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Urgent news on Mr Mkoko from They Go To Die

A fortnight ago, Jonathan Smith, epidemiologist and director of ‘They Go to Die’, received news that the only surviving miner in the film-Mr Mkoko-has been hospitalised with tuberculosis again. To find out more about Mr Mkoko’s condition and what you can do to help, have a read of this personal message from Jonathan Smith and share with your networks.

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“Last week I received a call from Nozipho Mkoko (Musa Mkoko’s wife) informing me that Mr. Mkoko has been hospitalised with tuberculosis. Today, the Mkoko family granted me permission to share this news with you all. As many of you know, Mr. Mkoko is the only surviving miner from the film, They Go to Die. His recent TB infection is an externally acquired infection, not a reinfection of his previous multi-drug resistant TB. This news is extremely worrisome, and though the fact that he is receiving care in Swaziland and that his TB is treatable mitigates some of the worry, we must also remember that there are intense mental and psychological effects of such a diagnosis.”

If you would like to help the Mkoko family, you can do so in the following ways:

1) Email the family a message of hope and compassion. We have set up Mrs. Mkoko with a Gmail account that she can check periodically. Click here to email the Mkoko Family.

2) Donate to directly support Mr. Mkoko’s care. We have created a special fund for the Mkoko Family. We are not soliciting funds per se, but this is indeed a tangible way we can help; sometimes defining our fight is as simple as sustaining the efforts of others. Click here to donate

3) If you haven’t yet done so, download our letter and email your MP demanding that the UK fully fund the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and TB REACH.

Click here to read the full message from Jonathan Smith.

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‘Nutrition: Not Just About Food’ Panel Discussion at LSHTM

RESULTS UK‘s Nutrition Advocacy Tour kicks off next week! Why not join us on the 16th May for a panel discussion on nutrition.

NUTRITION, NOT JUST ABOUT FOOD

Nearly 870 million people suffer from undernutrition worldwide, yet food insecurity is not the only cause of this problem.

Undernutrition is a multifaceted issue at the centre of environmental, social, political and economic debate.

Come and hear experts from academia, civil society and the global South discuss how tackling undernutrition lies in an understanding of its multiple causes and the formation of a multisectoral response.

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Day 1… Below the Line Breakfast

Day 1 of Living Below the Line. Only £1 a day for all my food and drink.

Breakfast: Oats (made with water. Milk’s too expensive!) with value jam.

50g oats = 6.5p
Water = free
2 table spoons of Strawberry Jame = 6p

Total = 12.5p

87.5p for the rest of the day! Let’s see how it goes…

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This week I’m Living Below the Line for RESULTS UK.

RESULTS UK is an advocacy charity working to change the policies, practices and beliefs that leave so many children undernourished.

Any donation, even if it’s only £1, would be most appreciated.

https://www.livebelowtheline.com/me/sabrinadesouza

£5 for 5 days

My Live Below the Line food came in under budget! For the next 5 days I’ll be living on £4.94 for all my food and drink!

Hmmm… what shall I spend my last 6p on?!

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This week I’m Living Below the Line for RESULTS UK.

RESULTS UK is an advocacy charity working to change the policies, practices and beliefs that leave so many children undernourished.

Any donation, even if it’s only £1, would be most appreciated.

https://www.livebelowtheline.com/me/sabrinadesouza

Improving Child Nutrition: An Investment in the Future

Improving Child Nutrition - An Investment in the Future - front coverI wanted to share RESULTS UK‘s latest publication, “Improving Child Nutrition: An Investment in the Future“, which makes the case for an increase in nutrition financing.

Undernutrition is the single largest killer of children globally. It is responsible for 2.6 million preventable child deaths each year. For millions more children, the consequences of undernutrition are lifelong and irreversible. Today, 165 million children are chronically malnourished (stunted), which can cause serious and irreversible physical and mental disabilities. This is likely to impact the cognitive ability, school performance and earning potential. Undernutrition can keep families locked in a cycle of poverty and poor health.

Now is the time to act! We have the evidence. We know what works. Nutrition specific interventions (which address me immediate causes of undernutrition) have been ranked among the best development buys for their effectiveness and value for money. If 13 proven nutrition specific interventions were delivered to scaled they could reduce child mortality by one-quarter and stunting by one-quarter at a benefit to cost ratio of 16 to 1. To put it another way, Read more…

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New Zealand passes the bill on equal marriage and then bursts into song!

Just amazing!
 

I am hungry for change!

In a couple of weeks I will be living on £1 a day for 5 days to raise awareness for extreme poverty, and in particular undernutrition.

The money raised will go towards the brilliant work of RESULTS UK who are campaigning tirelessly to change the situation for the children that are unnecessarily dying from undernutrition. It is the largest killer of children globally. It is responsible for 35% of all PREVENTABLE child deaths. Killing 2.6 million children each year.

For millions of children that survive, it means they are, forever, stunted. Smaller than their non-stunted peers, stunted children are more susceptible to sickness. In school, they fall behind in class. In adulthood, they are more prone to disease and their earning potential is significantly less than their non-stunted peers. Undernutrition keeps individuals and families in a cycle of poverty and poor health.

Yet the interventions are well-known and cost effective. If 13 proven nutrition interventions were delivered to scale, they could reduce stunting by 1/3rd globally, and at a cost : benefit ratio of 1 : 16.

What is lacking is the political will. RESULTS UK is working to change the policies, practices and beliefs that leave so many children undernourished.

I’d really appreciate any donation you can make towards my efforts.

https://www.livebelowtheline.com/me/sabrinadesouza