Save the Children UK's new director of evidence and learning discusses what it is hoping to achieve by investing more in the learning culture
Samy AhmarSuper excited by the prospect of @modonnell151 helping us @savechildrenuk to really up our game in the generation of high quality, usable evidence for scale. This is an ode to adaptive programming & learning from failure. Music to my ears! @fp2p will like.
Tucked away in Save the Children’s archive is a leaflet produced in 1919.
Samy AhmarImagining what a beloved historical figure would have said about a contemporary issue is fraught with challenges and often anachronistic. But not here. Eglantyne Jebb would have been mortified by the #UK's complicity in #Yemen war crimes. @KevinAtSave
in the 2000s AIDS campaigners took the issue of access to free drugs for HIV and AIDS global ... and won. With Kirsty McNeill and Simon Wright from Save the Children UK.
Samy Ahmar50min can feel like a long time in the hectic world we live in, but I do recommend this fascinating insight from @simoniswright & @kirstyjmcneill into the #HIV campaign of the 90s and 2000s. So much to learn from for the #GlobalHealth #UHC2030 community.
One more reason why Northern Ireland might not want to unite with the Republic
Samy AhmarReally interesting piece on #UHC in #Ireland. Basic health services should be free at the point of use. Forking out 50€ for a GP consultation is a stiff out-of-pocket expense for poorer families and acts as a deterrent to health-seeking. #HealthForAll
Disease is causing an “astounding” drain on Africa’s economy, costing the continent almost $2.
Samy AhmarAs an economist, I struggle with the monetization of #HealthcareForAll as a sound economic investment. Because these economic models are full of assumptions. Because GDP is an increasingly irrelevant indicator of prosperity. And because health is a right.
Our Signature Programme in DRC was the crown jewel of our partnership with GSK between 2013 and 2017. We're finally able to report on the impact we've had.
Samy AhmarMy new blog is up ! 4 years later, our health programme in #DRC 🇨🇩, a flagship of @savechildrenuk's partnership with @GSK, has yielded impressive results:
10%↗️44% in safe deliveries
7%↗️31% in essential newborn care
31%↗️50% in full immunisation
At least eight people are thought to have died and numerous missing after building collapse in Lagos.
Samy AhmarDreadful news from Lagos where a school collapsed killing at least 11 people, probably many more. I cannot find details of the specific LGA where the tragedy happened, can anyone help? Children of #Nigeria need SAFE #EducationForAll. #LagosBuildingCollapse
When two-year old Sienna Wilson suddenly developed a fever in the middle of the night the first thing her parents, Kate and David, suspected was malaria.
Samy AhmarAn important piece by @stefanswartpet on #pneumonia, the largest infectious cause of child deaths. Solutions are known: cheaper #vaccines, exclusive breastfeeding and access to treatment. One small disagreement: antibiotics aren't expensive. @KevinAtSave
Sridhar and Clinton's excellent new book Governing Global Health: Who runs the world and why? dissects the role of 4 global health institutions.
Samy AhmarMy latest blog looks a at a new, deep and important insight by @devisridhar & @ChelseaClinton into the world of #GlobalHealth, how power is distributed within it, and why some issues receive lots of attention while others don’t. #Pneumonia @KevinAtSave
The government is being urged to change the dosing schedule of one of the key childhood vaccinations, potentially saving the NHS millions of pounds.
Samy AhmarInteresting move that could save millions of $ to health systems around the world. If the immunization benefits of 2 doses are the same as 3 doses, a change of schedule would boost compliance and increase affordability of PCV. #Pneumonia #GlobalHealth
Public-health systems focus on babies but often neglect their mothers
Samy AhmarBrilliant article on postnatal care in last week's @TheEconomist. While maternal mortality has become a rarity in developed countries, too little attention is paid to the physical & psychological health needs of new mothers after childbirth. #GlobalHealth
En 2015, 920 000 d’enfants de moins de cinq ans ont succombé à la pneumonie. Si la communauté internationale ne se mobilise pas, ce seront toujours 800 000 enfants qui en seront victimes en 2030.
Samy AhmarMy op-ed in @libe on #Pneumonia, the world's biggest killer of infants, with 900,000 deaths per year across the world. And here's the catch: 99% of these deaths are completely preventable. #WorldPneumoniaDay #HealthForAll @KevinAtSave@simoniswright
All around the world children are being targeted with impunity. Surely the international community can unite on this issue?, writes Gordon Brown
Samy AhmarWhen @OfficeGSBrown weighs in on the issue of #WarCrimes against children, and adds his voice to that of my boss @KevinAtSave, it produces a MUST READ op-ed to raise the world's consciousness on the atrocity of our time: #ChildrenUnderAttack. #NotATarget
The Tornillo camp originally had a capacity to house 400 children temporarily, now it has 2,400 beds and will remain open at least until the end of the year
Samy AhmarMeanwhile in Texas, US authorities keep cramming children migrants in detention camps : “We’re causing irreparable harm to thousands of children and I think it’s deplorable, despicable, inhumane and un-American and we need to put a stop to it".
Save the Children says two thirds of infants in conflict zones are not being treated for life-threatening hunger
Samy AhmarHappening on our watch : “Using starvation as a weapon of war has become the new normal, with devastating consequences for children. From #Yemen to #SouthSudan the failure to protect children from hunger is putting children at risk.” @savechildrenuk
Samy AhmarNow here is a great job ! Exclusive #Breastfeeding for young infants saves hundreds of thousands of lives. Breastmilk substitutes kill. BMS companies brazely flout @WHO code for marketing their products. @savechildrenuk holds them to account !
In 2015, universal health coverage was included in the Sustainable Development Goals. We have 12 years left to deliver on that promise and the stakes couldn’t be higher, says Save the Children.
Samy AhmarMy colleague @kirstyjmcneill on why the UK has a global leadership role to play in promoting #HealthForAll around the world. #NHS70 proves that quality healthcare for all, free at the point of use is not an ideal, but an achievable goal.
Samy AhmarWe are recruiting THREE health advocates to work in our brilliant team of experts in / champions of #GlobalHealth #UHC #HealthForAll. A superb opportunity to help us advance one of the great causes of the 21st century ! @savechildrenuk@simoniswright
Between innovation and eradication lies an “unsexy middle.” And that’s where leaders come in.
Samy Ahmar@simoniswright thought you might like this one ! "The idea that medical and technological breakthroughs are not enough to eradicate health inequities is core to our model." #GlobalHealth #HealthForAll