September conference call recording now available

We are pleased to share that our September conference call is now available to download.

On this month’s call we were joined by Simon Wright, Head of Child Survival at Save the Children, who spoke passionately and honestly about the importance of health system strengthening and how the UK can support developing countries to deliver health for all.

To find out what he had to say have a listen to the recording below:

 

For more information about this months action or the different ways you can get involved, please drop Emily an email at emily.cabon@results.org.uk.

SAVE THE DATE: September Celebrations of the new Global Goals.

This year the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) draw to a close after an extraordinary 15 years in international development, with more than one billion people lifted out of extreme poverty. After months of negotiation, debate and consultation, this September the new Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be unveiled at the United Nations in New York at a special summit 25th-27th September. The new ‘Global Goals’ will be a universal set of goals, targets and indicators that UN member states will be expected to use to frame their agendas and political policies over the next 15 years. Described as “a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity”, central to the 17 proposed goals is a commitment to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030. Full details of the proposed goals can be found here: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgsproposal.

In September, there’s lots going on around the world to show support for the ambitious action that is needed to deliver the goals and to achieve a world of prosperity for all. You can be a part of it. More details will follow in a few weeks’ time, but for now Save The Date and be part of this historic moment.

1. action/2015 – Lighting the way to a better world: 24th September

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action/2015 is a coalition of over 1950 organisations around the world (including RESULTS!) who are committed to fighting for a better future. The coalition represents different voices from over 40 countries that are coming together to demand concrete actions that reflect local struggles around the world, leaving no one behind. Action/2015 knows that by working together, we can maximise pressure on world leaders and ensure that 2015 truly is a year of action.

Around the world from London to Sydney to Johannesburg, people will be coming together on Thursday 24th September to mark the start of a new development era. Crowds will gather because we want every world leader to know that the new global goals are of the people, by the people, for the people and that the people will be watching to ensure the goals are met. In London, action/2015 will be meeting on the Millennium Bridge at 6.30pm. Join us and be part of history. Find out more and register online, then send Emily an email (emily.cabon@results.org.uk) to let us know you are joining.

2. Project Everyone: 26th September – 2nd October

“The more people who know about the Global Goals for sustainable development, the more successful they’ll be. If we all fight for them, our leaders will make them happen. So they need to be famous.”

The simple but mighty ambition of Project Everyone is to share the global goals with 7 billion people in 7 days, the week after the UN announces the new SDGs. Led by film-maker Richard Curtis, they plan to do this by highlighting the global goals on websites, TV stations, cinemas, schools, radio stations, newspapers, magazines, billboards, newsletters, noticeboards, pinboards, milk cartons and mobile phones. But that won’t be enough. We need your help to share the new Global Goals far and wide.

Check out http://www.globalgoals.org/ and start sharing the Global Goals with your friend, family and colleagues. Tell Everyone!

3. RESULTS Global Grassroots Webinar: 27th September

On Sunday 27th September, RESULTS will be hosting a global grassroots webinar live from the United Nations Summit in New York. Grassroots campaigners from across the world will hear from Joanne Carter, Executive Director of RESULTS U.S. and Aaron Oxley, Executive Director of RESULTS UK, in the heart of the action at the UN. They will share the excitement from the Summit, share an update on the discussion of the new Global Goals and let you know what it all means for international development. And we’re hoping (fingers crossed!) they’ll be joined by Dr Jeffrey Sachs, world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author and Director of The Earth Institute.

Full details will be shared with you soon, but in the meantime get the date in your diary now. Its going to be great!

 

One Month Until The Global Goals: Leaving No-One Behind

 In just a months time, the world will decide on a new set of Global Goals. We explore how we achieve equity and ensure we leave no-one behind.

This year is a crucial one. It marks the deadline of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)  adopted in 2000, which built the momentum towards ending extreme poverty and hunger, reducing mortality and improving health by tackling killer diseases, expanding education opportunities, and outlining collaborative partnerships for development and environmental sustainability.

The world has come a long way since 2000, making commendable progress in reducing child and maternal mortality, reducing hunger for millions, increasing primary school enrolment, and reducing absolute poverty.

