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April 2014

Canada and GAVI

Protecting children from preventable deaths through vaccines and immunizations

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+ 2013 Outcomes
  • Amazing success!  RESULTS advocacy contributed to a 20% increase in Canada’s renewed commitment to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria - from $540 million to $650 million over 3 years.  The Minister for International Development, Christian Paradis recognized the work of our advocates by making the announcement to our volunteers prior to media announcement.
  • Building on our successful 2012 campaigning on polio, RESULTS advocacy was instrumental in an increased Canadian contribution to $250 million over 6 years to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).  Canada was one of only a few countries to attend the April pledging conference and make a sizable contribution
  • RESULTS advocates asked Minister for International Cooperation Julian Fantino to attend the G8 summit on nutrition and to showcase Canada’s global leadership in this area to encourage other countries to make robust contributions.  Not only did he attend but he also increased Canada’s contribution to nutrition programs by $145 million.
+ 2012 Outcomes
  • Through our advocacy, raised the profile of polio in order to increase Canadian funding for the eradication of the disease. Obtained a matching commitment of $1 million by the Federal Government for this fiscal year (in Sept 2012) and still seeking a substantial pledge for next fiscal year.
  • Initiated and promoted the Reverse the Cuts to CIDA citizens campaign: 40 organizations have joined us, over 2,200 petition signatures, more than 60 letters to the editor published, letters sent directly to the PM by citizens, an online presence and recent meetings with key MPs – all of whom praise the increased citizen voice on this issue.
  • Executive Director Jean François Tardif appeared in front of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs in September – our recommendations on Microfinance made it into their final report.
  • Participated in crafting the civil society statements at the Global Union Lung Health Conference on reaching zero TB deaths (November) and the GAVI Partners’ forum on reaching the 20% of children not reached by immunization (December).
  • Contributed to re-starting the water and sanitation (WASH) coalition of NGOs that will work together on policy issues (November).
  • Through letters and meetings, pushed Canada to contribute to the creation of the Global Road Map to set clear and shared objectives to prevent child deaths at the Child Survival Call to Action Summit in DC (June).
  • Successfully encouraged CIDA to host the Stop TB Partnership Coordinating board meeting in Canada in July 2013.  This will be the first time Canada has hosted this meeting.
+ 2011 Outcomes
  • Through grassroots advocacy and staff efforts, a $65 million contribution was given to GAVI from the Canadian government for vaccines, immunization in June.
  • RESULTS Canada led a successful resource mobilization campaign in support of the Global Partnership for Education, which yielded an additional $21 million investment in basic education from the Government of Canada (November)
  • Working in coalition, RESULTS volunteers and staff pushed changes to the Canada Access to Medicines Regime (CAMR) legislation through the House and onto the Senate.  The Bill died on the order paper when Parliament was prorogued.
+ 2010 Outcomes
  • A major win at the 2010 G8! $7.3 billion in new global investments, $1.1 billion from Canada alone, and a commitment that these investments would, in turn, result in 1.3 million more children who would survive to see their fifth birthday, 64,000 women who would not die in child birth, and 12 million additional couples who would be able to access family planning (June 2010).
  • A contribution of $50 million from Canada to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI Alliance) is secured. (October 2010)
  • Secured $540 million (over three years) to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria – representing a 20% increase in Canada’s contribution. The Global Fund is the most effective mechanisms in the area of global health and has been responsible for saving 5 million lives since 2001. (September 2010)
  • All party support for parliamentary motion calling for more CIDA investments in microcredit that targets the very poor. (June 2010)
  • Launch of the HIV/TB all-party Parliamentary Caucus (HAT caucus) – the first of its kind on Parliament Hill. (June 2010)
+ 2009 Outcomes
  • $127 million from Canada for the launch of “TB Reach” – a new global initiative that will help to ensure more of the world’s poorest have access to TB treatment (announced March 2009)  
  • 106 million people have now been reached with micro-loans – small loans to help the world’s poorest women start small businesses. This surpasses a bold goal set 10 years ago by the Microcredit Summit Campaign, an initiative supported by RESULTS affiliates around the world (announced January 2009)
  • Legislation to ensure millions of people in the developing world can get access to Canada’s affordable, life-saving generic drugs (Bill C-393) moved one step closer to becoming law - MPs voted for it to pass Second Reading after lobbying by RESULTS volunteers, in partnership with other NGOs (November 2009)
+ 2008 Outcomes
  • Worked with NGO partners to secure $450 million over three years for the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria in 2008. Since its inception, the Fund had distributed more than 70 million bed nets to protect families (mainly children under five) from malaria. It is also a leader in ensuring treatment to prevent mother to child transmission of HIV.
  • The passage of the Better Aid Bill (C-293) - landmark legislation that ensures Canada’s foreign aid must be directed towards poverty reduction.  RESULTS worked with partners across Canada for close to three years to see this bill passed in 2008.
+ 2007 Outcomes
  • In December 2007, the Microcredit Summit Campaign, a project of RESULTS Educational Fund, announced that the goal of providing 100 million of the world's poorest people with credit had been surpassed.  This is a remarkable achievement - there were only about 7 million very poor borrowers worldwide when the 100 million goal was set in 1997. 
  • The Microcredit Summit now has a new goal of moving 175 million people over the $1 a day poverty line through microcredit by 2015
  • "RESULTS ongoing campaign against malaria experienced a major success in April 2007 when CIDA announced a further $20 million for malaria nets for Africa. The bednets distributed with this funding will save up to 88,000 lives. CIDA's funding for malaria has more than quadrupled since RESULTS started its malaria campaign in 2002. However Canada's malaria funding must at least double again to reach its fair share level of $100 - $150 million a year."
+ 2006 Outcomes
  • A $20 million grant from CIDA for the Global TB Drug Facility. CIDA’s funding for tuberculosis has saved over 500,000 lives since RESULTS began advocating for more TB funding several years ago.
  • A $25 million grant for the Education For All “Fast Track Initiative” to help provide basic education for some of the millions of children who do not go to school.
  • A $250 million contribution from Canada to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.
  • Halifax hosted the Global Microcredit Summit in November, where over 2,000 delegates celebrated the huge growth of microcredit over the past decade and committed to new microcredit targets for 2015
  • Citizens Bank became the first Canadian bank to offer Canadians a way to invest in microcredit around the world: the “Shared World Term Deposit”. This was prompted by RESULTS letter writers.
+ 2004-05 Outcomes

