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1.2 million people struggle to survive on $1/day or less. They have no access to credit and little hope for a better future.
Microcredit is small loans ($100 or less) to the very poor to start or grow small businesses. The money they earn enables them to:
- feed and clothe their families
- put a roof over their heads
- enroll their children in school
- pull themselves out of poverty
In 1997 RESULTS convened the Microcredit Summit which was attended by 2900 people from 137 countries. The Microcredit Summit reported that it met the ambitious goal to reach 100 million of the world’s poorest families with small loans soon after its target of the end of 2005.
RESULTS has lobbied for increased funding for microcredit and the US is the leader in funding for microcredit.
In 2004 Texas Representatives Bell, Doggett, Edwards, Frost, Green, Lampson, Smith, and Jackson Lee were among the co-sponsors of the "Microcredit Results and Accountability Act" which was signed into law calling for:
- targeting half of microcredit funds to those living on $1/day
- implementing low-cost poverty measurement tools
- establishing an office in the USAID to oversee the funds
At RESULTS’ request, US senators, including Texas Senator John Cornyn, sent a letter to the World Bank requesting they invest a greater percent of their budget in microcredit programs.
1.3 million people die of tuberculosis and another 9 million become sick with active TB every year. One third of the world is infected with the TB bacterium. TB is the leading cause of death among people who are HIV-positive.
$15 worth of drugs can cure most cases of TB. Directly Observed Treatment Short Course (DOTS) ensures a steady supply of drugs so that patients can take a full six-month course to eradicate the TB completely.
In the last five years, India’s DOTS program has trained 600,0000 health care workers who have reached 80% of the population and treated 4 million people. Cure rates have increased from 30% to 84%.
RESULTS has lobbied for increased funding for tuberculosis.
1997 - $1 million
1999 - $15 million
2000 - $23 million
2001 - $60 million
2002 - $75 million
2003 - $80 million
2004 - $85 million
2005 - $90 million
2006 - $92 million
2007 - $92 million
2008 - $162 million
2009 - $162 million
2010 - $225 million
2011 - $225 million
2012-2014 - $236 million
RESULTS lobbies for funding for the Global TB Drug Facility to ensure a steady supply of low-cost drugs to effective programs worldwide.
In 2001 Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison introduced an amendment calling for a funding increase of $10 million since exposure to TB is a military preparedness issue for our service men and women overseas.
In March 2005 for World TB Day, Texas RESULTS partners generated 22 media pieces bringing attention to the issues of tuberculosis.
18,000 children die every day from preventable diseases and malnutrition… diseases such as measles, diarrheal disease and pneumonia. Countries with high child death rates are also those with high population growth. As parents are able to keep their children alive, they have smaller families.
A 26¢ vaccination prevents measles.
Oral rehydration salts revive children dehydrated from diarrhea.
Low-cost antibiotics cure respiratory infections.
Micronutrients and vitamins combat blindness and mental retardation.
RESULTS has lobbied for increased funding for Child Survival and Maternal Health programs and for UNICEF.
Child Survival funding Under age 5 deaths/year
1985 - $25 million
1987 - $75 million 16.6 million
1989 - $100 million 14.9 million
1991 - $225 million 14.4 million
1993 - $275 million 13.2 million
1995 - $280 million 12.5 million
1997 - $300 million 11.6 million
1999 - $300 million 10.6 million
2000 - $310 million 10.5 million
2001 - $325 million 10.6 million
2002 - $340 million 10.6 million
2003 - $350 million 10.6 million
2004 - $358 million 10.5 million
2005 - $375 million 10.1 million
2006 - $360 million 9.7 million
2007 - $360 million 9.2 million
2008 - $446.5 million 8.8 million
2009 - $495 million 8.1 million
2010 - $474 million 7.6 million
2011 - $474 million 6.9 million
2012 - $606 million 6.6 million
2013 - $627 million
2014 - $705 million
57 million primary school aged children, mostly girls, are not in school. An additional 225 million adolescents will never attend secondary or high school. School fees are the biggest barrier preventing poor children from attending school. Inability to pay school fees in Africa is the number one reason families do not adopt AIDS orphans.
Elimination of school fees would allow millions of children to attend school.
For girls, every year of education beyond grade 3 results in
- 20% higher wages over her lifetime
- 10% reduction in birth rates
- 10% fewer child deaths
RESULTS has advocated for increased funding for basic education.
1999 - $98 million
2000 - $98 million
2001 - $103 million
2002 - $165 million
2003 - $218 million
2004 - $325 million
2005 - $400 million
2006 - $465 million
2007 - $465 million
2008 - $694 million
2009 - $700 million
2010 - $925 million
2011 - $925 million
2012-2014 - $800 million
In 2004 RESULTS successfully advocated for a $15 million pilot program to help eliminate school fees in developing countries. USAID was going to do a study. RESULTS pressed members of Congress to ask USAID to use the money to actually eliminate fees in one or two countries. USAID called on RESULTS to help form a plan.
In 2005 the House and Senate passed the "Assistance for Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children in Developing Countries Act of 2005". It calls for assistance for school fees for AIDS orphans. This bill was co-sponsored by Texas Representatives Doggett, Al Green, Gene Green, Jackson-Lee, Johnson and Gonzalez.
Eloise Sutherland joined the Austin RESULTS group in the 90s. Through her Just Faith group at church she had learned about poverty around the world and was introduced to RESULTS from a partner who belonged to that group. She had trouble grasping that 35,000 children die every day of preventable diseases and really doubted that it could be changed but felt compelled to do her part, driven by God, to try to make a difference. One step at a time... writing a letter to the editor, calling the office of her representative, talking to her friends... she began to find her voice.
Eloise receives award from Dr. Eduardo Sanchez
Commissioner, Texas Department of State Health Services
On Sunday 10/292006 Mark went to the Texas Book Festival. It's kind of a big deal, featuring Gore Vidal and Barack Obama this year. He didn't get to see them, but did go to a session with Joseph E. Stiglitz, a Nobel prize winner in economics. Sitting in the House Chamber of the Texas capitol with 170 people, he listened to Stiglitz discuss his new book, "Making Globalization Work".