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
Posted in Global Health, TB, Women
Tagged Action Project, Africa, Angus MacNeil, Cathy Jamieson, GeneXpert, Global Health, HIV, MP, Parliamentary delegation, Rwanda, TB-HIV, Tuberculosis, Women
On Tuesday we held our March Conference Call entitled: “World TB Day: still neglected, still killing”. March the 24th 2011 marks the 29th anniversary of World TB Day. TB is a preventable and curable disease, yet it kills 1.7 million people every year. While progress has been made towards fighting TB, many challenges remain, the greatest of which is the lack of prioritisation of this global health threat from governments in the developing and developed world. If we do not address the issue now, 20 million people will die from TB in the next decade.
Our guest speaker on the call was Joel Spicer, senior strategist at the Stop TB partnership, a coalition of donors, governments and NGOs working to end TB, which is hosted in the World Health Organisation (WHO). If you were unable to join us on the call, you can now listen to the recording here. Continue reading
Posted in Global Health, Monthly actions, TB
Tagged Global Health, Global Plan to Stop TB, HIV, Joel Spicer, Poverty, Stop TB Partnership, TB, TB-HIV, World TB day
Yesterday the Department for International Development (DFID) announced that it will provide measures of support to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The announcement shows that DFID are advancing a payment of £100 million from a previous UK pledge to the Global Fund committing £640million between 2011 and 2015. Although it does not signal new funding as it is an early disbursement of funds already promised, it is positive that DfID have recognised the urgent need for financing at the Global Fund and agreed to release the funds early.
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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Tagged Action Project, Advocacy, Aid, APPG, Bill Gates, Campaigning, DFID, Disability, Education for All, Fundraising, Gary Lineker, Global Health, Grassroots, Health, HIV, Microfinance, Microinsurance, National Conference, RESULTS, TB, Tuberculosis, UK Coalition to Stop TB, User fees
On Tuesday, we held our monthly Conference Call which was titled: ‘World Aids Day 2010 – Telling the positive stories about aid to international development’. Our guest on the call was Alexander Woollcombe, who is the UK Government Relations Manager at the One Campaign where a part of his job is to ensure that promises made about aid are honoured by the UK. One of the campaigns he is presently working on focuses on ending mother to child HIV transmission by 2015. A recording of the call is now available to download here. If you weren’t able to join us on the call do listen to the recording and take the action. Continue reading
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Tagged Aid, AIDS, Alexander Woollcombe, ARV, Campaigning, Child health, Grassroots, HIV, Living Proof Campaign, Maternal health, ONE Campaign, PMTCT, Prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV, RESULTS
TB is the leading cause of death for people living with HIV. Without treatment, 90% of people with HIV die within months of contracting TB. In spite of the close relationship between the diseases policy makers have been slow to respond – often providing testing and treatment for one disease, but ignoring the other. In many cases people are living with HIV, but still dying of TB.
In anticipation of World AIDS Day last week a number of MPs tabled parliamentary questions highlighting the issues around HIV/TB and the need to integrate services. Continue reading