Yet, development is an unfinished agenda. Over 1 billion people living on less than $1.25 a day, nearly 795 million people still suffer from hunger and over 2 billion suffer from ‘hidden hunger’, 2.3 billion people do not have access to proper sanitation, 6.3 million children die every year mostly of preventable causes, and around 121 million children and adolescents do not have access to education. Moreover, our ever growing population which is likely to reach 9.6 billion by 2050, continues to strain global resources.  Climate change is threatening lives both directly and indirectly through its impact on weather patterns, agriculture production, and occurrence of natural disasters.

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Parliamentary delegation examines Zambia’s progress on TB and child survival

RESULTS UK recently led a delegation to Zambia with four parliamentarians from the UK’s three largest parties to examine how the country is addressing the global health challenges of Tuberculosis (TB) and child survival.

7UV2usmPeCrvL4WGKLYl78NesHGMYrmGpGeLgODiq6UZambia is an interesting case study in health: it is a Lower Middle Income country, which has had a growth rate of between 6% and 10% for the last decade, but its population of 15 million is dispersed over a wide geographic area the size of France and Spain put together and many people continue to live in poverty.  It has made some progress in meeting health indicators but has lagged behind in others, which in turn has held back its social and economic development.

For example, Zambia has met the MDG target to reduce child deaths by two-thirds with child mortality falling from 193 deaths per 1000 live births in 1990 to 21 in 2013; yet, 51,000 children under 5 continue to die each year.  Similarly, the TB incidence rate has gone from 793 people per 100,000 population in 1995 to 410 in 2013, but 60,000 people still develop TB annually and 12,000 die as a result.  Two-thirds of those with TB are also living with HIV.  TB-HIV co-infection is a major problem, with TB being the biggest killer of people living with HIV around the world.

Of course behind these statistics are individuals and the purpose of our delegation was to meet with patients and the health workers who assist them to better understand how progress has been made and how the remaining gaps can be closed.

Together with RESULTS UK, Stuart Andrew MP, Lisa Cameron MP, Oliver Colvile MP and Kate Osamor MP visited national and community-based health programmes in Zambia’s capital city, Lusaka, and in more rural settings around Chongwe District.

We witnessed a lot of good practice: local communities in Lusaka benefiting from the TB and HIV expertise of staff at the nearby ZEHRP HIV vaccine laboratory, including couples counselling; integrated TB and HIV services at St Luke’s Mission Hospital near Chongwe, and procedures in place to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission; and Unicef staff working to ensure that children in hard-to-reach locations – including in the rural communities around Kanakantapa in Chongwe District – receive the vaccinations and treatment they require.

Towards the end of our delegation, we met with Zambia’s Health Minister, Joseph Kasonde, who outlined his ambitious Elimination Agenda to end infectious diseases and avoidable deaths in Zambia; and, in the shorter term, his aim that healthcare be ‘clean, caring and competent’.

Notwithstanding the excellent work that we saw, it is clear that there are pressures on the delivery of healthcare in Zambia that will only become more apparent as efforts are scaled up.

Each health centre had long queues of patients waiting hours to be seen; we were informed at one clinic that one doctor was responsible for 1,200 there. Zambia faces an acute human resources challenge, especially in rural locations, with many of its facilities relying on the efforts of volunteers to deliver services at clinics and in the community.  We heard some really inspiring accounts from people who had attended clinics to receive treatment for TB and HIV, but who had now become volunteers helping to break through the stigma in their local communities.

It can be incredibly difficult to access healthcare in remote communities, despite the substantial investment that there has been in infrastructure.  We heard of one father who had carried his sick son for two days, only for him to die as he approached the entrance of St Luke’s Mission Hospital near Chongwe.

In a bid to tackle the problems presented by staffing and geography, the Government has commissioned the creation of 650 health posts throughout the country.  Each post is staffed by a Community Health Assistant who provides local residents with advice on disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment of common illnesses like diarrhoea in children, and refers more serious cases to health centres.

