


Cordaid offers expertise in emergency aid and structural poverty eradication. It has a network of almost a thousand partner organisations in 36 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

To learn more on CORDAID visit their website: 


MISEREOR was founded in 1958 as an agency "against hunger and disease in the world". It is mandated by the Catholic Church in Germany to fight the causes of hardship and misery in the forms of hunger, disease, poverty and other forms of human suffering thus enabling the people affected to lead a life of human dignity. This is in addition to promoting justice, freedom, reconciliation and peace in the world.

To learn more on MISEREOR, visit their website:


An innovative global initiative funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Capacity Project strengthens human resources to implement quality health programming in developing countries, with particular focus on improving workforce planning and leadership to ensure that the right type and number of health workers are deployed to the right locations.

To learn more on the Capacity Project, visit their website:


The Global Health Workforce Alliance was created in 2006 as a common platform for action to address the crisis of health workers shortage worldwide. The Alliance is a partnership of national governments, civil society, international agencies, finance institutions, researchers, educators and professional associations dedicated to identifying, implementing and advocating for solutions.

To learn more on the alliance visit their website: