Blog: Vaccines

December grassroots conference call 2019 - Champions for Development

6 December 2019

In the last network-wide conference call of the year, we took some time to reflect on what a year it's been! We've been part of successful campaigns for the replenishement of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, Education Cannot Wait and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and the UK's contributions are something to celebrate. Looking ahead to 2020, we'll be continuing our work on global health, nutrition and education and trying to build relationships across all the main...

The GPEI Pledging Moment: What it means for polio eradication

20 November 2019

On Tuesday, political leaders and donors from around the world gathered in Abu Dhabi to attend the Pledging Moment for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). The $2.6bn raised will help to ensure that the GPEI can implement their 2019-2023 Endgame Strategy to secure a polio-free world.

A number of countries and organisations...

World Pneumonia Day 2019: the opportunity that lies ahead

12 November 2019

Pneumonia is a respiratory infection that accounts for 15% of all deaths of children under 5 years old, killing over 880,000 children in 2017. However, it can be averted by immunisation and adequate nutrition. This enormous death toll is needless and preventable. Political uncertainty over the coming period must not stand in the way of the UK’s commitment to the world's most vulnerable and marginalised people.

This...

November grassroots conference call: Let's make #VaccinesWork for every child

6 November 2019

This month, our grassroots conference call was held on the very day that UK announced its financial support to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative – some £400 million over three years . This is a fantastic result, and exactly what we have been calling for! A huge thank you to everyone who has helped us campaign for this investment, it...

Help us build the will to eradicate polio this World Polio Day

24 October 2019

This year’s World Polio Day allows us to celebrate the remarkable success achieved as we aim to eradicate the scourge of Polio, but also to recognise the challenges that still remain. Next month, donors from across the world come together to commit money to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), one of the key organisations fighting to eradicate this terrible disease.

Firstly, there is much to celebrate: the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) has reduced the number...

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day: Science for the people, by the people

17 May 2019

Today is HIV Vaccine Awareness Day and we wanted to take the opportunity to reflect on how some of the world’s most exciting research is made possible and why that matters.

The last year has been a fantastic year for vaccines research. We’ve seen two new clinical trials kick-off to test novel vaccine designs that build on over 15...

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...

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...

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