Blog: Health Systems

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...

Owning It

26 April 2017

“No child should be denied the right to highly effective preventive interventions for unfair reasons, including economic and social causes. All barriers must be overcome” – Margaret Chan, World Health Organisation (WHO) Director General [1]

How do countries overcome the barriers and challenges to ensure all children receive all WHO recommended vaccines? I think country ownership is key, and today RESULTS UK launches, “...

A good news story: Improved health in El Salvador

23 January 2017

In this guest post, Steve Lewis, RESULTS UK'S former Head of Policy, reflects on a recent visit to El Salvador and the incredible progress that has been made to expand access to basic primary health care across rural communities.

Let me introduce you to my friend Graciela. Graciela’s story shows us that life is getting better in most developing countries, that foreign aid works, and that most people in most poor countries are healthier now than they used to be. They are...

Integrating nutrition and health: Strengthening the evidence through case studies

2 December 2016

This week, RESULTS UK launched its most recent research, Integrating nutrition and health across the Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health continuum ’. Anushree Shiroor, Policy Advocacy Officer (Nutrition), reviews the key findings.

Why is nutrition critical along the RMNCAH continuum? Nutrition requirements are increased particularly during adolescence, pregnancy, lactation, and early childhood to promote growth, good health,...

World AIDS Day: global challenges require global leadership

1 December 2016

Across the pond, pundits are beginning to speculate what the President-Elect’s cabinet picks will mean for US support for international development, with some pessimistically suggesting that America First may literally translate as America Not Overseas.

In particular, concerns have been voiced about a potential break from the bipartisan consensus that has existed for many years on the need to address HIV. Let us not forget that it was Republican George W...

Why nutrition and health combined? Lessons from Malawi

29 November 2016

Callum Northcote, Policy Advocacy Coordinator, reflects on a recent visit to Malawi to see how nutrition programmes are being integrated into wider health programmes and previews this week's nutrition advocacy tour.

What's Pneumonia got to do with the Global Goals?

11 November 2016

On #WorldPneumoniaDay 2016, Laura Kerr reminds us how the prevention of one disease can help reduce many preventable child deaths and requires a strong, well functioning health system.

In 2015, 2,500 young lives were lost every single day because of pneumonia.

It is the number one infectious killer of children under 5 and is responsible for 16% of all under 5 deaths globally. Last year this meant that Pneumonia was responsible for more child deaths than...

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