Alison Root

Alison Root

Alison Root is a Senior Associate and joined RESULTS in April 2010 as a part of the ACTION team after graduating from Stanford University with a B.A. in International Relations and a M.A. in Sociology. During her time at Stanford, Alison worked with a small NGO called FORGE working with refugees in northern Zambia. With FORGE, she helped UNHCR initiate a new refugee led repatriation information center, and coordinated a higher education scholarship program called FORGE Education Fund. Prior to joining RESULTS, Alison spent time working for Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, and the Embassy of Papua New Guinea.

Follow Alison on Twitter at @acroot 

Blog posts by Alison Root:
  • Posted on Apr 23, 2014  | 

    When I first started working on vaccine advocacy in 2011 the situation was clear – most children in the world had no access to the vaccines that could save their lives. As a dedicated problem solver, I was proud to work for ACTION, a partnership of advocacy organizations mobilizing resources and shaping policies to ensure access to health for all. Read more

  • Posted on Oct 17, 2013  | 

    Today, the ACTION partnership launched a tool to remind donors, advocates, and GAVI partners that our work is not done. Read more

  • Posted on Jun 26, 2013  | 

    Donors stepped up to the plate in June 2011 with lofty pledges for the GAVI Alliance - with promises that could prevent 4 million future child deaths. Two years later, where do we stand in converting promises into reality? Read why fulfilling GAVI pledges is just the starting point in the Promise Renewed for children. Read more

  • Posted on Jun 17, 2013  | 

    How can we turn pledges and plans on child survival into resources and action? Read more

  • Posted on Apr 19, 2013  | 

    The GAVI Alliance announced an impressive drop in the price of the pentavalent vaccine yesterday. Pentavalent vaccine combines protection against five killer diseases into one vaccine, and is now cheaper than ever! Check out the infographic for more details about what this means! Read more

  • Posted on Apr 11, 2013  | 

    What needs to be done to fight the two leading killers of children around the world? A new global plan lays it out -- and we explain what it means. Read more

  • Posted on Feb 12, 2013  | 

    The tragic deaths of polio vaccinators in Nigeria and Pakistan must not be in vain. Read more

  • Posted on Feb 01, 2013  | 

    Public-private partnerships, or PPPs, are all the rage in the development community Read more

  • Posted on Jan 24, 2013  | 

    Patches layered with microscopic needles, or vaccines made with silk -- just a couple of the adaptations could make existing vaccines cheaper, easier to administer, and more efficient to transport. Read more

  • Posted on Nov 09, 2012  | 

    Global investments have led to great progress toward improving the health of children in developing countries. Yet pneumonia and diarrhea still cause nearly one-third of all child deaths. Read more

  • Posted on Oct 19, 2012  | 

    Check out this interactive infographic from our friends at Aeras on their work to produce more effective vaccines against tuberculosis. Read more

  • Posted on Oct 12, 2012  | 

    How do you visualize TB? Check out this infographic from our friends at MSF Read more

  • Posted on Sep 21, 2012  | 

    UNICEF released a new infographic charting India's progress in reducing under-5 child deaths, and highlights some of the challenges India still faces. Read more

  • Posted on Sep 13, 2012  | 

    Ahead of the UN General Assembly next week, UNICEF released data today charting the incredible progress in reducing child deaths, but highlights the increased concentration of deaths in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. See how the conversation unfolded. Read more

  • Posted on Sep 11, 2012  | 

    Vaccines are powerful. But there also rather high maintenance. Building off of our earlier blog on vaccine innovations, another university engineering student was awarded for his human-powered refrigerator system which could help developing countries safely distribute vaccines to the most remote and underserved populations - to the children who need them the most. Read more

  • Posted on Aug 27, 2012  | 

    As I'm drafting a follow-up research product to Finding the Final Fifth: Inequalities in Immunisation, I came across this video from the CORE Group on Equity and Health building the case for added investments in equity-focused policies. Read more

  • Posted on Jul 25, 2012  | 

    What do we want? The end of AIDS! How do we want it? By tackling TB! Read more

  • Posted on Jul 20, 2012  | 

    The GAVI Alliance provides the world's poorest countries access to life-saving vaccines at drastically reduced prices. The catch? The poorest countries can be fairly unstable, or have low performing health systems. Read more

  • Posted on Jun 08, 2012  | 

    A student group of Harvard entrepreneurs is tackling one of the biggest barriers to reaching unreached children with life-saving vaccines. This is just the first step in a long process for the entrepreneurs who recently won the Harvard President’s Challenge Grand Prize for social entrepreneurship. Their team, aptly named Vaxess Technologies, has developed an innovation using a byproduct of a material produced in much of the developing world - silk. By transforming a protein found in silk, a thin film strip of the product proves to be a perfect host for a vaccine. Read more

  • Posted on May 29, 2012  | 

    The World Health Assembly endorsed the Global Vaccine Action Plan last week. See how the twitter conversation unfolded! Read more

  • Posted on Apr 23, 2012  | 

    ACTION asks our Kenyan partner 3 questions on the current status of immunizations in Kenya. See what he thinks! Read more

  • Posted on Feb 08, 2012  | 

    Whooping cough, like many other diseases, seems like something from the past. Which is why I was rather shocked when my boss, a fellow global health advocate, was diagnosed with whooping cough (pertussis) for the second time in five years. Read more

  • Posted on Nov 11, 2011  | 

    Despite being a preventable and treatable disease, one child dies from pneumonia every 20 seconds, almost 99% of whom live in the developing world. As a result of this immense inequity, UNICEF has called pneumonia the “forgotten killer of children”. Read more

  • Posted on Oct 03, 2011  | 

    Last week, the GAVI Alliance announced the approval of a new wave of funding for lifesaving vaccines for children around the world. With resources garnered from its successful pledging conference in June (in part due to advocacy from ACTION partners), the GAVI Alliance Executive Committee reviewed and approved financing applications for 37 countries to roll out new and underused vaccines. Read more

  • Posted on Jul 15, 2011  | 

    Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is daunting. Full stop. Enduring the toxic treatments and social isolation necessitated over the two years of treatment is something most of us cannot even imagine. Increased global attention to MDR-TB and intimidating statistics referring to the 440,000 cases of MDR-TB each year still obfuscate the heart of the issue: that going through MDR-TB treatment is something few of us understand. Read more

  • Posted on Jun 08, 2011  | 

    That was one of the key messages of the In Women’s Words event sponsored by UN Women and UN AIDS in collaboration with the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS and the ATHENA Network as the United Nations’ high level meeting on HIV/AIDS got underway in NY this week. Read more

  • Posted on May 23, 2011  | 

    It seems like just recently ACTION and the global health community put all hands on deck to ensure a robust Global Fund replenishment. In the U.S., ACTION celebrated the government’s commitment of $4 billion, which despite being lower than the global need, was a major feat in itself. Read more