The Grameen Bank under threat in Bangladesh

7 May 2013

Many discussions about microfinance begin with the same story. It’s the story of a Bangladeshi economics lecturer who had a novel but compelling idea, and how the organisation he created, the Grameen Bank, became one of the world’s foremost socially-oriented financial institutions. As you read this a new chapter is being written in this story, where the Bangladeshi government looks at loopholes in the Grameen’s founding statutes as a way to seize control of its finances. In doing so the...

Undernutrition and Malaria: A Vicious Circle

7 May 2013

Malaria and malnutrition are closely related, as malaria usually affect families that are both poor and malnourished. The months of the ‘hunger gap’, when malnutrition is at its peak, often coincides with the rainy season, when mosquitoes breed and the number of malaria cases shoots up. The diseases combine in a vicious circle: malnourished children have weak immune systems, so their bodies are less able to fight diseases such as malaria, while children sick with malaria are more likely to...

Guest Blog: A Call For History Makers

3 May 2013

Todays guest blog post is brought to you by Endalkachew Demmiss , author of 'The Mystery of God’s will'.

In 2004, I was a bed-ridden multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) patient and missed class for more than two years. Before 2008, the medications were not available in Ethiopia. During those days, patients like myself were isolated in small rooms, waiting for their death due to the lack of access to...

Advocacy day trip to an AIDS vaccine lab, as described one who was there

2 May 2013

On the last day of our National Conference, we spent a very enjoyable and informative morning at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, as we visited the prestigious Human Immunology Laboratory (HIL).

Live Below the Line: the challenge so far

1 May 2013

We are now half way through the Live Below the Line challenge. In this guest blog post from Frances Hague, group leader of the Newcastle RESULTS group, Frances reflects on the challenge so far and what meals she has been making. Have a read and share with your friends.

Day 1

I'm nervous and excited for the start of LBTL today - and so pleased with how many lovely people have sponsored me!

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May Action Announced

1 May 2013

Despite the focus on hunger and poverty in the MDGs, under nutrition remains a problem of almost unimaginable proportions. In 2010 it was estimated that 925 million people in developing countries were suffering from some form of under nutrition- that’s up from 824 million in 1990.

There are many causes of this problem: an unfair global food system that favours large scale industrial food production over...

Joint APPG meeting with high level speakers from the Global Fund

1 May 2013

On Monday 29th April the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases held a meeting, in the UK Parliament, to discuss the importance of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria in the fight against the three diseases. Despite prorogation (marks the end of a parliamentary session and Parliament goes into recess until...

Milly Hooke from the central London RESULTS group reflects on her experience Living Below the Line

29 April 2013

Today is the official launch of Live Below the Line 2013. As many of you begin to undertake the challange, here are some recent personal blog posts from Milly Hooke, a grassroot volunteer in London who took the challange last week. Hopefully some of her posts and recipe ideas will encourage you as you embark on this difficult but thought-provoking challange.

Can I really Live Below the Line?

Having attended many grassroots campaigning meetings with Results UK, a charity...

New report shows aid funding for nutrition is at a very low level

29 April 2013

Official Development Assistance (ODA) that is dedicated to basic nutrition programmes represents only 0.4% of total aid, according to a new report that analysed figures from 2011. Although some countries are showing leadership in this field, resources and political will remain insufficient to eradicate world hunger. In 2010 the World Bank estimated that an increase of US$10.3 billion in annual financial resources would end under-nutrition. But since then, basic nutrition ODA has increased by...

For Vaccines, What’s Coming Down the Pipe Next?

26 April 2013

Imagine a world without AIDS, TB and malaria. It seems impossible, given that these are the world’s top three infectious disease killers. Yet right now we have a historic opportunity to eliminate these diseases as public health threats.

Defeating these diseases has been at the forefront of global health efforts since the new century began, backed with the political will of Millennium...



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