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June 2019 conference call -

12 June 2019
June 2019 conference call - The Global Fund's Vital Work

This month we were joined by Resty Nalwanga from Uganda. Resty became an advocate for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria after she started receiving treatment for HIV and multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), and currently works as a sexual and reproductive health and rights officer at the Uganda Network of...

Brick by Brick: Accelerating Progress on Global Health

10 June 2019

In 2019, no-one should be denied access to life-saving vaccines, services for diseases such as tuberculosis (TB) and good nutrition. Even though we have made remarkable progress in improving global health, challenges remain and progress is stalling. 1 in 10 children do not receive any vaccines, TB is the...

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...

How can we achieve health for everyone everywhere?

14 December 2018

Each year, Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day (12 December) is a moment to recognise that every person – no matter who they are, where they live, or how much money they have – should have access to sufficient health services without suffering financial hardship.

This UHC Day, we invited global UHC expert Robert Yates from Chatham House, and Jenny Vaughan from STOPAIDS to speak to us about the vital importance of advocacy to achieve UHC.

Many thanks to...

November grassroots conference call

9 November 2018

A recording of the November grassroots conference call is now online. This month, we were joined by Claire Baudot, Advocacy Manager at Global Health Advocates (GHA) France in Paris. Claire leads the parliamentary engagement of GHA France on tuberculosis, child survival and Universal Health Coverage.

Claire explained why investments in health are central to achieving the UN Sustainable...

Immunisation – it’s beyond routine, it’s essential.

17 July 2018

A few weeks ago, I visited Shalalake, a small kebele (village) in the Arsi District of Ethiopia. It was around a three-hour drive from the nearest large town and a 5km walk to the nearest health post. The kebele had no clean running water, with people relying on water purification tablets. They were also short of one of their health extension workers (there are usually two for every health post) and community health outreach services had stopped in recent months as the kebele was too far...

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