Ahead of the IDA20 replenishment, ACTION partners are calling on World Bank leadership to increase financing within the Human Capital theme, specifically for primary health care (PHC), immunization, nutrition, and early childhood development (ECD).
On October 7, the ACTION Global Health Advocacy Partnership hosted a webinar, Protecting Access to Health for Women + Girls in Afghanistan. Dr. Vineeta Gupta, director of the ACTION secretariat, had the honor of chairing this timely event composed of an incredible all-women panel of experts in the field of peace, health, gender equality, and human rights.
The G20 plays a crucial role in supporting the global fight against hunger and malnutrition in its multiple forms such as undernutrition and obesity. The pandemic has exposed the most vulnerable groups of the population (e.g., children, women, the elderly, internally displaced people, and informal workers in urban contexts) to several forms of food insecurity. In this report published by ACTION and the Istituto Affari Internazionali, we outline six policy proposals that the Italian G20 Presidency should consider.
On Tuesday, May 18, 2021, ACTION Secretariat Director Dr. Vineeta Gupta led a virtual conversation on the magnitude and devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in India and some of the ways the global community can come together to bolster the response to defeat COVID-19 before further spread in Asia, Africa, and rest of the world. The webinar was hosted by ACTION in partnership with RESULTS Educational Fund and COVID SOS.
On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, ACTION Secretariat Director Dr. Vineeta Gupta led a virtual conversation on how policymakers, civil society organizations (CSOs), government officials, and funders can create an integrated, equitable approach to immunization. The webinar was hosted by Gavi CSO Constituency in partnership with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, RESULTS UK, ACTION, and Save the Children UK.
After the success of the Global Vaccine Summit 2020, we turn our attention to Gavi 5.0, which between 2021-2025 will aim to immunise an additional 300 million children with an emphasis of reaching children left furthest behind.
In 2018, 5.3 million children died under the age of five, and almost half of these deaths can be attributed to undernutrition. The world is substantially off-track to meet nutrition goals, and the COVID-19 pandemic only exacerbates this issue. In a vicious cycle, shocks to nutrition will increase vulnerability to illnesses, which, in the long-term, reduce chances to escape poverty cycles and may halt economic growth.
Urgent and scaled-up action, including new and increased financial resources for nutrition, is essential and cannot wait. We must invest in evidence-based and measurable nutrition actions that we know are most cost-effective, save the most lives, and are most sustainable. If we don’t act now, then we miss a key opportunity to transform the lives of millions of children and women and set the world on a different track.