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Rejecting policy proposals that threaten programs for low-income Americans

Yesterday the House of Representatives passed a budget resolution that threatens to slash critical anti-poverty programs while fast-tracking massive tax cuts for the wealthy and big corporations.

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READ Act Becomes Law

The READ Act, legislation that will help millions of vulnerable children around the world access a quality education, has been signed into law.

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Statement on the Confirmation of Ambassador Mark Green as Next USAID Administrator

In response to the Senate confirmation of Ambassador Mark Green as the new Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Dr. Joanne Carter, Executive Director of RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund, released the following statement.

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Senate Reintroduces the Reach Every Mother and Child Act

The Senate reintroduced legislation last night that will help pave the way toward the end of preventable child and maternal deaths around the world. The Reach Every Mother and Child (S. 1730) makes sure the U.S. does its part to support countries to reach this ambitious goal.

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Senate Passes READ Act

RESULTS applauds the Senate for passing the READ Act, legislation that will improve the lives of millions of children around the world who don’t have access to a quality education.

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Seattle Times Columnist Wins Media Award

RESULTS is pleased to announce that Jerry Large of The Seattle Times has won the 2017 Cameron Duncan Media Award. 

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Applauding the election of Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as next WHO Director-General

This week the member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) elected Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the new WHO Director-General. Dr. Tedros is the former Minister of Health and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, and he has served as the Chair of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, and the Coordinating Board of UNAIDS. Welcoming Dr. Tedros to this new role, Dr. Joanne Carter, Executive Director of RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund, released the following statement.

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Statement on the Nomination of Ambassador Mark Green as Next USAID Administrator

Ambassador Mark Green is an exceptional candidate for the next leader of USAID. Throughout his career in public service, Ambassador Green has been a champion for U.S. leadership to fight poverty and disease around the world.

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House Passes Devastating Health Care Bill That Guts Medicaid

Today the House of Representatives voted to pass legislation that will kick 24 million people off their health insurance and cut $880 billion from Medicaid. This will end the program as we know it if the bill becomes law.

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White House Budget Proposal Response

By proposing draconian cuts to funding for global development programs through the State Department and USAID, this proposal threatens the futures of millions of people living in poverty all around the world. 

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New Proposals Would Unravel Decades of Progress Against Poverty

The evidence shows what’s possible when we come together to advance the fight against poverty, but right now we face extraordinary threats to our progress, both in the United States and around the world.

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Nominations Open: 2017 Cameron Duncan Awards

RESULTS is pleased to announce that it is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Cameron Duncan Media Award. This award is given each year to a journalist for outstanding reporting on issues related to poverty. The award is named in honor of Cameron Duncan, a former associate executive director of RESULTS who devoted his life to fighting poverty.

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House Passes READ Act

Last week, the House of Representatives passed the READ Act, legislation to improve the lives of children around the world who don’t have access to a quality education.

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Statement by the National Anti-Hunger Organizations

Our organizations, which make up the National Anti-Hunger Organizations, are committed to ensuring a strong and effective national nutrition safety net for vulnerable, low-income individuals and families. With a united voice, we reflect on the hunger problem in America and its solutions as we transition to a new president and a new Congress.

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On World AIDS Day, time to recommit to the fight

Each year on the first of December, World AIDS Day, a red ribbon hangs on the North Portico of the White House to commemorate the 35 million people who have lost their lives to the disease. This year, advocates and public health experts will be hoping the country continues not just that symbolical gesture, but the U.S. commitment to investing in the continued fight against AIDS worldwide.

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The Next U.S. President Should Confront the TB Epidemic Head On

 

Leading organizations respond to new data showing the TB epidemic is even bigger than previously thought.

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RESULTS Board Chair Appointed Co-Chair of Every Woman Every Child Independent Accountability Panel

The Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General has appointed RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund Board Chair Kul Chandra Gautam as a new Co-Chair of the UN Every Woman Every Child Independent Accountability Panel, where he will serve alongside Dr. Carmen Barroso.

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Anti-Poverty Groups Petition Presidential Candidates, Debate Moderator

Today, a coalition of 166 anti-hunger and -poverty groups delivered the names of more than 631,000 voters who want to make ending hunger a top priority in the election to the Trump and Clinton presidential campaigns. 

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Groups Urge Debate Moderators to Push Presidential Candidates on Hunger

A coalition of 165 anti-hunger and -poverty groups is holding a conference call with the media on Monday, September 12 at 12:00 pm ET to discuss their plans to bring hunger and poverty issues into the presidential campaign.

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House Passes Education for All Act

Yesterday the House of Representatives took the critical step of passing the Education for All Act, legislation that will help ensure all children, regardless of where they were born, have access to a quality basic education. The bill passed by voice vote.

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RESULTS Lauds Early U.S. Commitment to Global Fund

The Obama administration announced yesterday that the U.S. is committing up to $4.3 billion through 2019 to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

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RESULTS Welcomes New Board Chair Kul Gautam

The Boards of RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund have tapped distinguished international diplomat and development professional Kul Chandra Gautam as their new Chair. 

