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It is Time to Give Every Child the Chance at a Healthy Future

The battle against Ebola reminds us that medical advances do little good if they fail to reach the people who need them most. G20 leadership is now more important than ever, as Gavi works to fund, and then implement, its ambitious plan to immunise 300 million more children by 2020.

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The Latest in the Fight against TB

“1.5 million died last year from this curable disease,” read CNN’s headline last month. It’s not Ebola, but tuberculosis (TB). The World Health Organization released its latest analysis of the TB epidemic in October, showing that almost half a million more people have the disease than we previously knew.

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Our Chance to Show We’re Serious About Global Health

Researchers are racing to develop an effective vaccine for Ebola, hoping to stop the outbreak’s spread, save lives, and put an end to the enormous suffering caused by this vicious infection. But even as we scramble to respond to Ebola, much of the world lives out of reach of lifesaving vaccines developed years ago. We lose well over a million children every year to vaccine-preventable diseases.

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RESULTS Board Chair Honored with American College of Surgeon’s Award

RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund Board Chair Scott Leckman, M.D., F.A.C.S., today will receive the American College of Surgeon’s Surgical Volunteerism Award, recognizing his significant contributions to society through volunteer surgical care.

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Journalist call on the findings of the 2014 Global Tuberculosis Report

On Wednesday, October 22, the World Health Organization will release its annual update on the global tuberculosis (TB) epidemic.

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Media Pushes for Commitment to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

While many children will celebrate their birthdays this year with cake, candles, and presents, 6.3 million children around the world will die before they have the chance to celebrate their fifth birthday.

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It’s Time for Congress to Put Working Families First

On September 16, Census Bureau released its latest income data, showing that about one in seven Americans still lives below the poverty line. Meanwhile, important provisions of the Earned Income Tax Credit – one of the country’s most effective anti-poverty strategies – are set to expire if Congress doesn’t act. As we head into elections, what our elected officials do – or don’t do – in Washington has real consequences everyone back at home. 

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Investing in Quality Education for Every Child with the Global Partnership for Education

More than 58 million children worldwide are still denied the basic right to go to school, and the recent tragic kidnapping of schoolgirls in Nigeria makes clear just how serious the global education crisis is. Media nationwide agrees: it’s time for the U.S. government to do its part in helping secure a quality education for every child everywhere. 

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RESULTS & ACTION partnership stunned and saddened by Malaysia Airlines tragedy

As an ACTION partnership we are deeply saddened by the Malaysia Airlines crash and offer our heartfelt condolences to the friends, families, and colleagues of all those who died.

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U.S. commitment to Global Partnership for Education falls short of need and opportunity

Leaders from donor and developing country governments gathered yesterday for the Global Partnership for Education’s Second Replenishment pledging conference, making commitments to support quality education for children in poor and conflict-affected countries between now and 2018.

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USAID announces action plan to hasten progress on maternal & child health

USAID's strategic realignment of funding to reach more of the populations most in need with the most effective interventions will mean hundreds of thousands additional lives saved over the next three years.

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World leaders call for ambitious U.S. and other G-7 commitments to Global Partnership for Education

As the G-7 convenes in Brussels, a group of global leaders and some of the foremost development experts called on G-7 leadership to recommit to the world’s most vulnerable children through a successful replenishment of the Global Partnership for Education.

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As girls risk their lives for education, it’s time for us to stand behind them

As the world reels from the tragic kidnapping of schoolgirls in Nigeria, everyone asks “what can we do?” There is no simple answer. But this June the U.S. government has the chance to move us closer to a time when all children can go to school and learn, regardless of where they live or who they are.

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Tavis Smiley and RESULTS Host Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Ending Poverty

On April 29, 2014, at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT / 5 p.m. PT, join a national conversation on "Ending Poverty: America's Silent Spaces."

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FRONTLINE Live Web Chat with Joanne Carter

Join RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund Executive Director Joanne Carter and a panel of global TB experts to discuss the new FRONTLINE documentary "TB Silent Killer." Wednesday, March 26 at 3:30pm ET.

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RESULTS on World TB Day: Connect with us online, on TV, and on Capitol Hill

Each year, World Tuberculosis Day is a chance not just to honor the millions of people affected by the age-old lung disease, but to help move the world closer to defeating this deadly epidemic. Get involved with RESULTS this World TB Day online, on TV, on Capitol Hill, and around the world.

