Thanks to everyone who joined us on the evening of Tuesday 5 May. We started off with a celebration on the Government’s recent announcement on their support for Gavi, the Vacine Alliance – a huge campaign win for us and a hugely positive change in the world, with the UK’s financial contribution helping to immunise 75 million children in the world’s poorest countries.

The main focus of this month’s call was to examine how COVID-19 is affecting progress on the health issues RESULTS works on (nutrition, immunisation and TB) in some of the world’s poorest countries. We were joined by guest speakers:

Ingrid Schoeman, Operational Manager, TB Proof
Bruce Reilly, Polio Advocacy Officer, RESULTS UK
Naveed Chaudhri, Head of Campaigns, RESULTS UK

Watch the recording below:

Find out more about COVID-19 and TB and on impact on the importance of routine immunisation.

Take the May campaign action – writing a letter to the editor of your local paper or online local news outlet explaining why a global response to COVID is important, and why the fight against the pandemic must be part of our larger goal to eradicate poverty and disease.

Links and resources mentioned on the call:

£6.5bn pledged to COVID-19 research and development at European summit 
Aaron quoted in Devex on projections of a shrinking Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) budget
And on the precarity of funding for global nutrition 
UK pledges to Gavi the Vaccine Alliance. Read RESULTS’ response here
Ellena and Tamara from the Brighton group’s blog, ‘Advocacy in the Era of COVID-19’ 
Response to the April action 
Slides from the recent Advocates for UK Aid training
Registration for the International Conference
TB Proof, and Ingrid’s blog for MSF
Peter Sands (Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and malaria) speaking on the RESULTS USA conference call recently
Some insight into health inequality between different ethnic groups in the UK 
The Centre for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation (CEPI)