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GRAN Actions for May

ON COVID-19 Pandemic: 

  • Read letter from GRAN Co-Chairs, available here.
  • Please sign the Universities Allied for Essential Medicines petition to the Canadian government asking that any publicly-funded COVID-19 treatment be affordable and accessible for all. You can find the petition here.

On Climate Justice: 

  • For more information on Canada’s international climate finance, and how it can meet the needs of women and girls in developing countries, check out the policy brief developed by the Canadian Coalition on Climate Change and Development. 

ON Access to MEdicines:

  • Access to vaccines:  Please sign the ONE Petition urging global leaders to fully fund Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance at its next replenishment. Gavi finances the purchase of vaccines to immunize almost half of the world's children. The funding that Gavi receives from donors goes directly towards making sure low-income countries have the vaccines they need. It provides vaccinations for some of the most common and deadly diseases, including polio, typhoid, measles and yellow fever. You can access the petition and learn more about the life-saving work of Gavi here.
  • Access to TB treatment: MSF (Doctors without Borders/Médecins sans frontières) has been circulating an e-petition urging pharmeceutical giant Johnson & Johnson to lower the price of bedaquiline, a drug that can treat multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB).  If you've not yet signed this petition you can click here to do so.

On Access to Education: 

GRAN's Education Working Group suggests the following resources for taking the opportunity to learn more about access to education globally :

  • Database: If you would like to know more about the state of education in sub-Saharan Africa, take some time to explore UNESCO’s new data base called the “World Inequality Database on Education” (WIDE).  WIDE highlights the powerful influence of circumstances, such as wealth, gender, ethnicity and location, over which people have little control but which play an important role in shaping their opportunities for education and lives.  Click here. 
  • School closures during coronavirus pandemic: Almost 90% of the world's student population, 1.5 billion young people, have now had their education impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. A total of 165 countries have implemented nationwide school closures. To learn more about how these school closures are impacting the world’s children click here.

  

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