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A New Vaccine – Saving Children’s Lives

We are thrilled to be able to report that the first children in the world have begun to receive their vaccinations against the world’s biggest child killer — pneumonia. These children are in Kenya, and they are the first wave of vaccinations that are currently heading out to 40 developing countries.

This is tremendous news, and the difference this will make in the world really can’t be overstated. The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) has prepared an introductory video.

Pneumococcal disease currently takes the lives of over a million of people every year – including more than half a million children before their fifth birthday. Pneumonia is the most common form of serious pneumococcal disease and accounts for 18% of child deaths in developing countries, making it one of the two leading causes of death among young children.

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Debunking the myths about aid

While the UK has a strong tradition of philanthropy and a history of public support for international aid, aid remains a controversial topic among some sections of the public and media. This controversy has recently been intensified in the context of economic austerity and public sector funding cuts. As a consequence we have recently experienced a ‘backlash’ against aid, and at RESULTS have been concerned to see a number of incorrect assertions about aid, what we call ‘aid myths’, emerging in the debate.

We’ve therefore put together a set of arguments, which are outlined below, for why international aid is important along with responses to some of the most frequent challenges laid at the door of aid. We would love to hear your feedback on how useful these arguments are to grassroots activists as you seek to increase public and political knowledge about and support for effective development aid. Please do comment, or get in touch with us in the office. Continue reading

The World Bank’s IFC Provides Grants for Agricultural Microinsurance

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a part of the World Bank, recently announced it would be providing $4.1 million in grants to three organisations as part of its Global Index Insurance Facility (GIIF).

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Canadian Parliament passes a motion to increase support for microfinance

Yesterday a motion calling on the Canadian government to dedicate new funding for microcredit lending in the world’s poorest countries received unanimous support from all Canadian Members of Parliament.

John McCallum, the Member of Parliament for Markham-Unionville, sponsored the motion and said that he was excited by the high level of interest and support he has received from politicians in all four parties. Continue reading

Star-studded Microcredit Summit puts poverty reduction at its heart

The Africa-Middle East Regional Microcredit Summit took place last week from the 7 to the 10 April in Nairobi, Kenya. The meetingMicrocredit Summit Nairobi logo was the 14th global get-together organised by the Microcredit Summit Campaign, the organisation that was set up in 1997 by RESULTS Educational Fund in order to support the goal of reaching 100 million of the world’s poorest families with microloans – a goal that was met in 2007.

Similarly to the previous Summits, this year’s gathering was aimed at assessing progress toward the Campaign’s new 2015 goals – which include ensuring that 100 million of the world’s poorest families rise above the $1 a day threshold – and sharing best practices as well as updates on most recent innovations. Continue reading

RESULTS UK Advocacy Tour 2010 with Lucy Chesire

20 – 25 March 2010, saw the arrival of Lucy Chesire, well known and respected advocate for HIV/TB issues from the ACTION project, Kenya. During her week long Advocacy Tour, Lucy met with a variety of stakeholders talking about her personal experiences with HIV and TB, and the problems faced by Kenya in maintaining health services for tuberculosis, while supporting the UK Coalition to Stop TB in the launch for their new campaign ‘TB: A Disease of the Past? Action Now!’ for World TB Day.   Continue reading

World TB Day – what is RESULTS doing?

World TB day is next week, on Wednesday 24th March, and the RESULTS team will be involved in a number of exciting activities taking place throughout the day.

An Open Letter will appear in the Times newspaper calling on readers to support the UK Coalition to Stop TB’s new campaign for World TB Day ‘TB: A disease of the past? Action now!’ highlighting current problems with TB control in the UK and globally. The campaign calls for demonstrations of commitment to the fight against TB from MPs and the candidates running in the upcoming election.

At 12pm on 24th March a delegation from the UK Coalition to Stop TB will be going to No. 10 Downing Street to deliver the TB Election Asks. The delegation will include Lucy Chesire (well known HIV-TB  advocate from the Kenya AIDS NGOs Consortium), Aparna Barua from the UK Coalition to Stop TB, Mike Smith, Coordinator of the APPG on Global TB and Clare Shaw and Kibble Ngalauka, from Target Tuberculosis and The Sue Ryder Foundation, Malawi, respectively. Continue reading