Here at RESULTS Australia, we’re focused on empowering passionate everyday people to use their voice to help end global poverty. That includes keeping in mind the health and safety of everyone in our RESULTS community. Your health and safety are our top priority, and we encourage you to stay cautious and diligent during these times of uncertainty.

Particularly as an organisation advocating for more action on global health issues, we know how important it is to be proactive. We want to ensure that we are doing our bit to protect the health of everyone, but particularly those more vulnerable to the virus in our community.

In light of this, we made the decision to cancel our World TB Day event at Parliament House which was due to take place on Tuesday, 24 March. The health and safety of those attending was at the forefront of our minds, and we want to limit travel for all involved. However, we will be continuing with our light up for TB activities and promotions online and in the media.

We are also committed to ensuring that our staff are taking precautionary measures to stay safe and healthy. This means staff are working from home at the moment, but are still reachable by phone and email.

Despite these amended working conditions, we know our work is more essential than ever to ensure that the world’s poorest and those at the margins are not neglected in policies and rhetoric around COVID-19. Whether it’s new emergencies like this one or ongoing emergencies like severe malnutrition, preventable child deaths, and tuberculosis, we know that they require:

  • strong health care delivery systems that reach everyone;
  • an approach grounded in equity and human rights, not stigma and division; and
  • a long-sighted investment in strengthening global health security while addressing short-term needs.

Historically, we have seen how partnerships and solidarity have overcome global health challenges. When the world has come together to prioritise the health of everyone, we’ve seen what’s possible. Partnerships like the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, save lives by bringing together the world’s resources to reach everyone. But as this new virus makes clear, we still have much more to do.

Now is the time to be even more ambitious in our investment, our focus, and our commitment to ending global poverty. All while staying in our own homes.