I post this letter on behalf of Jane Smith. This is a letter from MEP Baroness Sarah Ludford.
I post this reply from MEP Mary Honeyball on behalf of Jane Smith.
I am posting this response on behalf of one of our London group members. This comes from Dr. Charles Tannock MEP, one of the London MEPs, who has tabled a parliamentary question on the GAVI Alliance. There is no doubt that this comes as a result of the numerous asks made of him by London RESULTS group members. Congratulations to all who have taken this action. Below is the full text of his PQ.
"I have been contacted by London constituents regarding financial support for the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) alliance from the EU.
This is the letter Baroness Ludford wrote to EU Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs about increasing funding for the GAVI.
I recently received this amazing response from Baroness Sarah Ludford MEP on the GAVI Alliance. Not only does she point out the contribution that the EU is making in the fight fro child survival but she has also written to both Andrew Mitchell -requesting that he place GAVI on agenda of the Foreign Affairs Council meeting on May 22nd and to Andris Piebalgs, head of the EU Development Commission, asking him for increased EU funding for GAVI.
This month, as well as relying on my MEPs to contact Andrew Mitchell, I also wrote to him directly myself. I asked that he mention GAVI funding at the informal meeting of development ministers on Feb 22nd and that he put it on the agenda of the general affairs committee of the European Parliament. I have attached the letter so you can read what they are saying on the issue...it's pretty interesting!
A member of our Birmingham group got a letter on PMTCT of HIV and how effective international aid can be in making real change in the lives of the world's poorest and most vulnerable people.
Richard Keep of the Birmingham group got a letter published on the aid debate. The letter was published in the Birmingham Mail Extra on Thursday, 18th December 2010
December 1st, is World Aids Day. On this day, and every day this year, 1000 children will be born infected with HIV.
A coalition of organisations including the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, the Gates Foundation and the ONE Foundation are undertaking a campaign to scale up ‘prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV’ (PMTCT) services to ensure that no child is born with HIV by 2015.
Education has been described by some as a ‘silver bullet'. Study after study shows that basic education – especially for girls and women – is simply one of the best development investments that can be made. Education plays a pivotal role in the fight against poverty, maternal and infant mortality, ill-health, and especially against HIV/AIDS.