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Help Fulfill Malala’s Dream: Support Quality Education for 29 Million Children

This spring, the Global Partnership aims to raise $3.5 billion to support education for 29 million of the poorest and most vulnerable children. It is time the United States pledges to do its part, helping build a better educated world by committing $250 million over two years.

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Global Partnership for Education Sets $3.5 Billion Target to Support Education for All

The Global Partnership for Education aims to raise $3.5 billion to support quality education for 16 million of the poorest and most vulnerable children worldwide, its board announced today. As the only multilateral partnership exclusively dedicated to education for all, the Global Partnership for Education will ask donors to make funding commitments at a pledging conference in June. Echoing recent requests from Congress, civil society organizations are calling on the U.S. government to step forward at the conference with a two-year, $250 million commitment.

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As Rep. Holt Announces Retirement from Congress, RESULTS Celebrates His Legacy

Throughout his 15 years of service in the U.S. Congress, Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ) has been a champion in the fight against poverty and a deeply valued partner of RESULTS. His dedication, leadership, and intelligence will be missed on Capitol Hill, but his legacy as an advocate for people living in poverty will be felt for years to come.

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On International Women’s Day, Invest in Education for Girls

This spring, donors will come together to pledge support for  the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), the only international organization dedicated to quality education for all. The U.S. must commit to do its part, investing in the world’s children through GPE.

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Down Payment on TB’s Defeat

In the Winter 2014 edition of Global Health and Diplomacy magazine, leaders from around the world explore “Financing the Future of Global Health.” Tackling the issue of financing for tuberculosis is RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund Executive Director Joanne Carter. 

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Dr. Deborah Birx an Outstanding Choice for Global AIDS Coordinator, says RESULTS

Today the White House took an important step toward achieving its global health goals by nominating Dr. Deborah Birx as U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. In this role, Dr. Birx will lead the country’s global response to HIV/AIDS through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and U.S. engagement with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

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Senate calls for political reform in Bangladesh and continued independence of Grameen Bank

Last night the U.S. Senate passed a resolution expressing the need for political reform in Bangladesh and the continued independence of Grameen Bank. The resolution, S. Res. 318, comes on the heels of widely boycotted national elections in Bangladesh earlier this week, noting that political reform is critical to the country’s stability. It also urges the government of Bangladesh to restore the autonomy of Grameen Bank, which provides access to credit and other vital services to more than 8 million of the poorest women in the country.

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Honoring the legacy of Nelson Mandela

Today the RESULTS family mourns the loss of Nelson Mandela, one of history’s great champions for a more equitable and just world. Among the many battles he fought alongside the poor and the marginalized, Mandela had a commitment to ending the suffering caused by tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. 

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U.S. will match contributions to the Global Fund, up to $5 billion over three years

Statement from Joanne Carter, Executive Director of RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund, lauding the President’s commitment to the Global Fund.

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Hunger For Justice: Protecting Children and Families from Severe SNAP (Food Stamp) Cuts

House and Senate negotiators are meeting this month to finalize a Farm Bill, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps). SNAP is still the first line of defense against hunger in the U.S. With 47 million Americans, nearly half of them children (22 million), currently receiving SNAP, it is literally putting food on the table low-income families across America. Unfortunately, SNAP has been targeted for major cuts in Congress, particularly in the House of Representatives. On September 19, the House passed H.R.3102, which would cut SNAP by $39 billion over the next ten years, and now House and Senate leaders are negotiating over a final bill. We are stronger as a people and a nation because of programs like SNAP. To abandon those values now would dramatically increase poverty, hurt our economic recovery, and send a terrible message to millions of low-income children and families that their country no longer cares.

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Joanne Carter elected as Vice-Chair of the global Stop TB Partnership Coordinating Board

October 22, 2013

RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund Executive Director Joanne Carter elected as Vice-Chair of the global Stop TB Partnership Coordinating Board.

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U.S. Must Continue to Lead on Ending Global Epidemics

October 15, 2013

This December, leaders from around the world will meet in Washington, D.C., to decide the future of the global effort against the world’s deadliest pandemics. At the donor pledging conference hosted by the U.S. government, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria will work to raise $15 billion to support an ambitious new strategy to defeat these three diseases. There is a clear choice: invest in a plan to end these epidemics, or pass on a historic opportunity to tackle two ancient killers, malaria and tuberculosis (TB), and the modern plague of HIV/AIDS. The U.S. has already taken up the mantle of leadership by committing to host the donor conference. But now, to ensure the success of the pledging conference, and ultimately success in the fight against these diseases, the U.S. must commit its fair share by pledging $5 billion to the Global Fund over the next three years.

