At government hearings, Australian NGOs get harsh reception

“Given that it is the first week back in parliament, now is time to put ourselves in front of critically the Australian Labor Party, Greens and the crossbenchers,” Nutt explained to Devex. “Our position is to recommend for a dumping of legislation as it is currently drafted because there are just too many things that are too major — and it needs major work.”

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Charities Warn Australia’s Foreign Donation Laws Will Strangle 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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Despite progress made in polio eradication, initiative phaseout poses threat to at-risk countries

“Rethinking how to achieve global health goals, such as universal immunization, can be daunting, especially when restricted within large global programs and financing mechanisms,” Laura Kerr, LLM, a policy advocacy officer for child health at RESULTS UK, and Leila Stennett, campaigns director at RESULTS Australia, wrote. “Yet the scale of the wind down of the [Global Polio Eradication Initiative] partnership is something that has never happened before.”

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Risks and opportunities as funding for polio disappears with the disease

The dissolution of a partnership the size of GPEI is unprecedented. GPEI investments have supported polio vaccinations, trained and supported human resources, as well as provided technical programmatic support. These investments have had an impact well beyond polio eradication in many countries, supporting routine immunisation systems and allowing for other health services to be delivered. The risk now is that when GPEI activities come to a close, these services will also be affected, leaving significant gaps, especially for existing essential immunisation services. A telling example is that 70% of global vaccine-preventable surveillance funding comes from GPEI.

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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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