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  • Universal Health CoverageEnding the TB EpidemicInvesting in NutritionThe Power of Vaccines

    Transitioning from multilateral to domestic health financing: The looming challenge

    Posted by ACTION Secretariat, Washington, D.C. on Sep 19, 2017  | 

    Although good health is the foundation for individuals, communities, and countries to thrive, a 2015 study by the World Health Organization and the World Bank estimated that 400 million people worldwide lack access to at least one of seven essential health services, ranging from pregnancy care to clean water. Despite much progress under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), from 2000 to 2015, much more needs to be done to give all people equal access to health. ACTION’s policy paper, Progress in Peril? The Changing Landscape of Global Health Financing examines the global health landscape in the face of imminent shifts in where and how global health funding is available to support low- and middle-income countries. Read more

  • Posted by Heather Teixeira on Apr 30, 2017  | 

    ACTION’s new Polio Accountability Tool tells the unique history of polio eradication and tracks the government dollars that make eradication a likelihood. Use this tool to track your government’s participation in this effort and help ensure that future generations are completely free from polio. Read more

  • Posted by Heather Teixeira on Apr 24, 2017  | 

    Every year, up to three million children’s lives are saved because of vaccines. Diseases such as tetanus and diphtheria, previously major killers of children are on the decline because of increased access to immunization for children all over the globe. The efforts made to date to roll out immunization services to children around the world are laudable. But, progress doesn’t equal a job completed. We need to push harder and further to reach those children that have been left behind. Everyone has a role to play in ensuring that children don’t die from vaccine-preventable diseases. Read more

  • Posted by ACTION Guest on Apr 03, 2017  | 

    By Ari Probandari, MD | World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, observed March 24 each year, calls attention to the disease as one of the world’s oldest and deadliest. The date commemorates the 1882 announcement by Dr. Robert Koch that he had discovered the cause of the highly infectious disease: the tubercle bacillus. Under the theme, “Unite to End TB,” advocacy groups are intensifying efforts to reach the World Health Organization’s (WHO) goal to eliminate the disease by 2030. Read more

  • Ending the TB Epidemic

    Addressing the needs of TB patients

    Posted by ACTION Guest on Mar 31, 2017  | 

    By Enrique Delgado | The impact of tuberculosis (TB) on people and communities worldwide is obvious in frightening statistics, revealing that close to two million people die each year from a disease that is preventable and treatable. Those numbers don’t tell the full story, however. Read more

  • Ending the TB Epidemic Waiswa Nkwanga

    Fight TB through education

    Posted by Waiswa Nkwanga on Mar 24, 2017  | 

    When people in West Africa started dying from Ebola, communities had no idea what was killing them. People resorted to rumors and allegations of foul play, such as the damaging claim that Westerners created the virus to combat population growth. This only exacerbated the problem and fueled stigma against those affected by the disease. It was a classic example of the fallout from weak public health institutions and a lack of education around the health threats that the region faced. Read more

  • Ending the TB EpidemicInvesting in NutritionThe Power of Vaccines Grace Virtue, Ph.D.

    Extreme poverty in Haiti: Why we must do more to end it

    Posted by Grace Virtue, Ph.D. on Jan 23, 2017  | 

    Throughout the world, particularly in the Global South, millions of people begin each day struggling with how to satisfy their most basic needs. Where to get food or water. Making do with non-existent or communal sanitary facilities. Limited or no access to dental or medical care. High exposure to contagious diseases. The constant threat of conflict or disasters — which is never far removed from situations of extreme poverty. Read more

  • Posted by Grace Virtue, Ph.D. on Dec 01, 2016  | 

    World AIDS Day, observed December 1st, is an opportunity both to call attention to the continuing challenges to end infections globally, and in the case of Haiti, to shed new light on the link between poverty, the prevalence of HIV/AIDS and other diseases, and the need for deep and coordinated efforts across the issues. Read more