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World Bank Announces $700 Million in Financing to Achieve MDGs

Monday, September 23, 2013

Today the World Bank announced it projects at least $700 million in financing to achieve the Millennium Development Goals for women and children’s health. The funding will be provided through the International Development Association (IDA) arm of the World Bank and builds on investments made through the Health Results Innovation Trust Fund (HRTIF).

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RESULTS Welcomes Introduction of Bipartisan Education for All Act of 2013

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

With 57 million primary school-aged children still not in school around the world, and many more children in school failing to acquire basic literacy and numeracy skills, leadership from the United States government is needed now more than ever to ensure all children are able to receive a quality basic education. 

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World Leaders stand up for the Grameen Bank

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Today, in open letters to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, members of Congress and a diverse set of global leaders called on the government of Bangladesh to preserve the independence of Grameen Bank. Grameen Bank provides credit and other critical services to nearly 8.4 million of the poorest women in Bangladesh, creating an opportunity for these women and their families to transform their lives and move out of poverty

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World Bank Takes Action on Childhood Nutrition — Nearly Triples Direct Financing!

June 6, 2013
Today the World Bank announced a broad package of measures to accelerate progress on malnutrition, which is related to nearly half of all deaths of children under five according to data released today in The Lancet. The World Bank committed to nearly tripling direct financing for maternal and early childhood nutrition programs, increasing the nutrition impact of its investments in agriculture, tracking stunting — a result of chronic undernutrition — in its accountability scorecard, and scaling up technical support for countries with high burdens of stunting or underweight children.

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Malnutrition Responsible for Nearly Half of All Deaths in Children Under Five

June 6, 2013
Washington, D.C. — Startling findings released today show that malnutrition is responsible for nearly half of all deaths in children under five. Published as part of The Lancet series on maternal and child undernutrition, this new research shows that malnutrition is responsible for 3.1 million deaths annually in children under five.

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Stunted! Stalled Investment in Nutrition Threatens Global Health, Economic Growth

The human and economic costs of undernutrition are enormous. One third of the preventable deaths of young children are due to inadequate nutrition — that’s 2.5 million kids dying annually. When young children are malnourished, they become much more susceptible to illness, and much more likely to succumb from those illnesses. According to a recent report from UNICEF, kids who suffer from severe undernutrition are 9.5 times more likely to die from diarrhea and 6.4 times more likely to die from pneumonia. These common childhood ailments are treatable, but when they afflict children already weak from undernutrition, they become much more deadly.

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Drug Resistant TB an Urgent Threat

Although usually treatable with a course of inexpensive drugs ($22–50), TB kills 1.4 million people every year, making it the most deadly curable infectious disease in the world. One-third of the global population carries the bacterium that causes TB, and nearly 9 million will become sick with active TB in a year. TB continues to be the biggest killer of people with HIV, taking one in four lives of those who die of AIDS-related causes.

When TB is treated improperly or inconsistently, the disease develops resistance to the limited number of effective drugs available. Though overall TB death rates have dropped by 41 percent since 1990, hard-to-treat drug-resistant TB is surging because of poor or incomplete treatment. And those with active drug-resistant TB transmit the drug-resistant TB strain to others.

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Statement on Wall Street Journal Article: XDR-TB Case in Texas Calls for Compassion, Global Action

March 2, 2013 — The case of a Nepalese man detained at the U.S. border in Texas suffering from an extensively-drug resistant (XDR-TB) strain of tuberculosis — featured in today’s Wall Street Journalbrings heightened clarity to the urgency of a renewed global response in the fight against tuberculosis (TB).

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Statement from Joanne Carter on the Release of PEPFAR Blueprint: Creating an AIDS-free Generation

In response to the release of PEPFAR Blueprint: Creating an AIDS-free Generation, Joanne Carter, Executive Director of RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund, released the following statement:

This blueprint reflects the opportunity we have to not just fight HIV/AIDS, but end it. I applaud Secretary Clinton and Ambassador Goosby for their leadership and vision in outlining the next phase of the United States response to the global HIV/AIDS epidemic.

