Every Shot Counts (Announcing the Challenge #2 Winners!)
Here at ONE, we know that when it comes to vaccines, every shot counts. So does the OCC Chapter at the University of Florida, who nabbed first place for Challenge #2 for launching their “Every Shot Counts” campaign to educate students and their community on the efficacy of vaccines. They tabled, signed up hundreds of new members, wrote more than 300 letters to Senator Marco Rubio, and even got some cool press by being shown on the Jumbotron in front of 12,000 screaming Florida fans! Oh, and did we mention they also made this excellent PSA? Check it out.
University of Michigan Ann Arbor came in a close second, and took the education component straight to the classroom. From small classes to lectures of 550+, OCCrs at U Mich took it to the chalkboard old-school style, even showing GAVI alliance videos to 300+ students!
And for the first time this year, we’ve got a three-way tie! Congratulations to Louisiana State University, Webster, and the University of West Georgia for their amazing vaccine advocacy work – which included collectively signing up new members, petition signers, and letter-writers. Don’t worry – they’re sharing the title, but they all get the 100 point bump! Be sure to click on their names to see what they were able to
We’d love to brag about all our great campus chapters, but we know you want to get started on Challenge #3. Get going!
(latent)TB or not (latent)TB, that is the question...that HIV/AIDS can answer
Submitted by UMich’s Lesley Kucharski —
As a student of the social sciences, I focus primarily on the societal ramifications of infectious diseases. However, this semester, I enrolled in a biology class on AIDS and other infectious diseases and I have developed a scientific understanding of infectious disease. I want to share what I have learned thus far about the correlation between tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS because I believe that knowing a bit of physiology can help us become better advocates for those that suffer from these two diseases.
While HIV/AIDS does not increase the transmission rate of TB, HIV/AIDS can speed up the progression of TB from the latent to active phase. The immune system of those infected with TB that are HIV- is often strong enough to keep TB in the latent phase. However, if a person with TB is HIV+, he or she does not have an immune system strong enough to keep TB latent, and without proper treatment, that person can quickly progress to death. According to the CDC:
TB is the cause of death for as many as half of all persons infected with AIDS
Since 1990, TB infection rates have increased 4-fold in countries that are heavily affected by HIV.
An estimated one third of the persons living with HIV also have TB
Knowing the relationship between these two diseases can help when you are out there advocating because it helps people wrap their mind around the fact that thousands of people die each day from HIV/AIDS and TB. It also helps us to understand why the policy that we campaign for has the potential to be effective. Providing people with treatment for HIV/AIDS can also help alleviate the consequences of TB.
Here’s a post from California State University, Northridge guest blogger Taina Vargas:
In my research on sustainable development programs, I have always been interested in organizations that focus on efficient and effective aid strategies in their work. I was particularly impressed with The ONE Campaign’s clever acronym explaining what “SMART” Aid means to them:
S - Sufficient in scale to achieve its intended goals. M -Measurable so taxpayers and recipients can see results and monitor progress over time. A - Accountable to the citizens of developing nations. R - Responsive to the specific needs of the citizens for whom it is intended. T - Transparent, to allow scrutiny by civil society and the media
In addition to their “SMART” Aid outline, ONE has listed a series of success stories on how effective aid has made significant differences in developing countries, such as halving Malaria deaths in Ethiopia, providing affordable health insurance in Rwanda, and increasing food production in Malawi. The Success Story that I found to be the most impressive was the Acumen Fund’s support of A to Z Textile Mills in Tanzania, a local factory that produces insecticide-treated Malaria nets for the local population. The factory employs more than 4,600 Tanzanians, mostly women, giving them the means to support their families while ensuring the locals are provided with the life-saving nets. Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) such as UNICEF and Population Services International (PSI) purchase the nets from A to Z Textile Mills to distribute to those who cannot afford to buy them, both ensuring employment of the more than 4,600 employees, and protecting the local population from Malaria.