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria
The February 2005 federal budget allocated $140 million over two years to Canada's funding for the "Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria". The Global Fund is one of the most effective and cost-efficient ways to battle the three big killer diseases. Increasing Canada's contribution has been a major focus for RESULTS.

On World TB Day in March 2005, CIDA announced a $38 million increase in funding for the global fight against tuberculosis. $25 million of this will go to the Global TB Drug Facility, an innovative and effective mechanism to provide low-cost, high-quality TB drugs.

Largely due to continuing advocacy by RESULTS, Canada continues to be a world leader in the fight against TB, a fight which is now starting to show results. Canadian funding for TB has cured over 2 million patients over the last four years. Globally, the number of people receiving modern TB treatment has doubled since 2001. Most significantly, WHO has reported that global TB mortality is dropping for the first time.

On Africa Malaria Day in April 2005, CIDA announced $20 million for bed nets for bednets in sub-Saharan Africa. These funds will be used to purchase and distribute 2.5 million bednets to protect children and pregnant women from malaria. In most cases, distribution of bednets will be undertaken in conjunction with measles campaigns. This represents a tripling of Canada's funding for malaria, a major improvement and one due largely to RESULTS' advocacy. However, Canada still funds less than half its "fair share" of the global malaria financing gap. Much remains to be done.

Our malaria work has also had an impact at the World Bank, which in April 2005, released a draft of a major new global malaria strategy. We will continue to push for an appropriate level of attention to malaria from the world's largest development funder.

Globally, malaria, which some experts say kills more people than AIDS, now has a much higher profile than it had when we took it on as an issue over three years ago. Results Canada has been acknowledged for our malaria work by the Global Fund itself and it has also significantly increased its malaria funding.

Generic Medicines for poor countries
RESULTS Canada, in collaboration with other Canadian non-governmental organizations, called on Prime Minister Paul Martin and House of Commons Leaders to pass legislation that would amend the Patent Act and Food and Drugs Act that would permit export of low-cost generic drugs from Canada to developing countries where they are desperately needed. After one year of red tape and delay, Bill C-9 finally came into force on May 14, 2005. We will now monitor the impact of this landmark legislation, which is intended to improve access to desperately needed medicines in poor countries.

Basic Education
In April 2005, CIDA announced $24 million to support basic education in Nicaragua and Kenya. Currently, Canada provides about 70% of its "fair share" of the global basic education financing gap. We will continue to work with our NGO partners to increase funding basic education, and in particular to call for more funding to support the removal of user fees, which are the single biggest barrier to poor children attending school.

RESULTS Canada gathered and sent letters from 102 Canadian Members of Parliament in 2005 to the heads of international financial institutions (including the World Bank, UNDP and regional development banks) requesting that the institutions give higher priority to microcredit in their poverty reduction efforts. Microcredit involves loans of as little as $50 to support small self-employed businesses, mostly run by women. These loans have a repayment rate of 98% or better, and this has proven to be one of the most effective ways of helping the poorest people on earth to lift themselves out of extreme poverty.

