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RESULTS International Conference Part 1: A meeting of voices, hearts and minds

19 July 2018

Calum Kinsella is a campaigner with the London RESULTS Group and writes this blog post from the RESULTS International Conference (14-17 July) in Washington DC, which he has attended for the first ti me.

The annual RESULTS International Conference isn’t just any old conference. It’s a meeting of minds and the frontline of advocating to end poverty. I joined hundreds of RESULTS advocates from around...

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...

Talking about transition is helping: now let’s include the right people in the conversation

4 July 2018

On Friday, I was left feeling optimistic by the news that RESULTS UK’s calls for more accountability and clear guidelines on transition are starting to be acted upon by the Department for International Development (DFID). A central point of responsibility for transition within DFID has now been appointed. This is a vital step towards creating accountability and a clear indication that our campaigning around transition in starting to take effect. Building on this progress, we must now make...

July grassroots conference call

4 July 2018

A recording of the July grassroots conference call is now online. This month, we were joined by Mandy Slutsker, Policy and Advocacy Manager at the ACTION Global Health Advoacacy Partnership (of which RESULTS is a partner). Mandy has many years' experience of TB advocacy, inspired by her experiences in South Africa where over recent years there has been a big turn-around in the...

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...

Joining the Dots Together

21 June 2018

This guest blog post was written by London RESULTS Group member Stephen Richards. Stephen graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2012 with a B.A. in philosophy and has been volunteering with RESULTS UK since 2016. He enjoys advocacy mainly for the people and chance to make a bigger difference, but also so he can share his homemade hummus at meetings.

This post was first published on https://resultslondon....

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,...

June conference call

13 June 2018

A recording of the June grassroots conference call is now available. This month, we were joined by John McLaverty, Education and Youth Advisor at Oxfam GB. He's an experienced campaigner of many years' standing, who chairs the Campaigns Working Group of the Send My Friend To School campaign, a coalition of NGOs and education unions which is hosted here at...

How do I help make positive change in this crazy world?

8 June 2018

It’s a question that we at RESULTS have asked ourselves over and over during this last year or so. In an increasingly polarised, angry and unsafe world, how do those of us who want to stay positive and keep fighting poverty actually manage to do that, keeping motivated as we go, and achieving real and lasting change?

Do we have to be extraordinary people, with especially clear vision, sense of purpose and drive? Do we need to be super-activists to win against the combined pressure of...

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...

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