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Statement from Joanne Carter, Executive Director of RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund

RESULTS is thrilled to congratulate Ambassador Mark Dybul on his appointment today as the new Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

 

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RESULTS Responds to Census Bureau’s New Poverty Data

September 12, 2012 — Today, the U.S. Census bureau released its 2011 poverty and income data. 46.2 million Americans — 15 percent — lived in poverty last year ($23,021 or less for a family of four in 2011), not statistically different from 2010. RESULTS calls on Congress and President Obama to make ending poverty a top priority and protect critical programs that help millions of low-income Americans struggling to make ends meet.  “The new Census data reinforces what we’ve known already — that too many of our fellow Americans are struggling today, and that anti-poverty of programs like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) work,” said Meredith Dodson, director of RESULTS U.S. poverty campaigns. The Census Bureau estimates that EITC lifted 5.7 million Americans out of poverty last year and SNAP lifted 3.9 million above the poverty line. “We need to protect critical services for our most vulnerable, and we strongly urge Congress to reject proposed Draconian cuts to key safety net programs.”

 

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2012 World Bank Editorial Packet

The field of mathematics — once the boring domain of those armed with pocket-protectors — has of late been vaulted into the high-stakes world of politics and international affairs. U.S. presidential candidates are accusing one another of an inability to perform simple arithmetic. Banks, we recently learned, have been falsely inflating or deflating their rates to impact profits or appear more creditworthy than they actually are. Casual observers could be forgiven for wondering when simple math became so difficult.

 

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RESULTS Commends Price Reductions on Improved TB Test to Speed Diagnosis, Save Lives

Washington D.C.  On August 7, 2012, the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), UNITAID, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced an agreement that will significantly reduce the cost of the rapid TB diagnostic test Xpert MTB/RIF (commonly referred to as GeneXpert) in 145 high-burden and developing countries. RESULTS issued the following statement in response:

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RESULTS Dismayed over Bangladeshi Government Takeover of Grameen Bank’s Leadership

August 2, 2012 — Today, the Bangladesh cabinet approved changes to the Grameen Bank Ordinance (the 1983 law that created Grameen Bank) that would gut the power of Grameen Bank’s Board of Directors and transfer authority to the government-appointed chairman to select the next managing director of the Bank.

Joanne Carter, Executive Director of RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund, issued the following statement in response.

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RESULTS Stands with Female Senators in Support of Grameen Bank

June 28, 2012 — Yesterday, all 17 female members of the United States Senate released a letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh expressing their strong support for preserving the autonomy of the Grameen Bank, which provides credit and other critical services to more than 8.3 million of the poorest women in Bangladesh, and is 97 percent owned by these women borrowers.

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Saving the Other Half: How the World Can End Preventable Child Deaths

Thirty years ago, when UNICEF launched its “Child Survival Revolution,” 14 million children under the age of five died every year around the world. Today, after three decades of leadership, innovation, and hard work, that grim number has been cut in half. This progress must strengthen our resolve to do more, faster, because today we have more and better tools, and saving the other half is now possible.

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RESULTS Applauds Nomination of Dr. Jim Kim to Lead World Bank

Joanne Carter, Executive Director of RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund, issued the following statement in support of Jim Kim's nomination to Lead the World Bank by President Obama on March 23, 2012: 

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RESULTS Mourns the Death of Rep. Donald Payne

Joanne Carter, Executive Director of RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund, issued the following statement:

RESULTS is saddened to learn of the death of Representative Donald Payne, who was a true champion for global health and fighting poverty, particularly in Africa.As chair and ranking member of the Africa and Global Health Subcommittee, Rep. Payne was an outspoken advocate in the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and other diseases of poverty. His bold leadership was particularly instrumental in increasing funding to combat tuberculosis, the leading killer of people living with HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Transcript: Global Fund 10th Anniversary Media Conference Call

Transcript of the Global Fund 10th Anniversary media conference call. The call featured Joanne Carter, executive director of RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund; Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Minister of Health in Ethiopia; and Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University.

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10 Years On, Funding Crisis Threatens the Global Fund’s Effort to End AIDS

On January 28, 2012, the world marks the 10-year anniversary of the launch of the most successful global health effort in history — The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Nearly eight million lives have been saved through Global Fund investments to-date, and even greater progress is on the horizon, thanks to recent scientific breakthroughs and the achievements of the last decade.

