In Australia, New Bill Has Charities Fearing a War on Advocacy

December 7 was meant to be a day of celebration in Parliament House with legislation finally passing in support of marriage equality. But for Australia’s NGOs, celebrations were muted with the release of a bill with stiff new rules for charities working abroad. For RESULTS Australia chief executive officer, Maree Nutt, there was deep concern for what the legislation would mean for her organization which is reliant on international funding and support to educate parliamentarians on a range of global issues including immunization, tuberculosis, nutrition, and education.

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The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is Winding Down. What are the Risks?

As global polio programs enter the final stages of eradication activities, with certification expected in the next three years, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, or GPEI, is beginning the process of winding down its activities and will eventually cease to exist. “In the last year, we have built cross-party groups of One Last Push champions, both in the U.K. and Australia,” Leila Stennett, campaigns director at RESULTS Australia, told Devex.

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Global Health Warning Over Challenges Facing Countries “In Transition”

Many low-income countries face significant challenges to their capacity to fund priority health areas in the next five years, according to a new report. The report, Progress in Peril? The changing landscape of global health financing, says in the next five years at least 24 low-income countries are facing a “transition” period when they will lose external financing, often from multiple sources, because their economies have grown.

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Working to Support TB’s Youngest and Most Vulnerable

But TB is an airborne, bacterial illness and the risk of contracting it increases with crowded living conditions, malnutrition and other infections such as HIV. All of this is complicated by emerging drug-resistant forms of the disease which are costlier and more complicated to treat. While TB rates are falling around the world this is not happening as quickly as for other major illnesses, and the Asia-Pacific carries over 60% of the world’s TB burden.

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