I applaud organizations like these who believe that just doing “good” is not enough. I joined their campus chapter at my university last year, and continue to be an active and passionate member because of the great work that they do!
On Monday afternoon, ONE and Democrats of Clark held a women and politics event, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pantsuit Panel and Discussion. At the panel, we talked to the three influential women about ONE, got them to sign our proclamations and informed those attending about ONE’s missions and goals.
University of South Carolina’s ONE Chapter convened last night to appeal to the Senate—or more specifically Senator Lindsey Graham to oppose budget cuts in the 2011 Budget on Foreign Aid spending. Without the money promised, a cut of $450 million, contributions to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis will be unable to provide:
10.4 million bed nets to fight malaria
6 million treatments for malaria will not be administered
3.7 million people will not be tested for HIV
58,286 HIV-positive, pregnant women will not receive treatments to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV
414,000 people will not be provided their antiretroviral (ARV) medication
372,000 testing and treatments for tuberculosis will be halted
While we are in an economic crisis, and fiscally we have to be regimented, cutting these costs—while perhaps minimal, will have a large impact on people who truly need the aid. The goal is to help everyone become sustainable—and this is the point we tried to get across as students called and wrote letters last night to Senator Lindsey Graham.
This week Congress has been debating next year’s budget, with the new leadership in the House of Representatives vowing to cut spending as much as possible. Included in those spending cuts is US Foreign Aid, or Official Development Assistance (ODA). Congress proposed up to 50% cuts in the funding of critical development projects, in areas such as health, hunger and sustainable development. These cuts would be detrimental to the world’s poor.
Budget cuts are supported under the pretense of reducing our $1.5 trillion deficit; however, cuts in foreign development assistance would do little to rectify our financial woes but much to hurt the poorest people of the world. Americans typically favor cuts in ODA spending, largely adopting the notion that “we have to help ourselves before we can help others”. Unfortunately, this view is sadly misguided, as the US allocates less than 1% of its budget toward foreign aid—hardly a large enough percentage to put a dent in our deficit. Additionally, only 0.18% of our GDP is utilized for foreign aid, in noncompliance with the 2002 international agreement—the Monterrey Consensus—that called upon all developed countries to allocate at least 0.70% of their GDP for development spending. Incidentally, the US spends almost 30 times the amount of aid on the military, with defense comprising almost 15% of the budget, yet no such budget cuts have been proposed.
And where ODA spending does little to hurt the American economy, it does much to save the lives of millions of impoverished people all over the world. US foreign aid has taken many significant strides on the path toward the end of global poverty: With the help of US foreign aid, deaths from Malaria have been cut in half in Rwanda, Ethiopia, Zambia and Eritrea; child mortality in Senegal has decreased by one third between 2005 and 2008; the number of HIV-positive Africans receiving life-saving medication increased from 50,000 in 2002 to more than 3 million now; and 42 million more African children were able to attend school between 1999 and 2007. Funds that are just a drop in the bucket for our budget are making real and life-changing differences for millions of people—we cannot allow these cuts to be passed.
Call your Senators and Representatives—tell them that the world’s poor are important to you. Your voice will make all the difference in the world.
"Here’s a snapshot of what reality will look like if we stop funding tomorrow: Nearly half a million people will likely die without AIDS treatment; close to 70,000 babies will be born with HIV because their mothers didn’t receive prevention drugs; and 12 million families will go without bed nets to prevent malaria. And that’s just with cuts to the Global Fund alone.
Good stewardship of our federal dollars means making good choices — choices that don’t hurt the most vulnerable people in the world. When a man with AIDS is brought back to life with ARVs given to a local hospital thanks to funding by PEPFAR, this is America making a moral commitment to his future. I understand the need to cut the deficit — the spending in this country has been uncontrolled for too long. But we must not cut those programs that are effective and proven.”