We have repeatedly campaigned for immunization since the early 1990's. The Canadian International Immunization Initiative (CIII) we helped create will continue until at least 2008. According to UNICEF, it saves at least 250,000 children each year from death due to preventable diseases such as measles, tetanus, whooping cough and polio.

As often happens, good existing programs attract extra funding. The February 2005 federal budget provided an extra $160 million boost for the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), and $42 million for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. These are significant amounts, and Canada is now among the world leaders in support for immunization. This may not have happened without our earlier work, which reversed the cancellation of CIDA's main immunization initiative in 1997-98, and helped double CIDA's immunization funding in 2003.

Homelessness in Canada
In February 2005, Prime Minister Paul Martin finally recreated the Ministry of Housing and allocated $1.6 billion in new money over the next two years for affordable housing, including aboriginal housing. This is more federal housing money than we saw in the previous decade, and it could mean more than 800 new units in Vancouver alone. However, it is still a long way from the minimum federal contribution of $2 billion per year that will be required to solve the housing crisis.

+ 2003 Outcomes
  • "Fair trade" was a new campaign for RESULTS in 2003, and we joined with other advocacy groups to ask major coffee companies to offer "fair trade certified" coffee. In response, Proctor and Gamble, one of the world's largest coffee companies, announced a line of fair trade coffee. On a local level, a RESULTS initiative resulted in the City of Victoria adopting a "fair trade coffee only" policy. Other cities will be asked to follow the example. These actions are part of the global effort to help the world's 25 million small coffee farmers, who are currently suffering from record low world prices for coffee.
  • In May 2003, the Canadian International Immunization Program was more than doubled. Canada's funding for this vital program, which operates in 27 poor countries, will increase from $50 million to $110 million over five years. This program was originally created by RESULTS' advocacy in 1997. In 2003, our campaign to have it renewed and increased was rewarded. The new expanded program will save at least 250,000 children each year from death due to preventable diseases such as measles, tetanus, whooping cough, and polio.
  • The Microcredit Summit Campaign, an initiative of RESULTS International, reported in November 2003 that the number of very poor people with access to microcredit had increased to 41.6 million, up from 7 million in 1997. Our ongoing campaign to have microcredit reach 100 million of the world's poorest families by 2005 is on track to reach the target. Results Canada secured the signatures of 83 Canadian Members of Parliament in 2003 on a letter requesting improved microcredit programs by international institutions. Microcredit involves loans of as little as $50 to support small self-employed businesses, mostly run by women. These loans have a repayment rate of 98% or better, and this has proven to be one of the most effective ways of helping the poorest people on earth to lift themselves out of extreme poverty.
+ 2002 Outcomes
  • Results Canada's long campaign to have Canada replenish the foreign aid budget was rewarded with Prime Minister Chrétien's promise to increase aid by 8% per year. As announced at the G8 meeting in Alberta in June 2002, significant increases will go to basic health and primary education programs, especially in Africa.
  • The Microcredit Summit Campaign reported that the number of very poor people with access to microcredit was 26.8 million at the end of 2001, up from 7 million in 1997. Our ongoing campaign to have microcredit reach 100 million of the world's poorest families by 2005 is very close to being on track to reach the target.
  • Our years of intensive advocacy in the battle against tuberculosis paid off as Canada announced $80 million in extra funding for TB programs in poor countries. International Cooperation Minister Susan Whelan received an international award acknowledging Canada for its global leadership in fighting this killer disease.
  • The Canadian International Immunization Program, a creation of RESULTS advocacy, received an extra $27 million in funding for measles vaccination that will enable it to save the lives of an additional 105,000 children per year for three years.
+ 2001 Outcomes
  • RESULTS' receives confirmation from Minister Minna in testimony to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee that Canada's Social Development Framework will save at least 500,000 lives each year by 2005.
  • The 1990 World Summit for Children, supported by RESULTS throughout the 1990s, published the results of its ten year campaign to improve the lives of poor children around the world. Before the 1990 Summit, 40,000 children were dying each day of largely preventable causes. By 2000, despite an increase in global population, this figure had declined to about 29,000 each day. This represents a saving of over 3 million childrens' lives each year.
  • The Microcredit Summit Campaign, championed by RESULTS since 1997, reported that 19.3 million of the world's poorest families had access to credit by the end of 2000, up from 7.6 million in 1997. The growth rate for this figure is 37% per annum, very close to what is required to achieve the target of 100 million of the poorest families by 2005.
+ 2000 Outcomes
