Monthly Archive April 2018

ByHarry Gardiner

Trade To Aid April Update

Heading to a Trade To Aid sessionWe have prepared new investees and investment offerings to qualified businesses – they came for our three trainings and have good business ideas. Their performance is encouraging and we hope they will do very well in some months to come.

The use of the office space we secured has also proved very helpful and we have people coming all times to be a part of our investment programme. We are preparing to paste a huge banner to advertise our presence at the location so we can be found more clearly.

In this month, visits were made to our business people 3 to 5 times each to see how their businesses are doing. This is to check on their progress and also to make sure we are supporting them as best we can. We always want to assist our business people so we call them and visit them so we can try to build a relationship and a platform where they can trust us and tell us their problems so we can see how we can at all times support them.

We have had some unpleasantries we wish to work on day in and day out. We look to suggestions from people and compare our experiences to see how best we can create a better service for our businesspeople and our potential businesspeople. We also have commendation from other people who have tested our services and want to work with us again. Indeed is it a success story for us. They still need investment from us to keep expanding their businesses.  

ByFrances

70 Years of the World Health Organisation

The World Health Organisation celebrated its 70th birthday last week, offering a chance to reflect on its legacy and look at the challenges still ahead.

The WHO began in 1948, the same year as the NHS was formed and the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights was instituted. It has become synonymous with those human rights and one of its foremost principles is that, “The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition.”

  • Since 1948 global life expectancy has increased by 25 years.
  • Smallpox has been eradicated.
  • Polio is on the verge of extinction with only two countries having cases.
  • International efforts have massively controlled diseases like measles, malaria and tropical diseases.
  • WHO partnerships for immunisations are thought to be saving 2-3 million lives a year.
  • Since 1990 6 million more children are living to age 5.
  • The WHO led tobacco control regulations from the 70s onwards.
  • Better, cheaper access to generic drugs for HIV has been championed by the WHO, helping 21 million people get treatment.
  • Governments and agencies have improved reactions to health crises and pandemics with support and data from the WHO, including curbing devastating flu pandemics.
  • WHO’s focus now turns to non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer – now the cause of 70% of global deaths.

This year’s 70th anniversary World Health Day had a focus on Universal Health Coverage. Tying back to the WHO’s principles as well as the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, Universal Health Coverage is a hugely important challenge.

In a piece for The Guardian, Lucy Lamble writes, “For all its imperfections, WHO still has a vital role. We need its convening power as much as we did in 1948. Its failings reflect our current global health inequality and its challenges the politics of redressing this.”

The Gardiner Foundation believes that Universal Health Coverage is a fundamental part of development. It is integral to, and can be helped by, our belief in poverty alleviation through self-employment and entrepreneurship.