Members of Clark University’s ONE Campus Challenge partnered with an on campus group, All Kinds of Girls (AKOG), last Saturday. AKOG is a mentoring program in which female college students at Clark University mentor around 50-75 nine to twelve year-old girls in Worcester, Massachusetts every Saturday. The program encourages the young girls to build friendships, increases their self-esteem, and helps them grow in character and confidence. For each Saturday, the mentors plan activities centered on a theme of the day, like Go Green Day, Around the World Day, and Media Day.
This Saturday was Change the World Day! Members of ONE Campus Challenge came to help teach the girls a little bit about what it means and looks like to make a difference in the world. We opened the day with a large group activity, in which ONE members explained to the girls what ONE and ONE Campus Challenge are. We then asked the girls if they knew what it means to change the world or how they can make a difference in the world. The girls then split up into groups, and each received a piece of paper cut out in the shape of one of the continents. They received magazines, glue, and scissors, as well, and were assigned a specific color. The girls had to locate that color in their magazines, cut or tear it out, and use it to collage the continent.
Once the groups were done, all of the girls came back together as a big group. One representative from each group took the continent collage and pasted it on a big map of the world. The final product was a beautiful and colorful map of the world that represents everyone coming together as one voice to make a difference in the world. The girls had a great time, and Clark OCC really enjoyed reaching out to younger girls to share the ONE campaign and teach them a little bit about how they can stand up for people who don’t have a voice and make a difference in the world.
House Cuts Will Deeply Wound Poverty-Reduction Programs
"We know that the U.S. government is going to have to do more with less. The point we’re making is, cuts to this part of the budget have an incredibly big impact on people who can least afford it," said Tom Hart, director of government relations at ONE, an anti-poverty group. "There are very few places in the federal budget where funding translates into lives saved. And this is one of them" (Sheridan, "House budget bill’s deep cuts in humanitarian aid criticized," 2011, italics mine).
Budget cuts to foreign aid will dramatically reduce the US’ ability to help the world’s poor. On the chopping block: critical aid to support the creation and distribution of vaccines to the children and adults that most need them.
Watch this video from the GAVI Alliance (or show it at your campus for +30 points, PLUS an additional pt for each person in attendance!) to see the many challenges up against vaccinating the world’s poor.
University of South Carolina never stops. For this week’s meeting, the ONE chapter of USC wrote letters and made phone calls to Congressmen James Clyburn and Joe Wilson, urging them to oppose cuts in the 2011 Budget that would effect the funding of HIV/AIDS, hunger, and preventable diseases programs.
Later this week, we plan to hand-deliver these letters to the Congressmen’s offices to give them a visual example of how devoted we are to keeping this funding. It is important that they know their constituents oppose the budget cut in this are for the 2011 budget, and that we are committed to saving lives through antiretroviral medication, vaccines, and aiding in the growth of agriculture. These means will help form healthy and sustainable communities. What could be better than that?
Students at The Ohio State University hosted a screening of the documentary The Lazarus Effect. The documentary explores the effectiveness of Anti-Retroviral drugs in Africa. We gave provided pizza and drinks and gave everyone a ONE band and some ONE literature. We also encouraged everyone to call their representatives and ask them not to cut funding for developmental aid and programs that fight HIV/AIDS. One viewer commented, “All the representatives should have to watch The Lazarus Effect before cutting funding for HIV/AIDS programs.”
“URGENT! Pick up the phone NOW & tell your Member of Congress to oppose efforts to cut funding for these proven, cost-effective programs that fight HIV/AIDS, hunger and preventable disease. You’ll help the world’s poorest, as well as earn 10 points per person, per call! http://www.one.org/call/signup.html?mode=house&cp_id=102”—
If you asked the typical American to give you an estimate of what percentage of our GDP goes to foreign aid assistance, he or she would probably tell you a figure of anywhere from 20-30%. So for every dollar the US makes, we give 20-30 cents of it away. That sounds pretty generous, given that we don’t ask for anything in return (generally speaking).