Against the backdrop of success and future promise, however, the Global Fund’s mission is in jeopardy. During the economic downturn that may only now be coming to an end, a number of wealthy countries either cut their pledges to the Global Fund or have failed to deliver the money they promised. Without the necessary resources in hand, the Global Fund was forced to announce on November 23, 2011 — a mere week before World AIDS Day — that it was cancelling its next round of grant-making (Round 11) and would stop making new grants for at least two years.

To understand just how damaging and ironic this stoppage is, we must go back in time a decade to the Global Fund’s creation.

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World Aids Day Statement from Joanne Carter, Executive Director of RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund

President Obama made a significant commitment to dramatically increase anti-retroviral treatment through U.S. programs by 2013. This is a crucial step towards ending AIDS. Read RESULTS Educational Fund Executive Director Joanne Carter’s statement on what this new target means for an “AIDS free generation” and why it is equally important to fully fund the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria.

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REF Executive Director Joanne Carter Responds to Financial Crisis at the Global Fund

November 23, 2011 — As a consequence of unfulfilled commitments from donor governments, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is facing a massive financial crisis. In response, at the Global Fund’s 25th meeting of the Board on November 20, the Board cancelled all plans for new grant-making effective immediately until 2014. The Board also announced that it does not have enough funding to support some recently approved grants. The Global Fund is the largest international funder for tuberculosis and malaria programs, and the second-largest international funder for HIV/AIDS programs, providing life-saving services to millions of people around the world.

 

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2011 World AIDS Day Editorial Packet

A global conversation is beginning about the possibility of the end of AIDS. December 1, World AIDS Day, is the ideal time for RESULTS advocates to help deepen the conversation through our latest editorial packet.  

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Sir Fazle Hasan Abed wins world’s largest education prize in Qatar

In recognition of his outstanding work in the field of education, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, founder and chairperson of BRAC, has won the $500,000 WISE Prize for Education in Doha, Qatar. The Emir of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, awarded the prize to Abed, who in 1972 founded what has gone on to become the world’s largest development organization.

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Vaccines Against Major Diseases to Reach 37 More Countries

The GAVI Alliance today announced it will provide funding for 16 more developing countries to introduce rotavirus vaccines and 18 more countries to introduce pneumococcal vaccines — a major step towards protecting children against severe diarrhoea and pneumonia — the two leading child killers.

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Education Editorial Packet

Back to School Time — But Not If You’re a Girl in Mali

There are 34.7 million elementary school children in the U.S. getting ready to go back to school in August and September.[1] But around the world, the reality is that nearly double that number — 67 million — won’t go to school at all; the majority of these children are girls. Unless more effective policies are implemented and there is greater international support, 72 million children may still be out of school by 2015 — more than in 2008. Millions more will receive a poor-quality education and not be able to read, write, or count. We must do our part to ensure the poorest and hardest-to-reach children — especially girls — can go to school and learn.


* On August 24, 2011, the Fast Track Initiative (FTI) officially changed its name to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). The change will be announced on September 21 at the UN General Assembly.

[1] National Center for Education Statistics. http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=65

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Millions of girls in poor countries have only a 50/50 chance of finishing primary education

New report highlights countries failing to get female children into school

Millions of girls are being forced out of school because of poverty, the threat of sexual violence and poor-quality schools — despite improved enrolment rates, according to a new report released today by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) and RESULTS.

The report calls for governments and international financial institutions to redress the balance and give girls a fair deal. In the last decade more girls have been able to start school but they remain more likely than boys to be forced out again. In some parts of the world only one girl in ten will complete primary school.

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RESULTS Executive Director Joanne Carter Makes Statement In Response to Historic GAVI U.S. Pledge

Joanne Carter, executive director of RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund, released the following statement in response to the announcement that the United States will commit $450 million over the next three years to the GAVI Alliance:

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U.S. can help save more than 4 million children through global vaccination pledge

Thanks to two new vaccines that can provide immunity from pneumococcal disease (the main cause of pneumonia) and rotavirus (the leading cause of severe, dehydrating diarrhea), we have the opportunity to prevent the deaths of 4.2 million children worldwide by 2015. Getting those vaccinations to the children who need them, however, will require a U.S. contribution of at least $450 million over the next 3 years to the GAVI Alliance, a global partnership to improve access to new and underused vaccines.

