Topic

poverty

28 petitions

Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to The General Public, UNICEF, United Nations

Feed the hungry and cloth the cold.

Nigerians are hungry, and this is no exaggeration or fairy tale. Insecurity, food shortages, non-paymtent of salaries, loss of jobs and intense recession and other distractions are compromising the food security and nutrition of millions in the country.Many people are stuck in the poverty trap from which there is no immediate hope for liberation. Hunger is currently a national emergency, scattered across the length and breadth of country are men, women and children living or dying of acute hunger or starvation. Experts say the amount of food needed by the average person varies according to age, sex, body size, physical activity and, to some extent, climate. But millions of Nigerians are subsisting on significantly less than the recommended 2,100 kilocalories that the average person requires to allow a normal, healthy life. While the hunger situation may not be the same as high profile crises in war-torn areas or those hit by natural disaster, which starve a population of food, the nation's hunger emergency is nevertheless paramount. No thanks to the hunger situation, almost 30 percent of Nigerian children are underweight. Statistics from UNICEF, reveal that Nigeria is facing a crisis of malnutrition and has recently overtaken India with the highest number of stunted children, the figures are daunting. With a population of over 190 million, the proportion of the undernourished in total population over the last two years averages 7.0 percent. The number of people undernourished has decreased steadily over the years from 28.0 million in 1990-1992 to 11.2 million in 2000-2002; 2005-2007, 9.3 million; 2010-2012, 10.2 million; 2014-2016, 12.9 million, 15.4 million; 2017-2018. According to UNICEF 205 children could die a day if nothing is done to stop starvation in Nigeria. Under the World Food Programme (WFP), The Nigerian Food and Security Sector has collaborated with the Nutrition Sector -“The Food Security Sector and the Nutrition Sector has increased collaboration over the course of 2017, including initiating the process of developing joint Food Security and Nutrition products to illustrate where joint programming exists and identify opportunities for joint programming going forward. The Nigeria Food Security Sector and Nutrition Sector joined colleagues from other countries at a joint meeting in Rome in May 2017 that resulted in a Call for Action endorsed by agencies working in both humanitarian Nutrition and Food Security programming. This Call for Action identifies several steps that should be taken to improve collaboration between Nutrition and Food Security sectors in promoting joint programming and integrated responses that are based on vulnerability and composite indicators, addressing all the factors that contribute to increased malnutrition, disease, and mortality within humanitarian contexts. While we wait for all higher bodies involved to make changes, you can make your own little change, which also makes a great impact. You never know you could be saving a life today by signing this petition! Hence it is an enabler in raising funds For providing meals to the poor. Remember ever one deserves to live a healthy life!

D.O FOUNDATION
26 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Theresa May MP, jeremy hunt mp, UK Parliament

Give Our NHS Back, it belongs to the people.

This article from the Independent tells us part of what`s happening and why we need to bring NHS contracts back in house, our health care system must be about care, not profit!!!  From the Independent: "NHS spending on care provided by private companies has jumped by £700m to £3.1bn with non-NHS firms winning almost 70 per cent of tendered contracts in England last year. Private care providers were awarded 267 out of a total of 386 contracts made available in 2016-17, including the seven highest value opportunities, worth £2.4bn. Richard Branson’s Virgin Care scooped a record £1bn worth of contracts last year, meaning the company now has over 400 separate NHS contracts, making it the dominant private provider in the NHS market. Failing privatisation of probation services putting public at riskMP warns of ‘galloping privatisation’ of NHS after Virgin contract winStephen Hawking joins lawsuit fighting against ‘NHS privatisation’Ministers warned over ‘botched’ privatisation plan for court finesThe extent of Virgin Care’s portfolio has angered campaigners, as the company pays no tax in the UK, and its parent company is registered in the British Virgin Islands – a tax haven. Virgin Care also sued six NHS commissioning care groups (CCGs) last year after it failed to win an £82m care contract, losing out to an NHS provider and two social enterprises. The figures, revealed in a report by campaign group the NHS Support Federation, undermine repeated government claims that private companies play a small role in NHS care provision. They also undermine NHS chief executive Simon Stevens’ stated plans to end the market structure of the NHS which currently gives separate roles to purchasers and providers. Mr Stevens has said that system, first brought in under Margaret Thatcher’s government, should be replaced with greater integration and joint planning between care providers. NHS Support Federation director Paul Evans said: “Ending the era of NHS organisations competing for contracts to treat patients is welcome, but promoting new roles, on its own, closes no doors on commercial involvement in the NHS. Thousands sign petition demanding Branson hands back money to NHS“New legislation is needed and that been postponed as part of the political fallout of the election result. The existing competition framework and tendering rules therefore still apply. Companies are continuing to win new NHS contracts and there are signs of investment shifting towards the new opportunities being created in community based care.” The organisation also warned that as the existing legal framework for putting contracts out to tender is to remain in place, significant further privatisation of the health service can be expected. Current trends suggest the private sector will win a further £10bn of NHS clinical contracts over the next three years. The news follows a forecast by the International Monetary Fund that the NHS may have to be privatised if the UK is to meet its budget deficit by 2025, a suggestion refuted by the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. “IMF wrong to put NHS privatisation on the table. It was founded on the back of a white paper by a Conservative Health Minister in 1944, makes us proud to be British & will remain a National Health Service under this or any Government,” he tweeted earlier this month. A Department of Health spokesperson told The Independent: “Spend on private healthcare by the NHS accounts for just 8 pence of every pound and this Government is fully committed to a world class NHS owned and funded by the British taxpayer and free at the point of the use, now and in the future. “Decisions about use of the private sector, charities, social enterprises or other organisations, such as Macmillan Nurses, who provide vital patient services, are taken by local doctors who know their patients best.”" http://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/nhs-privatisation-contracts-virgin-care-richard-branson-jeremy-hunt-a8134386.html  Yesterday, Theresa May refused to rule out giving US companies access to NHS contracts: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/feb/07/theresa-may-refuses-to-rule-out-nhs-contracts-from-us-trade-deals

Daren Howe
16,686 supporters