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
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2010 has been a year that has seen many successes in the areas on which RESULTS campaigns. As the year draws to a close, and we look ahead to the challenges we face in 2011, we’d like to have a look back at those successes and to say thank you to our fantastic grassroots network and all the other individuals and organisations that have lent us their skills and expertise over the past 12 months. Continue reading
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On Monday RESULTS staff were joined by other members of the ACTION (Advocacy to Control TB Internationally) Project and civil society organisations to meet as the TB Europe Coalition, to discuss how to turn commitments from the 2007 Berlin Declaration on Tuberculosis into firm actions by policy makers. In 2007, 300 delegates from across Europe adopted the Berlin Declaration, which described TB as ‘an increasing threat to health security in the WHO European Region’ and called for urgent action. By signing the Declaration, member countries committed themselves to provide political will and resources to combat TB. Continue reading
On Tuesday evening we held the latest in our series of ‘Back to Basics’ focus calls, looking at the topic of Tuberculosis. The back to basics calls are designed to help new RESULTS activists or those looking for a refresher to master the basic facts about the issues and problems that we campaign on. You can listen to a recording of the call here. Continue reading
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The All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Tuberculosis, for which RESULTS provides the Secretariat, have just published their October newsletter, which is now available to download from the APPG’s website.
The newsletter contains the latest information about the work of the group, including highlights from the ACTION Project delegation to Kenya, news of which was featured on this blog at the end of August, the APPG’s latest meetings and recent activities in Parliament.
For more information about the APPG, visit the website at www.appg-tb.org.uk
On Tuesday 19th October we will be holding a focus call looking at tuberculosis. The call is part of our ‘Back to Basics’ series, which help new RESULTS activists to learn about key issues that we campaign on, and also help longer-term activists to refresh their memories and update their knowledge. Continue reading
Next week RESULTS UK will be hosting an advocacy tour with two health advocates, Joyce Kamwana from Malawi and Mamta Jacob from India! We’re all really excited for their arrival and given the disappointing outcome of the recent Global Fund Replenishment, we hope they can inspire policy and decision makers across the UK government to take more decisive action to tackle health issues and in particular TB.
Joyce has been living positively and openly with HIV for 15 years, she has contracted TB twice and survived thanks to receiving drugs provided by the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. She is currently an Ambassador for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria’s, ‘Here I Am’ campaign. Mamta is a well respected HIV-TB advocate who carries out TB advocacy training programmes in India and has a very personal experience of TB. Joyce and Mamta have witnessed firsthand the devastating impact TB has on the lives of women.
During their weeklong visit to the UK, Joyce and maternal will be meeting with a variety of different stakeholders from maternal health, HIV/AIDS and malaria networks to MPs, highlighting and discussing the impact of TB on women and mothers. In addition to the continued collaboration between HIV and TB networks to tackle this dual epidemic. Further updates on these meetings next week!
As part of this advocacy tour, RESULTS UK will also be organising an opportunity for grassroots activists to meet Joyce and Mamta to hear first hand, their personal journeys with TB at an evening reception at the RESULTS UK office! The event will be on Thursday 14th October starting at 6.30pm. For more details please see the invite here and RSVP attendance to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday the 12th October! We look forward to seeing you there!