Blog: Health Systems

Parliament debates how to ensure equitable access to vaccines

14 January 2022

At the outset of the new year, a cross-party group of MP gathered at a backbench business debate in Westminster Hall to discuss global access to vaccines, and the UK Government’s part in the international response to-date .

14 Jan 2022

“It is time that the Government gives clarity as to how it will play a leading role in ending the pandemic globally. Boris Johnson says he wants us to be ‘Global Britain’. Well, now it is time to step up to the...

January Grassroots Conference Call

11 January 2022

In the first conference call of 2022, we had an overview of what's going on in the world of international development in the UK, and what opportunities are coming up for RESULTS campaigners this year to help obvercome poverty and injustice. The main topic of the call this month was polio eradication, and the need for the UK commits to funding the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). We heard from Sona Bari, external relations coordinator for polio eradication at the World Health...

Advocating for adolescents’ health and nutrition

8 December 2021

This is a guest blog by Youth Leader for Nutrition Florence Sibomana. The Youth Leaders for Nutrition programme was launched in 2018 by the SUN Civil Society Network, in partnership with Save the Children UK, RESULTS UK, and Global Citizen. Florence is a doctor based in Rwanda, with a passion for global health and social justice.

The world is home to...

October 2021 grassroots conference call - Unequal access to COVID-19 vaccines

6 October 2021

This month's grassroots conference call discussed the need for 'vaccine equity' in the global COVID-19 response. Our guest speaker, Oxfam GB's Health Policy Manager Anna Marriott, called for the UK Government to both scale up donations of surplus vaccines to countries that need them, and to support the sharing by pharmaceutical companies of the recipes, knowledge and technologies to scale up vaccine production capacity globally. You can read more and take action...

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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