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A sustainable end to the HIV epidemic requires resolve not retreat

18 May 2017

Last week a study published in The Lancet highlighted the astonishing progress that has been made through the use antiretroviral therapy (ART) to address HIV: young people on the latest drugs now have near-normal life expectancy and are projected to live ten years longer than those who first used ART in 1996.

While some may consider research and development a dry topic,...

Citizen activism really IS more important than ever!

18 May 2017
This month, the RESULTS National Conference discussed the theme of why citizens campaigning on international development issues matters more today than ever before. Keynote speaker Professor David Hudson of Birmingham University opened the conference and stressed that poverty is essentially political (30s sound clip). In a democratic system, overcoming it is...

DFID and Disability

3 May 2017

Disabled people are routinely left behind as countries develop. In order for DFID to address this in its work, disability needs to be embedded across the work of DFID, in the same way that gender is, in order to really ensure that disabled people are included in all the work it does as a department. RESULTS UK and its partners in the Bond Disability and Development Group (Bond DDG) have been calling for this for the past few years, since we first started working on disability, as part of our...

Polio video conference call now online

2 May 2017

Polio is endemic in only three countries in the world - Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Ending the disease forever is truly within our grasp - if we can eradicate it everywhere, including the most remote, insecure and hardest to access locations.

Jim Calverley, RESULTS UK's Parliamentary Advocacy Officer (Child Heath) speaks to grassroots campaigners from the UK and Canada about his recent trip taking journalists to northern Nigeria, to witness at first-hand how a polio...

Owning It

26 April 2017

“No child should be denied the right to highly effective preventive interventions for unfair reasons, including economic and social causes. All barriers must be overcome” – Margaret Chan, World Health Organisation (WHO) Director General [1]

How do countries overcome the barriers and challenges to ensure all children receive all WHO recommended vaccines? I think country ownership is key, and today RESULTS UK launches, “...

The Value of Vaccines

24 April 2017

Children shouldn’t die from preventable diseases. Especially not from diseases which we have vaccines which we know can prevent children suffering from diseases such as polio and measles. Vaccines save lives and are one of the best buys in public health.

I would say that though, it’s my job to champion vaccines.

But when one in seven children still do not receive even the most basic vaccines and approximately 1.5 million children die every year from vaccine preventable...

The Right to Education

7 April 2017

In advocating for policy change we always talk about needing an ‘evidence-base’. Something which we can use to show that there is an issue, or that there has been progress, or that an intervention is not working. We can’t just work off our feelings on a situation; to be effective advocates for change we need to be grounded in reality.

At RESULTS, since 2015 we have been helping to develop such a base, the Right to Education Index (RTEI). RTEI is a global index built out of the...

Do we have a lack of political will to end TB?

24 March 2017

Today is World TB Day 2017. In the past decade, every World TB Day press release or statement could have been exactly the same, only changing one number – the number of deaths – and it’s going in the wrong direction.

Figures from a recent report highlight the staggering future human and economic cost of failing to address TB: 75 million lives lost by 2050 and cumulative economic costs of $16.7 trillion. This very clearly shows that we are not winning the fight. If we do not act now...

The stories behind the statistics

24 March 2017

We are often told about how difficult and arduous treatments for TB are. Nobody knows this better than those affected by TB or those working on the frontline providing treatment. At the end of last year I met with three TB advocates at the Union World Conference on Lung Health in Liverpool – the annual meeting point for the TB community - to find out more about their experiences. Here’s what they had to say.

It’s Tough Taking Tuberculosis Medication

Meet Timpiyian Leseni, a...

Why the G7 must do more on food security and nutrition

16 March 2017

Lunch hour at work officially starts at 1pm. Unfortunately, I don’t think the stomach and brain understand time. Despite having breakfast this morning, hunger pangs set in around 12:00pm itself. I cave in. No harm in bringing lunch forward by an hour if it means I can work the rest of the afternoon in peace – energized, focused, and functioning at 100%.

Then I think of the 795 million people going hungry who have to get on with their day-to-day activities (including strenuous manual...

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