Blog: Health Systems

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...

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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