Child Family Health International (CFHI), is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that provides community-based global health education programs for students and institutions around the world.
CFHI was granted Special Consultative Status with the UN in 2009. Its community-based programs, according to CFHI, “increase cultural competency, engender an appreciation for the broad determinants of global health, elevate understanding of public health, and provide esteem for local, native health care providers.”
CFHI offers health education in Africa, Asia, and other parts of the world. The organization runs programs in Argentina, Bolivia, South Africa, Ghana, Uganda and the Philippines. A program for Arusha, Tanzania is in the works, according to prweb.
CFHI’s programs in Uganda include Exploring HIV & Maternal/Child Health and Nutrition and Food Security & Sustainable Agriculture. In the Philippines, the Remote Island Medicine Program addresses the region’s lack of access to health care.
In August, CFHI announced a partnership with Aperian Global in order to utilize its online cultural intelligence tool, called GlobeSmart. This partnership will help CFHI interact effectively with various communities throughout the world.
Already, many countries in Africa and Asia are seeing improvements in health care. Global malaria deaths have dropped 60 percent over the last 15 years, the number of HIV infections has decreased and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital will be completed in February 2016, according to SouthAfrica.info
But more needs to be done. SouthAfrica.info reports, “The public sector is stretched and under-resourced in places. While the state contributes about 40 percent of all expenditure on health, the public health sector is under pressure to deliver services to about 80 percent of the population.”
The case is similar in Asia’s developing countries. “Developing Asia societies will need to invest further into their health care systems to build a strong health care system supported by well-trained health care workers and a sustainable healthcare financing system,” said Minister for Health, Republic of Singapore Gan Kim Young at last year’s Health Care in Asia Summit.
The progress so far needs to be assessed to determine strengths and weaknesses on the global health front. Vaccinations have arguably made the greatest dent in diseases, but universal health care is the main concern.
Educating the next generation of global leaders is a great solution to this problem, and that is what CFHI aims to do.