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Film Chronicling Poverty and Efforts to Provide Credit to America’s Unbanked Opens Today

RESULTS groups in 35 cities and towns across the United States are hosting events for the release of Gayle Ferraro’s historic documentary To Catch A Dollar: Muhammad Yunus Banks on America. The film, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, chronicles the inspiring, logic-defying, yet true story of RESULTS Board Member Muhammad Yunus’ idea to bring his model of microlending to the United States and depicts the millions of lives it has changed in the process.

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Groundbreaking Film on Efforts to Provide Credit to America’s Unbanked Screening in 250 Cities

RESULTS chapters in over 25 communities across the country are helping to host local screenings of the Sundance documentary To Catch a Dollar: Muhammad Yunus Banks on America on March 31. The film chronicles the inspiring, logic-defying, yet true story of RESULTS Board member Yunus’ idea to bring his model of microlending to the United States and depicts the millions of lives it has changed in the process. Along with partners like Operation Hope and Dress for Success, and more traditional microcredit networks like the Association for Enterprise Opportunity and Grameen America, RESULTS is bringing attention to the struggles of those living in poverty in America and highlighting innovative asset-building policies that can break the cycle of poverty.

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Congress Expresses Support for Yunus, Concern for Independence of Grameen Bank

Washington, DC (March 15, 2011) — Congressional leaders in the Senate and House of Representatives expressed concern over efforts by the government of Bangladesh to oust Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus from his position as managing director of Grameen Bank. Today the Bangladeshi Supreme Court opted for a two week delay on a decision whether to hear Professor Yunus’ appeal of the government’s action to remove him. 

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Cuts That Kill Editorial Packet

We’ve been receiving some great media from the U.S. and around the world in step with RESULTS Executive Director Joanne Carter’s Huffington Post article “Cuts That Kill,” calling for Congress not to cut essential foreign aid spending. See the editorial packet (pdf).

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Standing with Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank

Today the leadership of RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund and the Microcredit Summit Campaign expressed concern and alarm over reports that the government of Bangladesh had forced Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus to step down as managing director of Grameen Bank. Prof. Yunus has vowed to stay on as managing director, noting that only the board of Grameen Bank is empowered to remove him.

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Congress Should Uphold Bipartisan Legacy on HIV/AIDS and Global Health

As we approach this World AIDS Day on December 1, our country is politically divided. Economic crisis, disagreement on policies, electoral politics, and historic distrust have pitted the two major parties against one another. A survey of the post-election commentary shows each party paying lip service to bipartisanship, but few concrete proposals for cooperation have yet emerged. Recommitting the United States to a leadership role in global health is an issue that is ripe for such cooperation across the aisle.

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Global Fund Replenishment Meeting Ends with Massive Funding Shortfall; Lives Hang in the Balance

At the conclusion replenishment meeting of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria today in New York, donors fell far short of investing the $20 billion needed to fully fund the fight against the three pandemics. Instead of the doubling of funding commitments needed to accelerate HIV, TB and malaria program scal-up, countries announced initial increases averaging approximately 25 percent — or, in the case of some donors, did not pledge at all. This shortfall, unless corrected, will mean that the Global Fund will have to reject high quality country proposals, and dramatically slow down the pace of scaling up.

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Dr. Muhammad Yunus awarded the Congressional Gold Medal

The passage of this bill is truly an amazing accomplishment for our grassroots volunteers! We had a long way to go as we were the only activists working on the bill, which had to meet the extremely high threshold of securing two-thirds of each chamber — 67 senators and 290 representatives — as cosponsors; but in fact, our volunteers got 296 representatives!

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World Bank Corrects Course with $750 Million to Education

On the heels of RESULTS Educational Fund’s latest report, World Bank Financing for Education: Less or More for the Poor in IDA 16?, the World Bank today announced $750 million in additional investments in education. While a definite step in the right direction, we’re still pushing for these funds to be frontloaded — spent over the next three years as opposed to five — and also given as grants rather than loans. The announcement was made during an event at the Millennium Development Goal Summit in New York City, where it is hoped that other donors will follow suit and increase their investments toward achieving universal primary education by 2015.

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Global Fund Media Clips

In preparation for the 2010 MDG Summit and the Global Fund Replenishment Conference, RESULTS along with our amazing grassroots volunteers embarked on a media campaign to support a U.S. pledge of $6 billion over 3 years, 2011–2013. We have submitted editorials, letters to the editor, and op-eds on this issue and made an incredible impact. Read more to download a PDF of all the news clips we generated.