But wait — before you pat yourself on the back for your heart of gold, take a look at the picture below:
(*Image from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: “2010 Annual Letter from Bill Gates: Rich Countries’ Aid Generosity.” Read the full article here .)
Hmm…guess the public is misinformed, huh? As it turns out, the US only gives away 0.19 percent of its GDP (compare that to Sweden’s nearly 1%). So again, for every dollar we make, we give less than a cent of it away. Don’t get us wrong, that’s definitely still a ton of money, and in terms of the absolute number of dollars we give away, we’re the global leader.
But the question remains: Is that percentage enough?
Great Endings, Bright Beginnings - ONE at The University of Texas at El Paso
Last semester ended on a high note for ONE Campus UTEP. In addition to connecting with and educating our community about who we are and what we strive to do, we screened portions of The Lazarus Effect and sold beautiful BeadforLife jewelry. Thanks to the generosity of our guests, we raised over $300 for the jewelry makers while discussing the very real possibility of living in a world where no baby is born with HIV, and where those who are already afflicted with the disease will be able to live normal, productive lives. We were able to reach a larger audience with the help of local performers such as the Dirty River Boys, Grau Jazz, The Coronado Guitar Trio and the ballet dancers from Champion Studios. This event also marked an important milestone for outgoing Campus Leader, President Amanda North, without whom ONE Campus UTEP would not have been established. Many thanks to Amanda for taking the initiative to start the ONE group at UTEP; it has reached a multitude of interested students and a few faculty members who are eager to help us fight the good fight.
Our first string of major events begins tomorrow, February 15th, at 11:30 at the Honors House on the UTEP campus. We will be informing our fellow students of our purpose, recruiting, and sharing our agenda for this semester. We are also excited to announce that a student at an area high school has contacted us wanting to know how he can partner with us so that his classmates will be informed about ONE’s issues and how they can get involved.
In all, there is much to plan and we look forward to sharing our updates with the rest of the ONE Campus community. We wish everyone the very best! :)
The ONE Campaign at the University of Michigan was jammed packed last weekend with advocacy activities ranging from performing in a dance competition, singing karaoke at a local remembrance event, and decorating Valentine’s Day cards.
The weekend began with our performance in “Service Rocks,” a dance competition between four other service organizations on campus. Before our dance, one of our members gave a short speech on ONE’s global goals and activities, as well as our chapter’s work on campus. When it came time to perform, we entertained the audience with a “Back to the 80’s” themed dance, which incorporated the car from “Back to the Future,” air guitar performances from Tom Cruise “Risky Business” look-a-likes, and a ONE themed spoof of “The Breakfast Club.” Although we didn’t take first place, all of our members had a blast performing, and our dance received the highest “swag factor” rating of the night.
On Saturday we attended Airplane Day in Dexter, Michigan, which was a remembrance event dedicated to Laurence Carolin. Carolin died last year at age 15 from a tumor, but accomplished a lot in his short life. He was an avid supporter of the ONE Campaign, and donated all $5,000 of his Make-a-Wish money to the United Nations Foundation. A few members attended the event to represent our support, and were unexpectedly asked to sing U2’s “Sunday Bloody Sunday” when a choir didn’t show up. Using iPod Touch’s to read the song’s lyrics, we actually out-sang U2….or not, but we were glad to attend to remember an amazing young man who was so dedicated to the fight against global poverty.
Lastly, on Sunday before the Superbowl, we started our Valentine’s Day week by decorating home-made valentine’s to be sent to children in Kenya, Rwanda, and Ethiopia whom a few of our members had the pleasure of meeting last summer. These valentines are part of our “Send your Love to Africa” campaign, which includes a 6-foot Valentine Card, candy attached to fact sheets, ONE baked goods, and of course petition signatures.
As you can see, we had a busy weekend here in Ann Arbor, but it was well worth it!
