Category Archives: Women

RESULTS UK Return from Parliamentary Delegation to Rwanda

The RESULTS UK Parliamentary delegation recently returned from Rwanda after a week long visit to observe the country’s remarkable best practices adopted to combat infectious diseases and the Millenium Development Goals. MPs Cathy Jamieson and Angus MacNeil alongside RESULTS staff Aaron Oxley (Executive Director) and Aparna Barua (ACTION Project Associate) met with health centre staff, patients and civil society organisations across the country to learn and discuss health issues and the impact of tuberculosis (TB) on development.   Continue reading

Malawian Advocate, Thokozile Phiri-Nkoma, coming to the UK SOON!

RESULTS UK are happy to announce that Malawian TB-HIV advocate, Thokozile Phiri-Nkoma, will be coming next month to take part in RESULTS Advocacy Tour! Continue reading

DFID launches strategies on malaria and maternal health

On the final day of 2010 the UK Department for International Development launched its strategies for enhancing maternal health and controlling malaria.  Together, these seek to save the lives of hundreds of thousands of women and children in the poorest countries of the world.

The maternal and newborn health strategy, Choices for women outlines two strategic priorities for maternal health – preventing unintended pregnancies and ensuring that pregnancy and childbirth are safe.   Choices for women aims to save the lives of at least 50,000 women during pregnancy and childbirth and 250,000 new born babies by 2015.  Measures in the paper will also mean that at least 10 million more women are able to use modern methods of family planning, 5 million unintended pregnancies are prevented and at least 2 million safe deliveries.  This drive builds on the G8’s commitment following their 2010 meeting in Muskoka Canada, where leaders promised to accelerate efforts to address maternal and child health. Continue reading

Women and TB Reception in Parliament

Wednesday morning saw TB campaigners, health professionals and MPs gathered at Portcullis House for a breakfast reception hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Tuberculosis. The focus of the event was to explore the gender-specific dynamics of this devastating disease and the impact this has on families and communities in the developing world. Continue reading

RESULTS UK Advocacy Tour Ends

Advocates, Mamta Jacob (L) and Joyce Kamwana (R) with Lord Desai (C)

Last week, Joyce Kamwana, Global Fund ‘Here I Am’ campaign ambassador from Malawi and Mamta Jacob, TB Advocacy Programme Manager from India, took part in a weeklong tour to the UK. During the week Joyce and Mamta shared their personal stories with parliamentarians, DFID teams on Reproductive Health and Health Services, civil society partners, representatives from the Malawian and Indian High Commissioners offices in London, as well as RESULTS grassroots activists!

The aim of this advocacy tour was to increase better understanding amongst a wide range of stakeholders of the impact of tuberculosis on women with a particular focus on maternal health, as well as to highlight the subsequent effects of the poor replenishment of the Global Fund on tuberculosis control. Continue reading

International AIDS Conference 2010

The International AIDS Conference will be hosted by the historical and beautiful city of Vienna this year!  The city, well known for being the birthplace of the neurologist Sigmund Freud, the painter Gustav Klimt, and the composer Franz Schubert, will from the 18th to the 23rd July bring together those working in the field of HIV, as well as policy makers, people living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic.

This week long conference will provide an excellent opportunity for health NGOs, advocates and scientists to bring together the latest information, lessons learnt and exciting opportunities for open discussions, on the major issues facing the global response to HIV. A prominent focus to this years’ conference will be on women’s and maternal health and tuberculosis (TB).  Both the Stop TB Department and the ACTION Project will be in heavy force during the conference to present data and instigate insightful discussions into the threat that HIV-TB co-infection and multiple drug resistant tuberculosis poses on a global scale, especially to women. Continue reading

Tackling all three health MDGs key to improving maternal health

This week International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell made his first visit to the EU Foreign Affairs council, at which Ministers from across Europe will discuss a common EU position in advance of the September summit on the Millennium Development Goals, (the international development targets set by the UN in 2000 and targeted for completion by 2015). Continue reading