When my gorgeous boy had just turned 4 years old he became seriously ill with an unexplained virus. After many tests it was concluded that he had suffered a severe reaction to the STREP virus and when his antibodies tried to attack the virus, they also attacked his brain. Overnight my son started to experience a number of vocal and physical tics and some autistic behavioural traits.
At ONE, we're working very hard to urge all governments to do their part. The good news for the UK is that others are stepping up, so the UK's share of the cost can fall a little. For a contribution of £1.2 billion over the next five years, averaging just £8 per year for each UK taxpayer, British support could save 1.5 million lives. What can be the argument for doing less?
Some years ago when I was living and working in rural Uganda I got malaria. As I took the long bus journey to the hospital, shivering and sweating, I was asking myself would I get there in time? Would the local hospital have the right treatment available for me? Why hadn't I been able to prevent myself getting malaria?
The twisted wreckage of an ambulance is displayed at Al Shifa Hospital - the largest hospital in Gaza - by way of memorial to three paramedics who died in the recent conflict. At Al Aqsa Hospital there are gaping holes in the outside walls where paramedics tell me the building was hit. Several ambulances still operating have bullet holes in the windscreens.
Climate change will not be tamed whilst the world is in the grip of capitalism gone mad. The profit motive has become greater than the need to save ourselves. Not all growth is good and we must stop believing it is.
Now is not a time for excuses, now is a time for action. The very fact we are in the midst of a crisis on this scale is proof that the international community has not yet done enough. This epidemic can, and must, be overcome. But the question now is how many more will have to die before it is, how many of those tragic deaths could have been avoided.
So what just happened is that on 16 October the researchers behind the PROUD trial, in which 545 gay men in England were given daily pills of the anti-HIV medicine Truvada(R) either immediately or after a year's delay, announced that what had been intended as a mere pilot study had been so dramatically successful that they were offering all participants immediate PrEP...
Businesswomen in developing countries face countless barriers on their path to economic and social empowerment. However, SMS on mobile phones can literally transform lives as it is a cost effective and efficient way to deliver information and skills to women entrepreneurs in rural areas.
On Thursday, Spectrum CIL (previously Southampton Centre for Independent Living) will celebrate its 30th anniversary, and I am delighted to be one of the guest speakers. This has given me an opportunity to ponder the achievements within independent living over the last 30 years.
This potentially fatal condition occurs when the arteries that supply the heart muscle with oxygen become narrowed by a build-up of fatty material potentially leading to blood clots and fatal heart attacks. Risk factors include things like smoking, poor diet and lack of exercise.
Expressing and debating differences of opinion is a welcome part of any healthy democracy. However, it can be hugely frustrating when opponents of a piece of legislation or negotiated agreement manufacture myths in an attempt to stifle debate.
Many ex servicemen and women have found it difficult to get a job and others to support themselves financially. In many cases, they don't have friends or even family to turn to and this has resulted in them becoming homeless. The challenge to get their lives back on track seems impossible and many of them just don't know where to turn.
What is even more alarming is that this type of 'prejudiced' open source information is then stored by software used by banks and other interested parties to monitor charities and assess risks involved with running accounts for them.
Microfinancing is a great example of this development in progress. Funding initiatives are making it easier for Zambians to access small, affordable loans to help them to help themselves. The MicroLoan Foundation for example, which I founded twelve years ago, is committed to helping tackle poverty through encouraging independence, rather than dependence
Executions have surged under President Rouhani, with Iran now having surpassed China in executions per capita. Since Rouhani's ascension to the presidency, 650 people have been executed, with 250 executions in early 2014 alone.
I was part of the team that helped set up a Veterans Artisan Bakery at The Beacon- a flagship veterans support centre - near Catterick Garrison.