Blog: Vaccines

Polio Transition - The missing link to eradication?

25 January 2019

Polio eradication is within our grasp. Many reports, recommendations, and committees exist, alongside political will, to drive efforts towards eradicating polio for good by 2023.

But the landscape of public health is not the same as it was 30 years ago. As we near eradication, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), who have spearheaded eradication efforts, will no...

December grassroots conference call

14 December 2018

A recording of the December grassroots conference call is now online. This month, we were joined by three expert RESULTS staff members to talk about our advocacy priorities for the coming year. These are also outlined in this month's action materials . Listen or read how we plan to make a difference in 2019, and plan your own campaigning! We've also set...

Prevention is always better than cure: World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2018

15 November 2018

This blog post was co-written by Janika Hauser, Parliamentary Advocacy Officer for Tuberculosis, and Yasmin Mahboubi, Parliamentary Advocacy Officer for Child Health, to mark World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2018.

Since their discovery in 1928 by biologist Sir Alexander Fleming, antibiotics have served as the cornerstone of modern medicine. However, the persistent overuse and misuse of antibiotics in humans and animals has accelerated the emergence and spread of...

World Polio Day 2018: We’ve not achieved eradication yet, but we know how to get there

24 October 2018

Today is World Polio Day – a day to celebrate the successes of polio eradication efforts and recognise the great achievements of all those involved in eliminating cases of this deadly disease. Since 1988, thanks to the efforts of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) , polio cases have reduced by 99%, and today polio only remains endemic in three countries – Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. With only 19 cases of wild polio virus this year...

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 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...

Building political champions for immunisation

24 April 2018

World Immunisation Week provides a chance for the world to celebrate the amazing achievements of immunisation efforts globally. UK aid alone has immunised over 67 million children against preventable diseases, and global immunisation programmes save 2–3 million lives each year. The world is also on the brink of eradicating a second disease from the planet, with polio cases having decreased by 99% since 1988. These extraordinary achievements are only achievable with the commitment of everyday...

April Conference Call

5 April 2018

A recording of the April grassroots conference call is now available . This month, we were joined by Seb Meaney, Head of UK Strategy within the Resource Mobilisation & Private Sector Partnerships team for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance , based in Geneva. Seb has previously worked at the UK Department for International Development and has been with Gavi for 2 years...

A Balancing Act: What happens when polio funding ends?

13 November 2017

This blog is co-authored by RESULTS UK’s Laura Kerr (Child Health Policy Officer) and RESULTS Australia’s Leila Stennett (Campaigns Director).

Today, RESULTS UK and RESULTS Australia launch ‘ A Balancing Act: risks and opportunities as polio and its funding disappears ’. This new joint publication explores what will happen as the...

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