Blog: COVID-19

Accelerating access to routine immunisation in the time of COVID-19: What follows Gavi’s replenishment?

7 July 2020

Written by Neil Raw on behalf of the Gavi CSO Constituency and the organising partners, and originally appeared on the Gavi website.

This article is a summary of an online conversation hosted by the Gavi CSO Constituency in partnership with ACTION, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, RESULTS UK & Save the Children.

After the resounding...

June 2020 Grassroots Conference Call - Preventing a Double Threat

15 June 2020

This month the grassroots network convened to discuss new predictions made on the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to have on the number of cases of other infectious diseases; TB, HIV and malaria, and why the UK Government should invest in the new CRM-19 mechanism to help mitigate those impacts. Were joined by guest speaker, Mike Podmore, Director of STOPAIDS and civil society board member for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. This month we'll be meeting MPs to make the...

Every day is different - Using my voice as a health advocate during COVID-19

1 June 2020

This is a guest blog by Lucky Soglo, Youth Leader for Health. Lucky advocates regularly for increased domestic resources for enhanced malaria responses and health system strengthening, through his involvement in the Youth Leaders for Health programme. The blog originally appeared on the WACI Health site.

Lucky...

COVID-19 has exposed the danger of iniquitous food and health systems - let's fix it

12 May 2020
"Progress on nutrition is not just too slow - it is also deeply unfair," Global Nutrition Report 2020

Progress has been made but more needs to be done. It is a cliché NGO response whenever new data is released, striking a cautious balance between recognising global efforts while sounding an urgent call to action. I would go one further in response to the Global Nutrition Report (GNR) published today -...

May Grassroots Conference Call 2020 - The impact of COVID-19

11 May 2020

Thanks to everyone who joined us on the evening of Tuesday 5 May. We started off with a celebration on the Government's recent announcement on their support for Gavi, the Vacine Alliance - a huge campaign win for us and a hugely positive change in the world, with the UK's financial contribution helping to immunise 75 million children in the world's poorest countries.

The main focus of this month's call was to examine how COVID...

How the COVID-19 pandemic shows us the importance of immunisation

28 April 2020

Immunisation allows people to live in freedom from the fear of disease. Coronavirus has laid this truth bare - as humanity is exposed to a disease it has no protection from, life as we know it totally alters.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the largest shift in the way humans operate since the Second World War. No single issue has had such a drastic impact on our lives, significantly affecting all parts of our...

April Grassroots Conference Call 2020 - The need for resilience

9 April 2020

This month we'll be taking action by collaborating with our local groups digitally to write joint letters welcoming the Secretary of State, Anne-Marie Trevelyan to her role, and asking that she maintains the UK's leadership on global health internventions that strengthen health systems, ensuring their resillience to pandemics like COVID-19 and ongoing crises alike. More details here.

Thank you to...

Nutrition for resilience: the role of nutrition in building pandemic preparedness

7 April 2020

Florence giving a speech during a Parliamentary event on health in February 2020. Image: Action for Global Health

This is a guest blog by Youth Leader for Nutrition, Florence Sibomana.

Covid-19 has brought into sharp focus the pressure that health systems the world over are creaking under. While governments are rapidly trying to...

Social Distancing? It’s Social Solidarity.

18 March 2020

It is frightening to see the world responding to the Covid-19 Crisis. Many countries are realising that they have not acted soon enough, or firmly enough, and have seen their number of cases and deaths rise. We share deep concerns for what this means for people everywhere, but particularly those who are the most vulnerable: how can you self-isolate when you don’t have a home to go to? Or if you share your living space with a large extended family? Or if you need to go to the clinic each day...

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