  • RESULTS' year-long campaign to have the Canadian government increase development assistance to the area of basic social services for the poorest had a major victory. In September 2000, International Development Minister Maria Minna announced CIDA's "Social Development Framework", which increased funding for basic education, basic health care and nutrition by about $1 billion over the next five years.
  • RESULTS helped create of the first investment product for global microcredit to be offered by a Canadian financial institution, VanCity Credit Union's "International Community Investment Deposit". This RRSP-eligible product, available to all Canadians through agents of Citizens Trust, received $1.9 million in investment in its first year.
+ 1999 Outcomes
  • Results Canada and other advocacy organizations lobbied successfully to have Canada's Parliament pass a motion to recommend that Canada work with other countries to enact a tax on currency speculation (the "Tobin Tax"). Finance Minister Paul Martin and a majority of government members joined opposition members to vote for this motion. RESULTS continues to support the ongoing international campaign on the Tobin Tax.
+ 1988 Outcomes
  • Results Canada successfully completed a year-long campaign which produced over 200 media pieces insisting that the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) reinstate its child immunization program. A new $50 million program was announced, which is now saving at least one hundred and twenty thousand lives each year in poor countries around the world. "Without Results Canada, we would not have seen a turn-around in immunization, and a new immunization program", said a CIDA specialist.
+ 1997 Outcomes
  • RESULTS International convened the Microcredit Summit in Washington DC in February 1997, with 2900 attendees, to promote widespread access to microcredit loans for the poorest. Microcredit loans as small as $30 allow very poor people to start tiny businesses to support their families. RESULTS began an ongoing campaign to attain the Microcredit Summit goal, "to ensure that 100 million of the world's poorest families, especially the women of those families, are receiving credit and other financial and business services by the year 2005".
+ 1995 Outcomes
  • RESULTS International gathered signatures from over 1200 Parliamentarians on a letter to the World Bank demanding a focus on measurable reductions of poverty. The World Bank announced that half of the loans funded by donor countries like Canada, are now poverty-targeted.
  • RESULTS also campaigned for micro-credit. The Canadian Government announced it will be a founding member of the Consultative Group to Assist the Poorest (CGAP), a $200-million fund which provides tiny loans to the world's most destitute people.
+ 1994 Outcomes
  • RESULTS volunteers in five Canadian cities appeared before the Parliamentary Committee reviewing Canada's foreign policy. At the instigation of RESULTS, 105 MPs signed letters for a more effective poverty-reducing foreign aid.
  • RESULTS supported and lobbied on behalf of Grameen Trust's request for $100 million in funding to replicate in other less developed countries the success of Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, an organization that fosters self-development for the poor though loans averaging less than $100. By granting the poor access to credit to set up micro-enterprises, Grameen Trust has convincingly demonstrated that the real answer to poverty is a hand up, not a hand-out.
+ 1993 Outcomes
  • RESULTS initiated a campaign to increase lending by Regional Development Banks for primary health care and education. The Inter-American Development Bank and the African Development Bank have since begun to increase their poverty focus.
  • Results Canada and Our Kids, working with M.P. Mac Harb, also initiated the designation of a National Child Day to be celebrated November 20 each year.
+ 1992 Outcomes
  • RESULTS International gathered signatures from 1400 parliamentarians worldwide (60 from Canada) on a letter to Lewis Preston, President of the World Bank, requesting a greater emphasis on poverty alleviation. This was the largest mailing ever from Parliamentarians to the World Bank. Since then, the World Bank has dramatically increased its funding for poverty alleviation (this funding increased by over $100 million in 1994 alone).
+ 1990 Outcomes
  • RESULTS initiated and coordinated worldwide vigils to draw public attention to the World Summit for Children. More than a million participants in 75 countries gathered to express their concern for the world's children. These events received front-page coverage around the world. The World Summit for Children produced a declaration promising universal access to primary health care, education and clean water by the year 2000.
+ 1988 Outcomes
  • UNICEF called for a gathering of world leaders to improve child development and survival. RESULTS lobbied the Government to support this initiative. Canada played a vital role in organizing the World Summit for Children. Never before in history had so many Heads of State gathered together for any reason.
  • "Results Canada was the first Citizens'group in any country to take up an organized effort to see the Summit was backed by the leadership of their country"
    James Grant, Executive Director, UNICEF.
+ 1987 Outcomes
  • RESULTS supported funding for IFAD, a United Nations organization that provides farm tools and seeds to rural poor.
  • "The international Fund for Agricultural Development would no longer exist were it not for RESULTS".
    Idriss Jazairy, President of IFAD.


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