This week the ONE Campaign at The Ohio State University was busy recruiting new members, advocating to our senators, and planning for the upcoming challenges. On Tuesday, we called Senators Brown and Portman to ask them to support ONE’s No Child Born with HIV by 2015 campaign. On Thursday we had our weekly meeting. And all week we invited our friends, family, and classmates to join ONE.
Vaccines, are a easy cost-effective way to help people stay healthy. It is one of thousands of things that we can do to save lives. The following link is more on Vaccines, than the specific petition, but everyone loves a graphic demonstration, and this details the Gates Foundations movement to give vaccines, lately to eradicate polio: A ‘graphic’ description of the power of vaccines, by Gates Foundation.
…was responsible for ~a million deaths in 2008, many of whom were African children.
…is treatable and more significantly, preventable.
…can lower a country’s GDP by as much as 1.3% by eating up funds for medical treatment
"Malaria disproportionately affects poor people who cannot afford treatment or have limited access to health care, trapping families and communities in a downward spiral of poverty" (WHO, 2010).
But what’s the point of having a vaccine (or any other type of anti-malaria resources) available if the people who need it can’t afford it?
That’s where M-TAP comes in. The Malaria Taxes and Tariffs Advocacy Project (M-TAP) is campaigning to end all unnecessary costs associated with importing malaria-fighting resources (http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/10/us-malaria-tariffs-idUSTRE7194NX20110210). Unfortunately, with anti-malarial resource costs ranging from $6-10, treatment is very often too costly for individuals to access; still, every penny counts and eliminating tariffs on these resources will put these resources closer within reach of the people who desperately need them.
“We’ve got ONE Campus chapters in 43 states, plus the District of Columbia. We’re still looking for campus leaders nation-wide, but if you go to school in Alaska, Idaho, Maine, New Mexico, Nevada, Rhode Island, or South Dakota, you can be the first Campus Leader in the whole state!! Sign up to be a leader in any state here: http://www.one.org/campus/becomeacampusleader.html”—
ONE members Stephanie Parrish and Meredith Horowski spoke at the College Democrats’ executive board meeting last night to discuss the issues of ONE and the group at University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor group on campus. They gave an overview of ONE and talked about specific legislation such as the Water for the World Act and the Global Food Security Act to demonstrate how nonpartisan organizations like ONE can facilitate bipartisan support on important issues. Then, they asked the organization to issue a resolution/proclamation in support of our efforts as the first half of the College Democrats/College Republicans action. There were about 25 members in attendance and all of them signed up to the campaign, as well as the vaccines petition. They voted unanimously to support the declaration and they are looking forward to a great partnership with them in the future.
Applications for the Global Health Corps applications are OPEN! Check out our guest blog post by Barbara Bush, daughter of former President George W. Bush and President/Co-Founder of Global Health Corps:
Global Health Corps is excited to expand to 70 emerging leaders working in Burundi, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda and the USA in our upcoming 2011-2012 fellowship class.
Global Health Corps aims to mobilize a global community of emerging leaders to build the movement for global health equity. GHC does this by providing young leaders yearlong paid fellowships with outstanding organizations working on the frontlines of the fight for global health equity. We currently have 36 fellows working on projects ranging from developing electronic medical record systems with Partners In Health in Malawi, to counseling homeless youth in New Jersey, to constructing a world-class hospital in rural Rwanda with CHAI.
To truly shift the tide of global health challenges, young leaders from all backgrounds and skill-sets must be engaged. GHC employs managers, communicators, architects, supply chain analysts and other exceptional young people from non-clinical disciplines important to building strong health systems. For example, Ameet Salvi, a GHC fellow who previously managed supply chains for the Gap, used his skills to upgrade the drug supply chain in Tanzania during his fellowship.
Applicants must be under 30 years of age, have earned an undergraduate university degree by July 2011, and be proficient in English. Interested individuals can apply at apply.ghcorps.org.
