Utah Valley Global Health Group

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RESULTS Meeting this Saturday

Posted by chads on May 6, 2009

This Saturday, May 9, the local Utah Valley RESULTS group will meet at 12 noon at at 2198 JFSB on BYU campus. See here for more about RESULTS. Hope to see you there!

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March 4 RESULTS Meeting

Posted by chads on February 21, 2008

Tuesday, March 4th, 7 p.m., in Provo, Utah. We will have a short movie, Everyday Heroes. Ken Patterson, National Director of Global Campaigns, will conduct the program after that. This will be a great outreach program for you to bring friends who don’t know much about Results and also for all of us to learn more as well. It will be a really wonderful evening to be together with like minded people. Please try to come and bring a few friends. Please RSVP to me at claralynhill@comcast.net. Thanks and we’ll see you there!

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RESULTS Meeting Canceled

Posted by chads on October 25, 2007

Tonight’s RESULTS meeting has been canceled due to an illness.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Posted by chads on August 11, 2007

The Provo RESULTS group will meet today in the social work conference room, 2198 SFSB, on BYU campus. Hope to see you there!

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RESULTS, XDR-TB, and emergencies

Posted by chads on March 11, 2007

We had our monthly RESULTS meeting and teleconference on March 10. The thrust of the discussion was on obtaining funding for “extremely drug resistant tuberculosis”, or XDR-TB. The WHO explains:

MDR-TB (Multidrug Resistant TB) describes strains of tuberculosis that are resistant to at least the two main first-line TB drugs – isoniazid and rifampicin. XDR-TB, or Extensive Drug Resistant TB (also referred to as Extreme Drug Resistance) is MDR-TB that is also resistant to three or more of the six classes of second-line drugs.

The folks at RESULTS urge us to push our elected officials for additional funding for XDR-TB in the “Emergency Defense Supplemental”:

Please continue to urge Congress to support an emergency infusion of resources to help address the XDR-TB (extremely drug resistant TB) emergency. (The continuing resolution did not contain bilateral TB funding in it.) XDR-TB has a very high mortality rate, is especially deadly for those with HIV/AIDS, and threatens to undermine AIDS and TB treatment in southern Africa. The U.S. is also quickly facing the dangers of XDR-TB. When the president sent his Emergency Defense Supplemental request to Congress it contained monies for Avian Flu, which is a theoretical emergency. XDR TB is a REAL emergency.

I wholeheartedly agree with this plea for fundingwith a passion. Well, sorta. The need for a comprehensive response to tuberculosis is, in my mind, indisputable. And the public health crisis that barely treatable (and sometimes untreatable) XDR TB presents is unacceptable.

I have mixed feelings, however, about calling this an emergency. You see, public health officials and clinicians have known for many, many years that TB was becoming resistant to many drugs, and that it had the potential to become a public health emergency. XDR TB exists because of our failure to respond properly to TB; a failure to strengthen the health system. The WHO continues:

Resistance to anti-TB drugs in populations is a phenomenon that occurs primarily due to poorly managed TB care. Problems include incorrect drug prescribing practices by providers, poor quality drugs or erratic supply of drugs, and also patient non-adherence.

Screaming “emergency” is an effective fund-raising tool, though it more often that not comes in unpredictable spurts. It seems to me that such sporadic responses lead in the long term to corruption, dependence, and lack of preparedness for the next “emergency.” Those suffering from diseases like tuberculosis desperately need a health system that is strong, flexible, and promotes evidence-based health interventions.

So, I’ll support this Emergency Defense Supplemental funding for XDR-TB. Because something has to be done. But there has to be more of a focus on health systems strengthening.

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Dec. 9 RESULTS Meeting Summary

Posted by chads on December 9, 2006

For some background information on RESULTS, see here

Paul Loeb was the invited speaker. A few quotes:

“It shouldn’t be a Utopian goal that children don’t go hungry.”

“The resources aren’t available? Simply not true. We do have a choice.”

The importance of getting individuals involved for life (as opposed to for just one project) was discussed.

We are planning on meeting with our senators and representatives this next month regarding global health and poverty. The next RESULTS meeting will be on January 13. We hope you’ll join us! I will place updates here.

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RESULTS Meeting Change of Location

Posted by chads on December 8, 2006

This week’s RESULTS meeting will actually be held at 730 Tanner Bldg, on BYU campus (7th floor). Hope to see you there!

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Posted by chads on November 17, 2006

RESULTS is a “nonprofit grassroots advocacy organization committed to creating the political will to end hunger and the worst aspects of poverty.” There seems to be an emphasis on microcredit and health, withmore than 800 volunteers in 100 communities in the US.

There are RESULTS groups in Provo and Salt Lake City, Utah; I went to my first meeting in Provo on Saturday. Here are a few of the highlights:

Worlds AIDS day is December 1, and we will be submitting a several letters to the editor addressing the need for more tuberculosis funding.

Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for inpiring the microcredit movement.

Meetings, consisting mostly of conference calls and committments to action, are held monthly. The next meeting and conference call will be on Saturday, December 9 at 12 noon at 2198 JFSB (new building west of the library at BYU). We hope you’ll join us if you live in Utah Valley!

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