AHN chair

02 May 2014

A CLERIC from South Africa has been elected to chair the Anglican Health Network (AHN). He is Canon Desmond Lambrechts who advises the Archbishop of Cape Town, the Most Revd Thabo Makgoba, on health policy, and chairs the South African AIDS Council.

He heads a new board of provincial representatives to the AHN, an initiative of the 2008 Lambeth Conference. Its aim is to encourage Anglicans worldwide who work in health to share learning, create networks, and collaborate with health services at a global level. It has particular support in Africa.

Faith communities commanded an enormous spiritual and social capital, and needed to reassert their value as health-care partners with governments, the AHN's international conference on Faith in Health and Healing, held in Birmingham last year, concluded.

Canon Lambrechts has emphasised the importance of listening to the stories, achievements, and challenges of the provinces as the organisation moves forward.

"We will undertake to share best-practice models; perhaps find resources to replicate them in other contexts; and provide support and prayer to one another as we share the common vision of the Health Network," he said.

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