Aaron Oxley is the Executive Director of RESULTS UK, a grassroots advocacy organization based in the UK that generates the public and political will to end the root causes of hunger and poverty in the developing world.
Since 1998, Aaron has worked with RESULTS UK in both the UK and European Parliaments, with partner organizations, and technical agencies orchestrating UK and international campaigns to tackle major diseases of poverty (particularly tuberculosis (TB) and major child killers), for increased access to education (including the abolition of school fees), expand economic opportunity for the poorest, and on World Bank policies.
Aaron has led RESULTS UK's strategic involvement with the ACTION Global Health Advocacy partnership, a multi-partner, multi-year campaign that has successfully mobilized increased financial resources from the U.S., UK, Japan, and Canada, and has helped overcome key policy constraints in India and Kenya for the expansion of effective TB treatment and other health interventions.
An international expert and spokesperson on global poverty issues, Aaron works closely with the World Health Organization, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, The Global Alliance on Vaccines and Immunizations, the Global Partnership for Education, and other international organizations.
Aaron Oxley holds a Masters in Global Politics from the London School of Economics. He has a decade of experience in building microfinance and microinsurance organizations in developing countries to provide financial services to people in some of the poorest communities in the world.
Why TB is included in the AMR review is clear: over the last few decades TB has been quietly transforming itself into new strains of drug resistant TB (DR-TB). DR-TB causes an astounding 500 deaths a day and can't be cured with normal TB drugs.
One of the things I love about my job is that I get to be optimistic every day. That's because I, and my colleagues working in international development, look at the problems of the world that are rooted in poverty and inequality, and refuse to accept that the world is not smart enough or rich enough to defeat them.
This week we should celebrate these announcements and progress on nutrition. Thanks to commitments made at Nutrition for Growth in 2013 being met, and with the opportunities presented by the Financing for Development conference, we can ensure the good news for nutrition keeps coming in the months and years to come.
In the UK this has been a week of big promises. With the general election just around the corner, we saw the launch of the manifestos of all three major political parties setting out what they will do to make life better if they are elected...
It is sadly true that one of the biggest and most neglected challenges facing the global community is still malnutrition, specifically undernutrition. It affects more people than any single disease and is an underlying cause of nearly half of all child deaths. In the global fight to end suffering and reduce poverty, tackling undernutrition will have a significant and lasting impact.
HIV, TB and malaria are three of the deadliest diseases in human history. Even today, in the 21st Century, they still claim more than three million lives a year and afflict the health of hundreds of millions of others.
So where in the world can you find the highest rates of drug-resistant tuberculosis? I'll give you a clue - it also happens to be one of only two regions in the world where the number of new HIV cases continues to rise every year. It's not Africa. It's not South America or even Asia. It's the European region.
HIV/Aids is no longer the death sentence it once was. But while millions of HIV positive people lead healthy and productive lives, we still have nine million people who still cannot access treatment. We also have a long way to go on preventing new infections.
This year on World TB Day, the news that the <a href="http://www.theglobalfund.org/en/" target="_hplink">Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria</a> no longer has the resources to continue expanding its work is catastrophic for the 3,800 people dying every day from TB and for 33.4 million people living with HIV for whom TB is the leading cause of death.
23/03/2012 23:12 GMT
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