There has been a lot of misinformation about monkeypox. We‘ve unpacked five crucial things to know. Monkeypox has joined COVID-19 and polio on the official list of public health emergencies On 23 July, the World Health Organization officially designated monkeypox as a “public health emergency of international concern.” Currently only COVID-19 and polio are on that list. At least 75 countries have reported over 16,000 cases so far. The WHO is forecasting that there could be over 27,000 cases across 88 countries by...
The summer is a great time to relax and recharge. It‘s also a great time to take stock of your activism work and give it a refresh. With warmer weather and longer days, you can fill your free time working to change the world for the better. And some of it may be easier than you think. That‘s why we‘re sharing nine easy ways to kickstart your activism this summer. Keep reading to find out! Start a summer reading list The summer is...
Dear Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner, CC G7 Finance Ministers Your urgent leadership towards a data-driven modern-day Marshall Plan for People and Planet In these historically tough times, when all tools of global policy must be maximised, we are writing to remind you and the other G7 Finance Ministers of your responsibility as the biggest group of shareholders of the IMF and World Bank. So we ask you please to honestly ask yourselves this question: are you doing everything possible, in close...
Dear Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner, CC G7 Finance Ministers Your urgent leadership towards a data-driven modern-day Marshall Plan for People and Planet In these historically tough times, when all tools of global policy must be maximised, we are writing to remind you and the other G7 Finance Ministers of your responsibility as the biggest group of shareholders of the IMF and World Bank. So we ask you please to honestly ask yourselves this question: are you doing everything possible, in close...
We‘ve all been living through the pandemic. So how much could we learn from a documentary about it? Turns out, a lot. HBO‘s new documentary, “How to Survive a Pandemic” is an emotional rollercoaster. It taps into how we‘ve all felt over the past two years: from the sheer shock of it all, to the hope from the first promises of vaccines, to the frustration of realizing that we‘ve still got a long way to go before achieving vaccine equity. To...
The Global Fund is an organization designed to end AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria as epidemics. Since its creation in 2002, the Global Fund has helped save 44 million lives and halved the combined death rate from all three diseases. It has invested more than $53 billion over 20 years. Annually, the Global Fund mobilizes and invests more than $4 billion into programs run by local experts in more than 100 countries to fight all three diseases. The Global Fund and...
In the South African townships of Gqeberha, communities confront challenges on their way to success. They encounter high unemployment rates, lack of access to quality education, and a high prevalence of HIV/AIDS. And these challenges are exacerbated due to COVID-19. The Eastern Cape, the province home to Gqeberha, has the highest unemployment rate in South Africa, a staggering 47.1%. Unlike its Western Cape neighbor, the Eastern Cape is a rural region. It’s far behind in the country‘s fight for equal...
 Ione Gildroy is a Youth Ambassador from the UK. In March, I went to the international youth climate strike in Edinburgh and was overwhelmed by the huge number of protesters. They were chanting for climate justice and gender equality, and against racism, with many protesters also carrying banners and flags in support of Ukraine. With this current crisis in Ukraine, it has become even more clear how important international aid is. Sanctions in Russia will have a global impact on...
So… is the pandemic over? It seems like it is — mask mandates have lifted, social distance eased, and plenty of people are fully vaccinated. However, the evidence does not support this view. Let’s look at 5 reasons the pandemic is not over. 1. Cases are rising around the world  The most obvious reason: COVID-19 cases are rising, notably in Europe and China. The new European wave comes as restrictions such as wearing face masks indoors are lifting. Meanwhile, China recently...
This Friday, April 8, we have our eyes set on the 2022 Advanced Market Commitment (AMC) Summit — hosted by Germany and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance — and, in particular, on the role that the European Union (EU) plays in making it a success. The Summit aims to raise at least US$5.2 billion in urgent funds for COVAX — a key component of the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A) that helps deliver vaccines to low- and middle-income countries...