North Star Alliance is ringing in the New Year with some great news; just this week the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and the Global Fund confirmed the extension of their contract with North Star until the end of March, following which we will enter into “Phase II” of the project. The team from SADC…

Today, as part of our Utrecht office Christmas coffee afternoon, our Director shared the following North Star Christmas Tale (with a nod to his Canadian Christmas tradition roots…) Speaking of optimisation, for you all I’ve got something of a realisation Consider Santa Claus on whom we’re so reliant, His journey is worthy of an ORTEC…

Following on from our piece in the Dutch newspaper, Trouw, last week, below is a translated version in English with thanks to our amazing volunteer translators, Geert, Uschi, and Lorraine. Photo Caption: A North Star Alliance “wellness container” in Kenya, where people on the move can drop in with their health-related questions. PHOTO: JEAN-PAUL BERVOETS “Ebola…

The team are proud to have been included in the Wednesday edition of Dutch newspaper, Trouw, yesterday. As a Dutch based organisation, it is fantastic to receive coverage on our home soil by a national newspaper. We share the article below in Dutch, however an English edition will follow shortly when we have received it…

On World Aids Day 2014, North Star Alliance is again reminded of the fact that by working together, a healthy future for mobile populations is possible. Public-private partnerships are what makes this into a reality, and we are very proud to welcome the Department of Health South Africa – specifically the Free State Department of…

North Star Alliance is proud to confirm that a scoping mission to West Africa is currently taking place, with the aim to identify key areas within which the team can work alongside partnering NGO’s in the fight against Ebola. With a strong background in providing quality health services to mobile and hard-to-reach populations, the organisation…

Good news from the WHO this week: trials on three promising Ebola vaccines are being accelerated and we may just have one of them in the field as early as the first quarter of 2015. A vaccine with even limited efficacy would be welcome news indeed, particularly for the beleaguered healthcare workers, who continue to…

We are facing a global pandemic that will impact millions, with a devastatingly high mortality rate, no known cure, and a slow and embarrassingly inadequate international response. Sound familiar? Not so long ago these very terms were used to describe the HIV/AIDS pandemic. And now, only a few days ago Thomas Frieden, director of the…

We’ve said before that ‘no single organisation, acting on its own, can turn the tide on public health’ – it is only together that we can make long-term change – and this week we’re celebrating the addition of a new partner to our Alliance. Our team in Southern Africa is proud to announce a local…

So, we all agree: the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been lacking, to put it mildly (and some are not putting it so mildly). But this consensus might obscure an even more important conclusion: if the global community had kept their past commitments to Africa we wouldn’t be in the…

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