Aid Organisation Friday – Malaria No More UK

Who? Malaria No More UK.

When and how did they get started? Malaria No More got its start in the United States in 2006 with the aim of ending deaths caused by malaria in Africa by 2015. Out of that effort, Malaria No More UK was founded in 2008 in order to raise public awareness of the devastating influence of malaria in Africa and to strengthen political and financial support in the UK for the fight against malaria. (History)

What is their focus? Malaria No More UK’s primary aim is to end suffering and deaths caused by malaria in Africa by 2015. In order to achieve this goal “Malaria No More UK works with governments, the private sector, faith groups and the British public to raise vital funds and awareness to support projects in Sub Saharan Africa to help make malaria no more” (About). Malaria No More UK supports efforts to prevent, diagnose, and treat malaria in Africa and have raised fund to distribute mosquito nets throughout countries such as Ghana, Botswana, and Namibia to help protect over five million people from malaria (History).

What can I do to get involved? The best way to get involved in the work of Malaria No More UK is to donate. £5 is all that’s needed to buy, deliver, and hang a mosquito net in the house of an African family, which will protect two people from malaria. Malaria No More UK has a few suggestions for raising funds in support of ending malaria and providing malaria nets in Africa. One of these is to Live Below the Line in support of Malaria No More UK and take the challenge to feed yourself on £1 per day for 5 days. This not only provides the opportunity for people to sponsor you as you take on such a great challenge, but also provides great insight into what life is like for 1.4 billion people living in extreme poverty worldwide. Another fundraising option is to challenge yourself by skydiving, marathon running, or other active challenges. And, as always, using your voice to speak out to your local MPs and government officials about the devastating effects of malaria on the world’s poorest and encourage their continued support.


Aid Organisation Fridays – The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

It’s been two weeks (or three?) since my last Aid Organisation post and I still haven’t shared a word about the Global Poverty Ambassador training, which was now a month ago. I openly confess my blogger failings, although not without my excuses! I’ve been busy campaigning this month to ensure that the UK government maintains its commitment to spending 0.7% of the gross national income on international aid. The budget came out on Wednesday and I’m happy to report that our efforts paid off and, to borrow from Andrew Mitchell’s statement from earlier in the year, the books have not been balanced on the backs of the world’s poorest! I could go on for ages about the amazing progress that has been made from spending on international aid, but for now it’s time to focus on one specific aid organisation.

Tomorrow, March 24th, is World Tuberculosis (TB) Day so it seems fitting to take a look at The Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Who? The Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

When and how did they get started? The Global Fund began as a series of discussions in the late 1990s about developments in the effective prevention and treatment of AIDS, TB, and malaria. Global leaders and public health officials were grappling with the devastating impact HIV/AIDS had in parts of Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia and searching for ways to make lifesaving drugs accessible to those who needed them most, but for whom these medications had been priced out of reach. A solution was sought to find ways to reduce the cost of essential medicines and to increase public spending so that treatment and prevention of these three diseases became globally accessible. At the 2000 G8 meeting in Japan, leaders acknowledged the need for greater resources and in 2001, at an African leaders summit in Nigeria, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan called for the creation of a global fund to channel those resources. In 2002 The Global Fund was created and approved its first round of grants to 36 countries. (History)

What is their focus? Quite simply, the vision of The Global Fund is “a world free from the burden of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria” (Who We Are). In order to make their vision a reality The Global Fund strategically invests money by providing grants for country based programs that aim to prevent and treat AIDS, TB, and malaria. The Global Fund has been recognised for its leadership in transparency and accountability by investing only in programs with demonstrated results and monitoring those programs to ensure they are meeting agreed targets. By ensuring that grants are only provided for programs that will make the best use of the funds, The Global Fund has significantly changed the course of AIDS, TB, and malaria and has saved an estimated 7.7 million lives in 150 countries. (Who We Are)

What can I do to get involved? The primary way to assist The Global Fund in the fight against AIDS, TB, and malaria is to donate. However, The Global Fund is currently asking donor countries to increase their support for the Fund so that it can continue its vital work. I encourage you to take a few minutes to write to your MP, explain the importance of the Fund and its incredible impact on development (let them know that the Fund currently saves 3600 lives every day!), ask for their support, and then ask them to send along your letter to Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell (in the UK), or to the MInister of International Cooperation, Honourable Beverly J. Oda (in Canada) asking them to increase national funding for The Global Fund.

