Blog: 2019

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day: Science for the people, by the people

17 May 2019

Today is HIV Vaccine Awareness Day and we wanted to take the opportunity to reflect on how some of the world’s most exciting research is made possible and why that matters.

The last year has been a fantastic year for vaccines research. We’ve seen two new clinical trials kick-off to test novel vaccine designs that build on over 15...

May grassroots conference call: World Bank funding for nutrition

8 May 2019

Last night's monthly conference call discussed something a bit different: how to influence the World Bank's financing of human development, including vital nutrition programmes.

As well as funding its own nutrition programmes, the UK Government is the biggest financial contributor to 'IDA', the International Development Association, the mechanism through which the World Bank funds programmes in some of the world's poorest countries, through grants and low-interest loans. Using its...

Measles, malaria and motorbikes: Immunisation in Ghana

26 April 2019
Measles, malaria and motorbikes: Immunisation in Ghana

Edmund hopping on a bike to provide immunisation services in hard to reach island communities in Afram Plains, Ghana. Image: Edmund Duodo, Twitter, 2018

Edmund Atweri Duodo:

I was born in a village called Teacher Mante in the Eastern Region of Ghana. In 1988, measles, known in my local language as ‘Ntobro’, was a household name and believed to be a routine infection every child should have.

In my village, there...

April 2019 Conference Call - Immunisation in Ghana

8 April 2019
April 2019 Grassroots Conference Call - Immunisation in Ghana

Image: Edmund shows us his motorbike, which he acquired with support form Gavi. The bike helps him reach remote locations that would otherwise only be accessible on foot.

This month, health advocate and nurse Edmund Duodo joined us from Ghana, sharing his experience of working directly with the hardest to reach communities. His expertise helped us in the UK visualise the incredible work that health workers are doing on the...

Making the right to health a reality: Why 2019 is a vital year

5 April 2019

Health worker in Cambodia, 2014. Image: Tom Maguire

The theme of this year’s World Health Day on Sunday April 7th is Universal Health Coverage (UHC). However, as we continue to face a number of serious global health challenges, the vision of a world in which everyone has access to essential healthcare is a distant one. This World Health...

5 reasons why it’s time to fully fund the Global Fund

27 March 2019

Since its creation, Global Fund has helped to save 27 million lives. Responsible for 65% of all international financing of the global TB response, its adequate financing will be a cornerstone of the success of the TB response for years to come.

Multilaterals - a proven way to deliver effective aid

21 March 2019

Bilateral or multilateral? More money for aid, or more aid for your money? Or even - no aid at all? These are the questions that both critics and supporters of aid constantly grapple with. It is an existential debate that takes place in capitals in the Global North, but has repercussions for people around the world - felt most keenly by those who need aid the most.

The debates on aid exist on all sides of the political spectrum. Critics of aid have long used...

March 2019 Grassroots Conference Call - The Global Fund with John Fawcett

11 March 2019

For the March grassroots call, Aaron dialled in from Amsterdam where he had been in talks with GFAN (the Global Fund Advocates Network), and we were joined by guest speaker John Fawcett (pictured), the Director of Global Policy and Advocacy at RESULTS in the US. After catching up with the grassroots updates across the network we discussed the upcoming replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. John offered some valuable insight into the great work that the Global Fund...

Let’s empower women nutritionally

8 March 2019

To celebrate International Women's Day we spoke to Youth Leader for Nutrition Barsha Bhattarai to find out her thoughts on malnutrition in Nepal, why malnutrition is an issue for women, and who inspires her to do the work she does.

Barsha is campaigning for greater investment in adolescent nutrition, an area which has until now been largely neglected. She also organises community theatre to help communities understand complicated nutrition issues, and currently works...

February 2019 grassroots conference call

26 February 2019

You can hear the recording of February's grassroots conference call here . After a discussion of the latest attacks on UK aid in the media, and the importance of continuing to speak up for our efforts to achieve the Global Goals, the discussion turned to one of the most important topics in global health - malnutrition.

Good nutrition underpins one's ability to lead a healthy life, and the UK...

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