Blog: Health Systems

The World Health Assembly 2018 and what it did for us

26 June 2018

At RESULTS, we are clear about what we do: We use our voices to influence political decisions that will bring an end to poverty. Every year in Geneva, delegations from the 193 Member States of the World Health Organisation (WHO) gather to discuss health challenges of global significance. This is known as the World Health Assembly (WHA), where political decisions are made that can make progress towards the end of poverty. RESULTS’ staff attended the 71st WHA last month, and worked hard to use...

The economic impact of immunisation: a good deal and the right one

13 June 2018

In 2018 no one should die from diseases that we are able to treat or suffer from illnesses we are able to prevent. But saving lives and preventing unnecessary suffering isn’t only the humane thing to do - it makes sense economically as well.

The UK has been a global leader on immunisation through its support to Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). Withdrawing or reducing such investments risks undermining or even reversing years of progress,...

Polio Transition – A Missed Opportunity on the path towards UHC?

21 May 2018

How are we going to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC)? This is the focus of this year’s World Health Assembly (WHA) taking place in Geneva from May 21 st -26 th . Since taking office, the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr. Tedros, has set out ambitious objectives as part of the WHO’s 13 th General Program of Work . Known as the Triple Billion Targets, he ambitiously wants to ensure 1 billion more...

Why World AIDS Day continues to matter

30 November 2017

1 December is World AIDS Day. I remember the first time I marked World AIDS Day 15 years ago while I was working at a newspaper in Swaziland, the country which has long had the world’s highest HIV prevalence (proportion of the population who are infected with HIV). It was a day where we could remember the people we had lost to AIDS in the past year, colleagues, friends and family members. It was a moment to raise awareness about the importance of defeating the stigma too many people living...

On the road to recovery: rebuilding health systems in Liberia

18 September 2017

Last month RESULTS UK led a delegation of four parliamentarians to Liberia to see firsthand how the country is addressing major health challenges after the devastating Ebola outbreak, particularly its high infant mortality and increasing burden of tuberculosis. We were joined by the Chair of the International Development Committee (IDC) Stephen Twigg MP (Liverpool, West Derby), the Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for...

Global Immunisation: Reasons to be Optimistic?

25 August 2017

It’s that time of year again! No, not Christmas (but that is just 122 days away…) - time for immunisation geeks like me to blog on the latest immunisation figures. I wrote my first one of these last year, questioning if we were making progress on tackling inequities . Well a year on, have we made any progress and what exactly are we doing about it here at RESULTS UK?

We’re still at 86%

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4 reasons why the G20 delivered on health and education

13 July 2017

“‘We can achieve more together than by acting alone”.

That’s what the G20 Leaders stated in the outcome document or communique of the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Hamburg last week. In these turbulent times, international solidarity and collaboration is far from easy. However, this deliberate statement was a symbol to us all that this year, the leaders of the world’s wealthiest nations showed that the G20 and international cooperation is far from dead.

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5 takeaways from this year’s World Health Assembly

5 June 2017

For the 70 th time, global health leaders and decision makers from all 194 Member States gathered in Geneva for the World Health Assembly (WHA) – the annual get together to discuss and drive forward global health policy. As the supreme decision making body of the World Health Organisation (WHO), it sets the tone for the upcoming year’s focus and checks in on the progress that has been made towards a number of health priorities, targets and previous agreements. All manners of topics took the...

A sustainable end to the HIV epidemic requires resolve not retreat

18 May 2017

Last week a study published in The Lancet highlighted the astonishing progress that has been made through the use antiretroviral therapy (ART) to address HIV: young people on the latest drugs now have near-normal life expectancy and are projected to live ten years longer than those who first used ART in 1996.

While some may consider research and development a dry topic,...

Citizen activism really IS more important than ever!

18 May 2017
This month, the RESULTS National Conference discussed the theme of why citizens campaigning on international development issues matters more today than ever before. Keynote speaker Professor David Hudson of Birmingham University opened the conference and stressed that poverty is essentially political (30s sound clip). In a democratic system, overcoming it is...

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