AX5EMr-ql-9Iz9fcg58Y6_psj5zuvXXNgyrmlptDb8sDFID has financed the recruitment, training and deployment of Community Health Assistants and they are expected to be on the Zambian Government’s payroll by next month.  At Kanyongola, we met 24-year old Elias Lungu, Community Health Assistant at the local health post.  As with most other Community Health Assistants, Elias lived in the community before he completed his year of training, which means that he has local knowledge and the people know and trust him.

As well as diagnosing and treating patients who contact him, Elias goes out into the community two days a week to conduct home visits where he informs families how to improve their living conditions and prevent ill-health.  We visited a family with him who had made improvements to their latrine and cooking area after a previous visit.  Such improvements can also help reduce the risk factors for more serious conditions like TB, which is exacerbated by overcrowding, poor ventilation and sanitation.

DFID’s investment in Community Health Assistants is a clear example of UK Aid being used to help meet Zambia’s health challenges.  In addition, UK funding helps the other projects that we visited through DFID’s substantial contributions to the Global Fund and GAVI.

As Zambia’s economy continues to develop, however, the sustainability of services will become more precarious.  Its status as a Lower Middle Income Country will negatively impact the medium and long-term financing of health from multilateral donors, such as GAVI and the Global Fund.  Meanwhile, in 2001 the African Union agreed that national governments should spend 15% GDP on healthcare, but the Zambian Government does not currently meet this target.

Last month RESULTS UK published its report Who Pays for Progress, a case study of Kenya’s transition from Low Income to Lower Middle Income status and the impact of this on financing for healthcare.  Zambia is a different country from Kenya with a different set of challenges, but the issue of financing healthcare in a Lower Middle Income Country is common to both.  In line with that report’s findings, it appears there will have to be greater Domestic Resource Mobilization in Zambia if the country is to build on its progress in tackling diseases like TB and improving child health, alongside continued support from donors. It is very clear that even with dramatic scale-up in domestic resources, donors have a vital role to play given the scale of the challenges in ensuring healthcare reaches everyone.

But the commitment of volunteers and staff like Elias is helping ensure that healthcare in Zambia is ‘clean, caring and competent’, and it was heartening to see such passion to ensure that everyone has access and to close the gaps.

RESULTS welcomes Corina Ghidirim, new TBEC Administrator

CorinaMy name is Corina Ghidirim and I am privileged to join the RESULTS UK team as the Administrator for the TB Europe Coalition (TBEC). My role is to support the TBEC team in implementing its strategy to support and strengthen the work of TB advocates in the WHO European Region.

I am from the Republic of Moldova, where I started my career as a teacher of English. However, when my country embarked on the path of independent development, I switched to working as a freelance translator and interpreter for international organizations and companies, such as IMF, World Bank, UNDP, OSCE, WHO and Price Waterhouse LLP, which provided technical assistance to Moldova in implementing reforms.

In 2001, I briefly accepted the challenge of working as a Counter Trafficking Assistant Program Officer at the International Organization for Migration Mission in Kosovo.

For over six years, I held the full time position of Translator/Interpreter at the USAID Regional Mission to Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova, Office in Chisinau. In this capacity, I also provided administrative support to the staff members, as well as covered the duties of Development Outreach and Communications staff during their leave. USAID funded numerous projects in Moldova across various sectors, including Strengthening Tuberculosis Control in Moldova Project implemented by the American International Health Alliance and Preventing HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B and C Project implemented by the Emerging Markets Group.

I started considering a career in international development during my work at USAID. I have a special interest and predilection for health and education, but I am willing to do anything related to relieving pain or opening doors to less fortunate people.

I can be reached at corina.ghidirim@results.org.uk.

Leaving No-one Behind: Realism vs Optimism in Kenya

The below article by Policy Advocacy Coordinator Laura Kerr originally appeared on post2015.org. It was included in the ‘Leave No-one Behind’ blog series which aims to explore how the Sustainable Development Goals can be implemented to include all social and economic groups. The article uses a case study from RESULTS latest report, Who Pays for Progress?

