Blog: Health Systems

September Grassroots Conference Call: Nutrition for Growth - it's time to commit!

8 September 2021

In our September grassroots conference call, we focused on the issue of nutrition, with just weeks to go now before the important Nutrition for Growth Summit in early December. But that's not all! With the UN climate conference (COP-26) coming up in Glasgow, there's a great opportunity to use this UK Government priority to show the impact climate change has on food security, hunger and nutrition - see the links below.

We were privileged to hear from nutrition advocacy expert Meaza...

The world was a very different place 100 years ago

12 July 2021

In 1921, we were recovering from a major flu pandemic and the First World War. Telephones were still a rarity, and those that did exist were clunky, static and expensive. We were still five years away from the world’s first television screening and Charlie Chaplin had just released his first full-length film. 1921 was also the year in which the Bacillus Calmette-Guérin vaccine – more commonly known as the BCG – was first used...

July Grassroots Conference Call

6 July 2021

Our July conference call addressed the topic of COVID-19 Vaccine inequity. We discussed the necessity for countries with excess vaccines to urgently share doses with countries facing barriers to accessing vaccines.

Our expert guest speaker, Waiswa Nkwanga, Senior Associate at the ACTION Global Health Partnership , answered questions about why the dose sharing announcements made...

June Grassroots Conference Call: COVID-19 Vaccinations for All

2 June 2021

On Tuesday 2 June, over 35 RESULTS UK grassroots advocates from all over the country (and internationaly!) joined our monthly conference call. It was the start of National Volunteers Week so we began the call with a big thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who give up their time to take action to end global poverty. We had a roundup of updates about previous monthly actions, campaigns and events that have happened across the network.

We then turned to the topic of the June...

“Callous and short-sighted.” What do the aid cuts mean for global health and education?

30 April 2021
"Callous and short sighted." What do the aid cuts mean for global health and education?

The Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab recently confirmed the Government’s plans to slash global health and education funding in the middle of the worst pandemic in a century.

In a statement released at the end of the day on 21 April, we learnt the Foreign Commonwealth and Development...

April 2021 Grassroots Conference Call - Building back better, brick by brick

8 April 2021

For the April monthly grassroots conference call, we were joined by expert speaker Clare Symonds , Senior Policy Advocacy Officer for Tuberculosis at RESULTS UK. We discussed the April campaign to influence the outcome of the G7 leaders summit, and how we can play a role in ensuring the UK Government commits to and encourages other leads to building strong health systems as part of the global COVID-19 recovery.

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The never-ending but uplifting journey of mentoring

11 March 2021

A guest blog post by Dr. Sylvia Anie, Mentor for Youth Leaders for Health in Ghana, Sierra Leone and Tanzania, 2020 - 2021.

Dr. Anie (centre) with some of the Youth Leaders for Health

“A mentor is a counsellor, cheerleader, and a comrade who works purposefully to guide, motivate and uplift”.

What a journey the past year has been!

It has been one of twists and turns, but certainly a highlight for me has been meeting 25 young men and women...

The interventions needed to realise Universal Health Coverage

10 December 2020

On 12 December, the world will celebrate Universal Health Coverage Day , a day where we ask for more investments into health systems that protect us all. At the end of a year heavily disrupted by COVID-19, we need to collectively ask for better access to health care in order to recover from this pandemic. A lot more commitments from our leaders are necessary to build stronger health systems to make Universal Health Coverage a reality....

In conversation with a polio vaccinator

23 October 2020

To mark World Polio Day (24 November), Harry Rogers, RESULTS’ Parliamentary Advocacy Officer for Child Health, interviews Edmund Duodu, a community vaccinator in Ghana, to hear how his work is going.

When we think of health, the year 2020 will forever be dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic. As we celebrate World Polio Day this year, we’re reminded of another infectious disease, once so prominent in the public’s consciousness, now fading into history due...

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...

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