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Tampa Bay Times Editorial Editor Wins Media Award

RESULTS is pleased to announce that Tim Nickens of the Tampa Bay Times has won the 2016 Cameron Duncan Media Award. 

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We Can End the World’s Biggest Infectious Killer

The infectious disease that claims the most lives in the world today doesn’t make headlines. It’s a stealth killer that’s been around for thousands of years but still makes nearly 10 million people sick annually. It also happens to be a major cause and consequence of global poverty. 

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Vote To End Hunger Coalition Now 120 Members Strong

Vote to End Hunger, the broad coalition of individuals and organizations all committed to ending hunger in the U.S. and around the world by 2030 announced today that more than 120 national and community based anti-hunger, anti-poverty, and faith based advocacy organizations, businesses, foundations and universities have signed on as partners of the thriving coalition.

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Mourning the Loss of Senator Robert Bennett

Today RESULTS remembers Senator Robert Bennett, a champion for microfinance for the very poor, a former RESULTS board member, and a longtime friend of the organization.

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RESULTS Board Treasurer Receives “Guiding Light” Award

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

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President Obama Issues Historic U.S. Commitment to Combat Multidrug-Resistant TB

The National Action Plan to Combat Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis commits the United States to massively scale up treatment for drug-resistant TB, improve capacity to respond to the epidemic, and accelerate research and development.

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Congress Makes Permanent Crucial Provisions of Pro-Work Tax Credits

Today Congress made permanent critical provisions of pro-work tax credits that lift millions of Americans out of poverty every year.

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Global Plan Aims to End the TB Epidemic

On the heels of new data showing that tuberculosis is now the world’s leading infectious killer, the Stop TB Partnership has set out a new plan to end the global epidemic by 2030.

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Tuberculosis is Now the World’s Leading Infectious Killer

The World Health Organization (WHO) released new data today showing that tuberculosis is now the world’s leading infectious killer. While the report shows incremental progress against the epidemic, better data gathering now proves that the epidemic is even bigger than previously thought.

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New Campaign to Make Poverty a Top Issue in Presidential Election

A coalition of leading advocacy organizations has launched a campaign to urge presidential candidates to focus on ending poverty.

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New Legislation Will Help Reach Every Mother and Child

A new bipartisan bill introduced in the House of Representatives today aims to put a stop to the unnecessary deaths of mothers and children globally.

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Census Data Shows Effectiveness of Pro-Work Tax Credits: Congress Must Act Now

According to the latest data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau, about one in seven Americans (14.8 percent) still lives below the poverty line, but pro-work tax credits helped to move 9.8 million Americans out of poverty in 2014.

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New Data Shows Child Mortality Rates at Historic Low – But Our Work Isn’t Finished

A new UNICEF report released this week shows that while the mortality rate of children under the age of five has fallen by more than half since 1990, much work remains to stop millions of kids dying needlessly each year of preventable and treatable causes.

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New Legislation Paves the Way for the End of Preventable Maternal and Child Deaths

The U.S. Senate introduced new bipartisan legislation today that will help pave the way for the end of preventable maternal and child deaths. Led by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Chris Coons (D-DE), the bill will enshrine important development reforms into law to help stop the needless deaths of mothers and children by 2035.

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Clear Threats and Clear Opportunities on Tuberculosis

This World Tuberculosis Day, South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi launched an unprecedented national campaign against tuberculosis, a leading killer globally and in South Africa. Meanwhile in the United Kingdom, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global TB launched new projections indicating that drug-resistant tuberculosis could account for one in four deaths from antibiotic-resistant infections by 2050.

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Why We Can No Longer Afford Inaction on TB

When doctors and scientists raise the alarm about microbes current medicines can’t cure, many people imagine terrifying new diseases. But new data released for World Tuberculosis (TB) Day show that the poster child for antibiotic resistance isn‘t a mysterious superbug — but an ancient disease we know all too well.

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U.S. Commits $1 Billion over Four Years to Help Save up to Six Million Children’s Lives

With U.S. and other global commitments made at a funding summit today in Berlin, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, exceeded its goal of $7.5 billion and is on track to finance its strategy to vaccinate 300 million more children by 2020, saving up to six million lives.

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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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U.S. Census: More Americans Below Poverty Line in 2007 Than in 2001

Washington, DC (August 26, 2008) — The latest data released by the Census Bureau today show that more Americans are likely to be living in poverty in 2007 than they were at the bottom of the last recession in 2001.

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People Living with HIV Not Being Tested for Tuberculosis

Washington, DC (August 7, 2008) — A mere 1 percent of people living with HIV/AIDS are reported to have been screened for TB, according to the most recent global data available from the World Health Organization.

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President to Sign Historic Global Health Bill

Washington, DC (July 30, 2008) — President George Bush today will sign into law an historic measure to fight global disease.

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New Study Reveals Link Between IMF Loans and Increased TB Rates

Washington, DC (July 21, 2008) — A new study conducted by researchers at Cambridge and Yale Universities shows that tuberculosis incidence and mortality rates in Eastern European and former Soviet countries rose significantly after countries accepted loans from the International Monetary Fund, and dropped after those programs were discontinued.

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