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Obama Pledge to Global Fund Can Bring Millennium Goals Within Reach

In a speech before the United Nations General Assembly last September, President Obama declared, “We will support the Millennium Development Goals, and approach next year's summit with a global plan to make them a reality.” As the time approaches to present that plan, a substantial, multi-year pledge to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria is essential for achieving the 2015 MDGs related to global health. To continue the work of life-saving programs and to accelerate the progress against these killer diseases, the United States must commit to contributing $6 billion to the Global Fund over a three-year period beginning in 2012. Download the full document here in MS Word.

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Transcript: Education for All Act National Media Call

Conference call featuring Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY); Joanna Kuebler, director of the Global Campaign for Education (U.S.); and Joanne Carter, executive director of RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund.

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Transcript: World TB Day National Media Call

Transcript of 2010 World TB Day national media call. The call featured Joanne Carter, executive director of RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund; Mario Raviglione, director of the WHO Stop TB Department; Kenneth Castro, director of the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and Gerald Friedland, professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Public Health at Yale University School of Medicine.

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Transcript: World TB Day California Media Call

Conference call for California journalists featuring Dr. Ernesto Jaramillo, Dr. James Watt, Dr. Frank Alvarez, and former TB patient Rachel Orduno

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Dr. Joanne Carter, executive director of RESULTS, testifies before House Foreign Affairs Committee

Washington (March 11, 2010) — Dr. Joanne Carter, executive director of RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund, made the following statement before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health about the need to increase Global AIDS funding over President Obama’s budget request.

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Join RESULTS at Marianne Williamson’s Sister Giant Conference This Weekend

RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund Board Member Marianne Williamson is organizing a three day Sister Giant conference February 26–28, 2010, in Los Angeles to empower women to be major players in changing the world. Day number three will focus on engaging participant in RESULTS.

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Recipients of Presidential Medal of Freedom Urge Obama to Create Global Fund for Education

What do a banker to the poor, a former president, and a religious leader have in common? They are among the first recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama — and they have all called for the creation of a Global Fund for Education.

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Muhammad Yunus to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund extend heartfelt congratulations to Professor Muhammad Yunus, founder and managing director of the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh and longtime RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund board member, on the announcement that he will be awarded the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom. The White House made public yesterday that Professor Yunus will be one of the sixteen recipients of the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. Professor Yunus will receive the award from President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony on August 12, 2009.

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Guardian: Desmond Tutu asks G8 leaders to get world’s children into school

Nobel laureate implores Gordon Brown and Barack Obama ahead of G8 summit to create new global fund for education by end of 2009.

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Voice of America: G8 Asked to Create Global Education Fund

Nobel laureates and leading human rights activists issued a call for the creation of a Global Fund for Education. They say hundreds of millions of young children and adolescents are unable to attend school and about 770-million adults remain illiterate.

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Transcript: Global Fund for Education Conference Call with Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Transcript of call with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Desmond Bermingham calling on G8 to establish a Global Fund for Education

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Mary Robinson, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Professor Muhammad Yunus Call on Leaders of G8 Countries

WASHINGTON, DC (June 30, 2009) — In an open letter sent today to the leaders of all G8 countries, Desmond M. Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town; Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland; and Professor Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank, called on G8 heads of state to renew their commitment to the world’s children. The authors of the letter specifically asked the leaders to announce an agreement on the creation of a Global Fund for Education (GFE) at the G8 Summit, which will be held July 8–10 in L’Aquila, Italy.

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Press Brief: Obama Must Make Good on Commitment to Global Fund for Education

Press brief detailing why it is critical that President Obama lead the charge for primary education worldwide.

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Forbes.com: Congress’ Chance To Change The IMF

Op-ed by RESULTS Executive Director Joanne Carter and Peter Bujari, executive director of the Human Development Trust in Tanzania.

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Inter Press Service: NGOs Oppose Nearly $100 Billion Pledge to IMF

A broad coalition of civil society groups, as well as some U.S. lawmakers, is fighting what they call a “blank cheque” from the U.S. to expand funding for the International Monetary Fund.