“As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind”

These are powerful and ambitious words in the preamble of the recently agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outcome document.  Finishing the work of the Millennium Development Goals and ensuring that everyone has the same rights to development and a life free from poverty is one of the few aspects of the SDGs that everyone agrees on.

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Misbegotten boycott – Grassroots member Gillian Price has letter published in the Tablet about polio vaccinations in Kenya

From the Tablet, 7 August 2015

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August conference call recording now available

We are pleased to share that our August conference call is now available to download. On this month’s call we were joined by Emily Laurie, Project Manager for the Worlds Largest Lesson, one pillar of an exciting new campaign called Project Everyone which you can find out more about here.

Project Everyone was established with one objective: to make the new Global Goals famous around the world so everyone, everywhere can hold their leaders accountable for the future of our planet. After the new goals are announced at the United Nations General Assembly on September 25th, the campaign will aim to share the new Global Goals with 7 billion people in just 7 days!

On last nights call, Emily spoke passionately about one part of the campaign called The World Largest Lesson which will aim to educate 8-14 year olds about the goals through creative lessons and assemblies in schools, before discussing the different ways we can get involved to support the campaign.

To find out what she had to say have a listen to the recording below:

 

For more information about the Project Everyone and The World Largest Lesson and the different ways you can support the campaign, visit the Project Everyone website or check out this months Background Sheet.

World B(r)E(a)ST-feeding Week 2015

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Every year 1st-7th August is observed as the World Breastfeeding Week, to celebrate, protect, promote, and support breastfeeding. This year we observe 25 years since the Innocenti declaration (1990), which recognised that breastfeeding provides ideal nutrition for infants and contributes to their healthy growth and development.

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From London to Washington DC: Highlights from the RESULTS International Conference

By Matt Bell, Grassroots Campaigner from London.

In July I went to the RESULTS International Conference in Washington DC with 530 other grassroot volunteers and partners from 23 countries.

The first 3 days of the conference were used to get to know other RESULTS volunteers from around the world and share ideas and opinions, hearing from inspirational speakers and to learn, improve and sharpen advocacy skills through training sessions and interactive workshops. Then on the last day, we used what we had learnt to lobby and influence policy makers in Capitol Hill.

On the Lobby Day I joined grassroots volunteers from Indiana to meet their congressman and senators or their aides to discuss domestic and global poverty. There were several powerful stories from the volunteers when talking about poverty within tunnamed (3)he US including a man who had been homeless for 15 years and a woman who wouldn’t be able to feed her 5 kids if the proposed cuts to the food stamp program went ahead. I could see these stories had an impact on the parliamentarians and will hopefully effect the decisions they make. The main ask they had for their representatives regarding global poverty was to support legislation to build programs to end preventable child and maternal deaths, and as one senators aide put it “Who could oppose that?” They were also asking the senators and congressmen to sign the Global TB Caucus, which was started by the APPG on Global TB supported by RESULTS UK.

There were a lot of highlights from the conference, but my favourite moment was hearing from Jeff Sachs, a world-renowned leader in sustainable development, who spoke about the SDG’s and the financing summit in Addis. Two things he said that stood out for me were “RESULTS is the greatest organisation imaginable” and that it’s up to all of us to make sure the SDG’s are achieved. We also heard from Jim Kim, President of the World Bank who spoke about investing in people and economic growth to lift people out of extreme poverty. Another highlight for me was hearing about all the successes Results has had over the last 35 years and seeing how what we do makes a difference and really can change the world.

The final highlight for me isn’t a specific one but just generally all the people I met while I was at the conference, not just the keynote speakers but all the volunteers and staff who had this energy / enthusiasm and belief to make a difference for things they care about. It was kind of contagious and I definitely left feeling inspired + motivated. It’s like we’ve been set a challenge to end extreme poverty by 2030 and I think it’s achievable.

I would recommend going to the conference to anyone who reads this, I had a great time, met some really cool people and learnt so much in just a few days. Also Washington’s a great city; I had time to see the White House, all the monument and loads of nice bars and restaurants.

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