Blog: Vaccines

Polio returns to Nigeria

12 August 2016

11 August 2016 would have marked two years since the last case of polio on the African continent. Shortly before what was gearing up to be a landmark date, wild poliovirus was detected in two children from the north eastern state of Borno, Nigeria. The area has seen conflict and insecurity in the recent past and outbreaks in these situations are not unheard of. There are proven strategies in place to address these situations but it is a timely reminder that every country needs to remain...

No epidemic has been ended without a vaccine

18 May 2016

Today is International HIV Vaccine Awareness Day.

Despite the progress that has been made to date, HIV remains one of the deadliest infectious killers: in 2014 the epidemic killed 1.2 million people, while a further 2 million contracted HIV. It is clear there is a long way to go before we realise Global Goals’ target 3.3 to end the epidemic by 2030.

Indeed, while critically important, existing tools are unlikely to end HIV and AIDS. Even with a massive scale-up of current and...

Putting Immunisation at the Heart of Health Systems

29 April 2016

Vaccines work. 2 to 3 million lives are saved every year through immunisation. That’s pretty extraordinary in itself, right? In fact, it almost seems that this blog could end here with that up-beat, celebratory sentence - 2 to 3 million lives are saved every year. But immunisation is actually much more than saving lives. As our new policy...

Universal Immunisation Coverage: Further, Faster, Fairer

27 April 2016

This blog is written jointly by Amy Whalley, Head of Policy Advocacy, RESULTS UK and Simon Wright, Head of Child Survival, Save the Children. It was originally posted on vaccineswork.org

18.7 million children around the world are still missing out on basic immunisation. That’s 18.7 million children put at unnecessary risk from preventable disease and infections, mostly because of where they happen to be born...

Why Immunisation?

25 April 2016

There are seven global health days specified by the WHO dedicated to raising awareness of specific global health issues. However, one issue has been dedicated a whole week. Immunisation.

As I see it, there couldn’t be a better occasion for me to publish my first blog for the new RESULTS UK website than World Immunisation Week.

Immunisation is one of RESULTS UK’s core issues as part of our goal of improving global health, especially for the poorest and most marginalised...

Guest blog: Every Last Child screening in Norwich

5 February 2016

This guest blog comes from Paul McConnell from our Norwich group who will be hosting a screening of 'Every Last Child' and panel event on Saturday 6th February. “Just after I spoke to Abi we sat down outside the bank. I sat alone. A man made his way toward me. Like others I had seen he could not walk. His legs were no more than bones and he moved himself around with hands. Wearing sandals on his hands. He was the picture of hopeless destitution. He spoke to me in Swahili. I...

The Rumour Hunter

23 October 2015

To mark World Polio Day 2015, Jim Calverley, our Parliamentary Advocacy Officer working on Polio, spoke with Faleke Bolanle, a health educator from Nigeria. Here's what he found out: This week, I had the pleasure of hosting Faleke Bolanle, a health educator working in Lagos State, Nigeria. She has been doing the job for 10 years and completed her Youth Service Corps in Ogobia in Benue State, having trained at the University of Ilorin in Kwara State. Nigeria recently came off the...

Child Health: Breaking Down Global Goal 3

22 September 2015

With 17 global goals, 169 global targets and 193 global governments signing on, The Global Goals were always going to be a bit complicated and slightly harder to remember than their eight predecessors, the Millennium Development Goals. All this week, to hopefully make things simpler, we’re going to break down The Global Goals related to RESULTS key issues of child health, nutrition, TB, education and...

July conference call recording now available!

9 July 2015

We pleased to share that a recording of our July conference call is now available to download. On this months call we joined by two very special guests to launch our powerful new campaign - Leave no-one behind- Health for All . We first heard from Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance who shared how our campaigning ahead of the Gavi replenishment in January is helping to save millions of...

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