12:59 07/09/2010

Citizen report cards pilot produce promising results

While researching good practice in social accountability – processes that increase civil society participation in government and improve government transparency – I was excited to see a report that provides an excellent example of social accountability from  VSO India.

Social accountability can include initiatives like participatory budgeting or, as piloted by VSO… Read more »

12:59 07/09/2010
A newborn baby

Empower women and men to make informed reproductive health choices

Last week I attended the London Summit on Family Planning.  It was encouraging to hear that donors pledged US$2.6 billion (with a further $2 billion dollars being committed by governments the developing countries) to improving family planning services. This funding recognises that women should have the right to choose whether, when and how many… Read more »

12:59 07/09/2010
Wiza Chilongo and a patient

All the Talents – skill-mixing to improve global health services

In the UK, 13 years ago, it would have been unheard of for a nurse to write a prescription. Today there are hundreds of additional healthcare professionals who can prescribe medicines and are providing a greater level of patient care, proving the initial media pessimism wrong.

This point was made at the UK Parliamentary report… Read more »


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More holistic measures for people living with HIV and AIDS

Today marks the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day. It is therefore timely that VSO’s Regional AIDS Initiative of Southern Africa (RAISA) held its annual conference last week on ‘Social Protection and HIV and AIDS’.

Over 50 conference delegates (a mixture of RAISA partners, volunteers and staff members) heard from a range of… Read more »

AIDS conference

At the end of the AIDS conference, as a VSO participant I should reflect on how well our profile and our priority issues were addressed during the conference, and what should happen next. It has been an exciting event to be part of, and I know from our staff debrief meeting on Thursday that all of… Read more »

Can male circumcision reduce HIV and AIDS?

What is VSO’s position on male circumcision? Does the organisation advocate for males to be circumcised as an approach towards reducing HIV and AIDS? When and how should the procedure be carried out?

You can get answers to the above and many other questions from our newly published paper ‘VSO’s positionRead more »