Aaron Oxley, ED of RESULTS UK, with John Mathai of Global Health Advocates India and a RESULTS US grassroots volunteer at the IC in 2011
Over the next couple of days, staff from all of the RESULTS affiliate countries, including the UK, will be heading to Washington D.C for the RESULTS International Conference. The annual conference brings together staff and grassroots volunteers from all of the RESULTS partner countries: US, UK, Canada, Mexico, Australia and Japan.
The conference features a wide range of top speakers, including Economist Jeff Sachs and Raj Shah, head of USAid.
Also during next week is the International AIDS Society Conference, the biggest gathering of AIDS activists and policy makers in the world, being held in the US for the first time since they lifted the entry ban on HIV+ people. Barack Obama and George W. Bush are due to open the conference on Sunday night. Members of the ACTION project and staff from the APPG-TB will be attending the conference to advocate on TB/HIV co-infection.
The next 10 days will certainly be busy but they should also be incredibly important for the future of RESULTS and AIDS advocacy around the world.
Zambian activist and patient advocate Carol Nyirenda delivered the following speech at RESULTS 2011 International Conference donor luncheon:
“In 2001, when I lost my husband, I too fell ill after his death and was bedridden for months. I had very little hope of getting well especially when I was told after a biopsy taken that I had a skin cancer called Karposis Sarcoma. Little did I know that this was just the beginning of many years of pain and helplessness. I later developed a dry cough which, after many X-ray tests and going back and forth to the health centre, was finally diagnosed as Extrapulmonary Tuberculosis. Because I was getting little response from the treatment, I was then tested for HIV and confirmed to be positive.
“During this period I was ill, I was unable to work which made it even more difficult to pay for hospital visits, let alone the treatments. Through support from my family members, I completed my TB treatment but could not afford to continue buying my antiretrovirals (ARVs) and had to stop the HIV treatment. As we are all aware, during those early years, I had been given a death sentence. Imagine, being co-infected, faced with the dual burden of being sick and still being expected to provide and care for my family. There was nothing that I or my family could do. With two young children to look after and retired parents, there was nothing left to do but to stay in bed until my time to die came.
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Last month, RESULTS volunteers from around the world came together to celebrate our past and be part of shaping a future without poverty. For those of you who weren’t able to attend you can enjoy the highlights by viewing these photographs as well as viewing the special powerpoint presentation of 30 years of RESULTS. Even more information from the conference, can also be found here.
Start preparing for next year…mark your calendar for the 2011 RESULTS International Conference, June 18-21, at the Four Points Sheraton in Washington DC!
RESULTS International partners at the World Bank
Last week, over 300 RESULTS advocates from across the globe joined together to celebrate 30 years of RESULTS at the International Conference in Washington DC. Whilst the majority of participants were advocates from groups around the USA, there were also participants from Australia, Canada, DR Congo, France, India, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Zambia… and of course the UK (proudly represented by Aparna, Julia and Louise). Continue reading
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Tagged Campaigning, Capitol Hill, Grassroots, Health, International Conference, Poverty, RESULTS, World Bank
The RESULTS international conference in Washington, DC is extra special this year. 2010 marks the 30th anniversary of RESULTS which was founded back in 1980 by Sam Daley-Harris in the USA.
For three decades, RESULTS partners from around the world have been shining a light on critical, effective solutions to poverty and through our collective efforts have created shifts in development priorities and spending, which have had a major impact on the lives of the poor. Continue reading
On June 20-22 2010, the annual RESULTS International Conference will be held in Washington, DC. This year is a special year because the conference will celebrate 30 years since the first RESULTS group was set up! This is a fantastic event where all the RESULTS organisations from around the world come together to share knowledge and experiences, hold some really powerful meetings with decision makers at international institutions like the World Bank, and overall have a great time!
We would love for UK grassroots to come along to the International Conference. The full details are available on the RESULTS USA website. Continue reading