Aid Organisation Fridays – (RED)

I said I would share a little bit about the absolutely amazing Global Poverty Ambassador training weekend and I will, but first up is this week’s Aid Organisation, (RED).

Who? (RED).

When and how did they get started? (RED) was launched in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shriver. Like ONE, (RED) grew out of DATA (Debt, Aid, Trade, Africa) and the realisation that the public sector had given more than $5 billion USD to The Global Fund over four years while the private sector had only given around $5 million in the same amount of time. And so, (RED) was developed as a way of generating sustainable cash flow for The Global Fund from the private sector. Since its launch, (RED) has generated $175 million USD for the Global Fund by getting large corporations such as Apple, GAP, and Starbucks to designate selected products as (RED) products and donate up to 50% of the profits made from the sale of those products. Simply put, if you purchase something that has the (RED) logo on it a certain portion of the sale of that product goes directly to The Global Fund. (FAQ)

What is their focus? (RED)’s primary goal is to see an AIDS free generation by 2015 and comes alongside the Millenium Development Goal to combat HIV/AIDS. To help achieve this goal (RED) uses money from the private sector to fund The Global Fund, an organisation that saves 4000 lives every day from the devastating effects of AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria (more on their amazing work next week). (RED) recognises the power of our consumer culture to make a difference in the lives of the world’s poorest and aims to get people choosing products that will ultimately benefit those living in extreme poverty by providing funds to fight against AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, diseases that keep many people in chronic poverty.

What can I do to get involved? The easiest way to get involved is to look for those products that are labeled (RED) when purchasing items that you would have purchased anyway. You can also add your voice to the fight against AIDS by making a pledge to do more to eradicate AIDS and creating your own panel to add to the (2015)Quilt. Such simple ways to get involved and see “the beginning of the end of AIDS”!

Aid Organisation Fridays – ONE

Tomorrow I’m off for a full weekend of Global Poverty Ambassador training, which is hugely exciting! I’ll share more about that after the weekend, but in the meantime check out this week’s aid organisation!

Who? ONE.

When and how did they get started? ONE was officially launched in 2008, but its history goes back to 2002 and the founding of DATA, which stands for debt, AIDS, trade Africa. Starting in 2002, DATA worked to lobby governments of developed countries to fight extreme poverty by focusing on debt relief, AIDS, unfair trade rules. In 2004 DATA joined with Bread for the World Institute, CARE USA, International Medical Corps, International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, Oxfam America, Plan USA, Save the Children, World Concern, and World Vision to form ONE a non-partisan campaign to mobilise Americans to fight extreme poverty and preventable disease. In 2007 DATA merged with ONE in order to work on a global scale to end extreme poverty and in January 2008 ONE international was officially launched. ONE is famously supported by Bono, who cofounded the organisation and sits on the board of directors. (ONE History).

What is their focus? “ONE’s mission is to fight extreme poverty and preventable disease in the poorest places on the planet, particularly in Africa” (Frequently Asked Questions). ONE campaigns to hold world leaders accountable to their commitments to fight extreme poverty and works for better policies and more effective aid. They also work with African leaders “to support greater democracy, accountability and transparency in how these resources are deployed” (Frequently Asked Questions). ONE states, “we aren’t asking for your money, we’re asking for your voice” and uses the voices of over 2 million people world wide to speak out against injustice and take part in ONE’s various campaigns.

What can I do to get involved? ONE currently has two specific campaigns to which you lend your voice! The Trillion Dollar Scandal is a letter writing campaign asking world leaders to uphold laws that require oil, gas, and mining companies to publish their payments to foreign governments so that the money paid does not end up in the pockets of corrupt officials and can be used to provide vital services such as infrastructure, schools, and health clinics.

Take Action Against Hunger is another letter writing campaign asking African leaders to commit to specific actions so that the horrors of the recent famine in the Horn of Africa will never take place again. As it says in the video, “Drought is an act of nature. Famine is man made.”

Protect Canada’s Aid Budget is also a letter writing campaign urging Prime Minister Stephen Harper to maintain Canada’s critical international development funding despite the pressure to make cuts during these difficult economic times. This campaign is currently at 97% towards its goal of 20,000 letters so lend your voice!

Stop Vulture Funds Preying From Jersey is a petition asking the UK district of Jersey to stop vulture funds from buying up cheap developing country debts and then suing through their court system to make massive profits. Laws against this practise have been passed throughout the rest of the UK, but do not yet apply in Jersey.

Another way to get involved is to simply read Living Proof, which shares numerous success stories from developing countries and is an amazing testament to the progress that is being made!