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Chronicle of Philanthropy: Global-Health Groups Upset by President’s Budget Proposal

President Obama’s proposal to spend $8.6-billion next year on what he dubbed a “new, comprehensive global-health strategy” has drawn ire from some global-health charities, which say he has requested far less to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria than he had previously pledged.

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Evaluation Shows World Bank Is Failing on Health

Washington, DC (May 6, 2009) — The Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) of the World Bank today released a report on the last decade of the Bank's programming on health, nutrition, and population that shows a vast majority of the Bank's health programs in Africa are failing to deliver.

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Reuters: Watchdog gives World Bank a mixed review on health

The World Bank’s internal watchdog group on April 30, 2009, gave the poverty-fighting agency a mixed review for its efforts to improve health in poor countries and gave it low marks for its work in Africa.

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Observer: Can the IMF Now Feed the World?

The London G20 summit tripled the resources of the International Monetary Fund and made it a major force again, responsible for saving national economies hit by the global crash. But given its recent track record, will its policies do more harm than good?

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Transcript: Big Read Media Call

Media call conducted in concert with the Global Fund for Education on April 21, 2009, announcing the Big Read, with Owain James, Oxfam, UK; Angelique Kidjo, founder, Batonga Foundation; Assibi Napoe, Chief Regional Coordinator, Education International; and Ishmael Beah, former Sierra Leonean child soldier.

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Huffington Post: Jordan’s Queen Rania, Congresswoman Nita Lowey Launch “The Big Read”

Queen Rania of Jordan joined other leading education advocates Congresswoman Nita Lowey and Counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury Gene Sperling to launch “The Big Read” as part of Global Campaign for Education's global action week calling for quality basic education for all children.

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World TB Day 2009 Editorial Packet

Impoverished people in developing countries share no blame in the current financial crisis, but they are the ones who could bear the consequences perhaps with their lives — of mistakes made by Wall Street investors.

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RESULTS Commends Reauthorization of Children’s Health Bill

Washington, DC (February 4, 2009) — RESULTS Educational Fund today commended the United States Congress and President Barack Obama for reauthorizing the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP): legislation that provides healthcare for millions of the nation's uninsured children.

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More Than 100 Million of World’s Poorest Benefit from Microcredit

New York, NY (January 26, 2009) — More than 106 million of the world’s poorest families received a microloan in 2007, surpassing a goal set ten years earlier, according to a report released today by the Microcredit Summit Campaign.

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Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus Makes Major Announcement about Microcredit Summit Goal

Washington, DC (January 12, 2009) — Media Advisory: On January 26, 2009, the Microcredit Summit Campaign will release the State of the Microcredit Summit Campaign Report 2009, with a major announcement.

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World AIDS Day 2008 Editorial Packet: Fighting AIDS Means Fighting TB

President-elect Obama must ensure that the five-year, $48 billion Lantos-Hyde Act that he helped pass as a senator this summer is fully funded, allowing the reauthorization of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), as well as programs for TB and malaria.

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Presidential candidates pledge to fight tuberculosis

Washington, DC (October 7, 2008) — Both major presidential candidates issued statements last week pledging to fight tuberculosis globally by funding treatment and prevention efforts.

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Presidential candidates urged to tackle global TB

Washington, DC (October 3, 2008) — Global health experts and activists have joined together to call on the next U.S. president to develop a global initiative to fight tuberculosis (TB).

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Clinton Global Initiative Highlights RESULTS/REF Commitment on Universal Basic Education

Washington, DC (September 26, 2008) — The RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund (REF) is very pleased to announce the selection of our Accelerating Universal Basic Education commitment at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).

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Presidential candidates call for new efforts to fight global poverty

Washington, DC (September 25, 2008) — Both major presidential candidates voiced their support for development initiatives critical to tackling poverty worldwide in their separate addresses to the Clinton Global Initiative.

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Press Briefing Via Conference Call on Adapting U.S. Foreign Policy to Meet Global Poverty Goals

Washington, DC (September 17, 2008) — Media Advisory: On September 25, world leaders will gather at the United Nations for a high-level event convened by the Secretary-General and the President of the UN General Assembly to re-commit to achieving the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

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Reforming Foreign Aid

Providing assistance to poor countries has helped the U.S. build positive relationships with other nations and demonstrates the best aspects of U.S. engagement on the world stage. When invested wisely, foreign aid both reflects American values of compassion and justice and serves our national interest in a stable, peaceful world.

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