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The rise of the resistant bug

6 February 2017

The discovery of penicillin changed the world. Alexander Fleming revolutionised the way we see microbial infections by discovering the first antibiotic, a feat that ultimately awarded him joint Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Florey & Chain in 1945. The World Health Organisation estimates antimicrobials, on average, add on 20 years to everyone’s life. Not only do they offer quick relief from that troublesome tooth infection or earache but they also underpin modern medicine as...

It's not every day you get a promising new lead in the arms race against TB

31 January 2017

One of my most embarrassing talking points on tuberculosis is that there have been no new first-line treatments for TB since before we put a man on the moon. This is a ridiculous amount of time to not have new, widely used treatments for a disease that kills 1.8 million people each year.

We just took an important step closer to making that statement untrue.

Tuberculosis drug development is slow, expensive, and there isn't a good market for TB drugs because most of the people...

A good news story: Improved health in El Salvador

23 January 2017

In this guest post, Steve Lewis, RESULTS UK'S former Head of Policy, reflects on a recent visit to El Salvador and the incredible progress that has been made to expand access to basic primary health care across rural communities.

Let me introduce you to my friend Graciela. Graciela’s story shows us that life is getting better in most developing countries, that foreign aid works, and that most people in most poor countries are healthier now than they used to be. They are...

January conference call recording now available

18 January 2017

A recording of the January grassroots conference call is now available to download here .

With only 3 countries in the world – Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan – recording polio cases last year, there is real hope in 2017 that the disease can be eradicated for good. This month’s action focuses on the importance of ensuring the UK government does all it can to support the...

From donor funding to domestic leaders: why country ownership matters

10 January 2017

In all societies there are many ways to foster change. Take a look at the United Kingdom and you’ll see various activities which a wide range of groups use to bring about new, improved or different ways of doing things. Our grassroots campaigners are excellent examples of this. They spend their time writing to their MPs, meeting with government officials, attending local meetings and trying to get articles placed in newspapers in order to bring public or political attention to a certain...

Evidence and Empathy

5 January 2017
I arrived into my office on the first working day of the new year to a depressingly familiar refrain: “Did you see what was on the front page of the Daily Mail today?!” It came as no surprise when the details of the...

December conference call recording now available

12 December 2016

A recording of the December grassroots conference call is now available to download here .

On this month’s call, we took a look back at campaign successes that the RESULTS grassroots network have contributed to during 2016, from helping to secure an ambitious UK pledge of £1.1 billion at the Global Fund Replenishment in Montreal, to making Climate Risk Insurance a hot topic at this year’s UN Climate Change Conference....

A step forward for disability and development

12 December 2016

“I am determined to establish DFID as the global leader in this neglected and under prioritised area – people with disabilities must be at the heart of our work to build a more prosperous and secure future, which is in all of our interests. I will be working with governments, NGOs, multilaterals, businesses and individuals to ensure that nobody is left behind.”

On Monday 5 th December the Secretary of State of International Development, Priti Patel, made this promising commitment to...

Integrating nutrition and health: Strengthening the evidence through case studies

2 December 2016

This week, RESULTS UK launched its most recent research, Integrating nutrition and health across the Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health continuum ’. Anushree Shiroor, Policy Advocacy Officer (Nutrition), reviews the key findings.

Why is nutrition critical along the RMNCAH continuum? Nutrition requirements are increased particularly during adolescence, pregnancy, lactation, and early childhood to promote growth, good health,...

World AIDS Day: global challenges require global leadership

1 December 2016

Across the pond, pundits are beginning to speculate what the President-Elect’s cabinet picks will mean for US support for international development, with some pessimistically suggesting that America First may literally translate as America Not Overseas.

In particular, concerns have been voiced about a potential break from the bipartisan consensus that has existed for many years on the need to address HIV. Let us not forget that it was Republican George W...

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