- Barbara Bush
P.S.: Help spread the word on Twitter! “Volunteer opportunity: Apply to @GHCorps’ year-long fellowship. There R 70 spots open in 4 African countries: http://bit.ly/eB4KvC #GHCorps
“UMich Ann Arbor is tearing it up! They hosted a ONE retreat, and after playing Laser-Tag, returned to a member’s house for aneducational portion of the retreat. Each member was assigned a partner and required to make a fact sheet about one of the issues that ONE focuses on and presented on their topic. They also had super-organized folders for every member, including “All the information you need to know about tabling”, including a brief description of what ONE is, what we do on campus, how to get involved, what each of the Millenium Development Goals are, what the Global Fund is, and a few facts and figures that we found to be important. They realized how important having educated advocates can be!”—
At ONE, we’re always fighting extreme poverty and disease. This week, several campuses have already stepped up and begun recruiting new members and taking action. Leading the charge are University of Florida, pictured below with their new executive board! Clark University in Massachusetts, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, University of Pittsburgh, and The Ohio State University aren’t far behind with a combination of new recruits, petition signers, and a bunch of other poverty fighting actions! But this is just the beginning, and it’s still anyone’s game. OCC vets Webster University, UT Austin, and Michigan State are breaking into the front alongside Curry, Union, U of West Georgia, Central Michigan, Drake, Macalester, and USC…with many more set to take the stage. This weekend is a great opportunity for you to continue recruiting on campus to nab our GRAND PRIZE. In the mean time, be sure to continue recruiting – try tabling or partnering with another event to get ONE out there. There’s still plenty of time to nab the win for the first of four challenges, which ends on February 11th! Keep winning!
“Help us Tweet and get 2 points per day! Just Tweet this and head back to one.org/campus to claim the points!: The ONE Campus Challenge has officially begun. Fight poverty & help launch our vaccines campaign + WIN BIG! http://bit.ly/gDiHtA”—
Every day women across the globe spend hours cooking over primitive indoor stoves fueled by wood, coal and sometimes even dung. According to the World Health Organization, indoor air pollution caused by such cooking methods is the fourth greatest health risk factor in developing countries, after poor nutrition, unsafe sex, and unclean water and sanitation. The hours of inhaled toxic smoke and air lead to nearly two million deaths a year from pneumonia (the number one killer worldwide), heart disease, and low birth weight. Not only is this a global health problem but the deforestation and carbon emissions produced from these indoor stoves is also considered by many to be the second largest contributor to global warming and climate change.
A long neglected issue in global health and environment, indoor air pollution is finally receiving the attention it deserves. Last September, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves with the goal of distributing clean and effective stoves to 100 million homes by 2020. The alliance is a public-private partnership led by the United Nations Foundation. As Secretary Clinton pointed out in her speech at the Clinton Global Initiative, “Whether you’re passionate about health or the environment or sustainable development or women’s empowerment, this is a project for you, and we need you.”
Unlike many risk factors for health such as smoking and obesity, cooking is not an option. One cannot decide to quit cooking the way you can choose to stop drinking alcohol or smoking. These cookstoves provide women with a safe, sanitary cooking environment. The U.S. has pledged $50 million dollars over the next five years and over $10 million more has been raised by participating countries such as Germany, Norway and Peru, in addition to many non-profits and businesses.
Indoor cooking is still a low-profile issue and one of the most important components of bringing a quick and low-cost end to it is that of education and awareness. The problem was recently highlighted on the Martha Stewart Show where the issue was presented by Aaron Sherinian of the United Nations Foundation. Sherinian underscored the basic truth that “cooking shouldn’t kill, but for many women and families around the world it does. Everyone can get involved and tell the world that this issue matters and should be at the top of the global agenda.”
These efficient, affordable cookstoves cost only $25 each and they result in healthier families and stronger communities. To learn more about how you can get involved, visit cleancookstoves.org