The campaign included the personal story of a brave and remarkable woman from the Philippines – Ms Louie Zepeda – who lost her eyesight and a career in architecture during a two-year battle with the disease. Not being one to take that lying down, she is now a married with a young daughter, a program associate at the Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) for the ASEAN Region, and an international advocate for Tuberculosis Patients and the Sight Impaired.
As a Director of RESULTS, this is a very proud moment . Thanks must go to Ms Bishop and her staff, but well done to RESULTS CEO Maree Nutt and her hard-working team, and the advocacy campaigners who attended the launch of the TB Forum at Parliament House on Monday 23 March 2015.
In the last 20 years, humanity has made great progress in shaping a more just and equal world. Together, through Australian Aid, we have played a part in that story. We want Australians to celebrate our important contributions on the world stage, and ensure that as a nation we are for Australian Aid.
That is why Make Poverty History, together with Micah Challenge, have launched a new Campaign for Australian Aid. The campaign is a coalition of over 50 aid and development organisations below.
In recent years, Australia’s aid budget has suffered from successive cuts, and has lost the bi-partisan support it once held. These have dramatically set back our national contribution to the crucial progress of international development.
Now, more than ever, Australia needs strong support behind the life-changing work of aid.
Add your voice to the movement committed to a brighter future for Australian Aid. Join the Campaign for Australian Aid.
I’m posting this today to share some exciting news. RESULTS International (Australia), an organisation with whom I’ve had a long affiliation, are hoping to establish a RESULTS Canberra group in 2015!
RESULTS group members meet each month to learn about an issue of poverty, become articulate in speaking about the issue, and take action to build the political will to solve it. This usually means writing to or meeting with a parliamentarian, or writing to a newspaper about the issue.
Since 1 July 2014, our grassroots advocates around the country have organised 14 meetings with MPs, had 25 letters to the editor published in newspapers, generated 11 media items, raised $16,000 and written letters to their MPs. Our advocates recently played a role in securing an additional $50 million for GAVI, the Global Vaccine Alliance – an organisation that works to make vaccines affordable and available for the world’s lowest income countries.
Contact me if you are interested in learning more and being involved in the group – whether helping to start it, inviting others, or being in the group yourself.
As countries implementing the UN’s Millennium Development Goals to end poverty are discovering, when the education of girls improves, maternal and infant mortality rates fall, the devastation from diseases from AIDS to tuberculosis is reduced and the employment prospects of young people improve. [Gordon Brown, former UK Prime Minister]
In particular I want to acknowledge David [Bailey] for bringing an extraordinary level of professionalism to our work and for his keen eye on process and procedure and providing us with a robust governance framework that had been sadly lacking [Aldo King, Retiring Board Chair, RESULTS International (Australia)]
RESULTS International Australia (RIA) is a secular not-for-profit non-partisan organisation committed to generating the public and political will to end global poverty. It has been operating in Australia for 27 years and, along with sister organisations in several other countries, the New York Times has called it “the best kept secret in international development”.
Consider this – globally, 1 in 7 people live in extreme poverty; aid is dropping lower and lower on the list of our Government’s priorities; 1 in 4 people with HIV dies from Tuberculosis; and RESULTS is not happy about that. This July, RESULTS activists from all over Australia and the World will be meeting in Melbourne to learn more about what a citizen can do to help change the world in the areas of Tuberculosis, Vaccinations, Nutrition, Education & Micro-finance.
The Conference is immediately before AIDS 2014 – the premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policy makers, persons living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic. So why don’t you join RESULTS and heklp change the world? For more information about the Conferences, visit the RESULTS or the AIDS 2014 websites.
RESULTS International Australia (RIA) is a secular not-for-profit non-partisan organisation committed to generating the public and political will to end global poverty through citizen transformation. It has been operating in Australia for 27 years and, along with sister organisations in several other countries, the New York Times has called it “the best kept secret in international development”.
Consider this – globally, 1 in 7 people live in extreme poverty; aid is dropping lower and lower on the list of our Government’s priorities; and RESULTS is not happy about that. This March, RESULTS activists will be visiting our politicians in Canberra to raise their concerns. Why don’t you join us – it’s life changing! For more information, visit the website.