Learning more about Obstetric Fistula with Health Care worker, Deborah Eyiiga.

Jemima Jordan Advance, Empower, Female Empowerment, Global Health

Today (May 23) is the United Nations’ International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. Although relatively unknown in the West, Obstetric Fistula is a hugely distressing condition that affects two to three million women and girls in Africa and Asia, with 50,000-100,000 women developing Obstetric Fistula each year. To mark the importance of this day, Right By Her have been speaking to Deborah Eyiiga, …

‘I Am Greater Than HIV’. An Interview with Doreen Moraa

Jemima Jordan Empower, Global Health, Youth, Youth Empowerment

With a recent study showing that men whose HIV infection was fully suppressed by antiretroviral drugs had no chance of infecting their partner, it would be easy to think that the hard work in overcoming the HIV epidemic is over. However, as the ‘State of African Women’ report, published in 2018, shows, there is a still some way to go when it …

World Malaria Day – heralding a vaccine breakthrough

Eoghan Walsh Advance, Global Health

World Malaria Day on April 25 heralded some fantastic news – our partners at PATH’s Malaria Vaccine Initiative announced that they, together with pharmaceutical company GSK, have been working on a malaria vaccine that has now been given regulatory approval by the European Medicines Agency. This is big news – malaria still kills millions of people around the world, and …

MEPs endorse call for increased action on R&D to fight diseases of poverty

Eoghan Walsh Press Release

In Strasburg today, MEPs signed off on the deal struck with EU member states on the future EU research programme Horizon Europe. Download the press release here Strasbourg, April 17, 2019: The European Parliament plenary meeting in Strasbourg today voted overwhelmingly to endorse an ambitious EU research agenda for the period 2021-2028. Today’s vote is an endorsement of the deal …

What Does Family Planning Mean To You?

Jemima Jordan Advance, Female Empowerment, Global Health, Youth

Family planning, to my understanding, is about how you see your life, not just how many kids you want to have, it’s about how you want your life to be and what goals you want to achieve. -Daniel Mboya, Group Leader, Tarumbeta Afrika In my understanding, family planning means having children according to your means and financial stability. It’s important …

International Women’s Day in Brussels – Advocating for Africa’s youth

Eoghan Walsh Empower

As part of our celebrations for International Women’s Day throughout the month of March, our Brussels team was delighted to welcome Rodah Lochale to Brussels at the end of March. Rodah is a DSW youth champion from the West Pokot region of Kenya, and has spent the last few years working in her community against early and forced marriage and …

DSW Ethiopia Participates at the 30th Anniversary of EPHA’s Conference

Esayas Meskel Advance

On the occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the Ethiopian Public Health Association (EPHA), DSW being one of the participants, it has made its presence visible engaging in a range of activities. The three-day annual event which took place on February 25 -27 2019 in Adama (Nazareth), 80 miles southeast of the capital, DSW exhibited its  various IE-SBCC materials and …

European Parliament votes for more R&D work to fight diseases of poverty

Eoghan Walsh Press Release

In crucial committee vote, MEPs sign-off on the deal struck between the European Parliament and EU member states on the future EU research programme Horizon Europe. Brussels, April 2, 2019: In Brussels today, the European Parliament’s research committee voted overwhelmingly to endorse an ambitious EU research agenda for the next decade. The vote endorses a deal reached by the European …

DSW PARTNER COUNTIES IN KENYA MAKE PROGRESS TOWARDS ACHIEVING FAMILY PLANNING FUNDING COMMITMENTS

DSW partner counties in Kenya make progress towards achieving family planning funding commitments

Collins Baswony Empower

DSW partner counties in Kenya are investing in family planning, a budget analysis conducted by Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (DSW) shows. The budget analysis examined the Budget Policy Statements (BPS), Programme Based Budgets, County Implementation Reports, as well as the Budget Review and Outlook Papers of eleven counties. Additionally, nine out of eleven DSW partner counties in Kenya are making steady …

The EU and SRHR: What I learned about investing in youth and adolescents

Kennedy Chande Empower

The world is now five years into implementing the SDGs. This gets me worried and keep wondering whether we are on track to meet them or not, and more importantly whether the biggest youth generation in history are properly on board in all aspects. DSW conducted a study ‘Investing in Africa’s Youth – How the EU can better support adolescent …

Securing family planning investments in Kenya through public policy advocacy

Collins Baswony Advance

Working with county governments in Kenya to develop Family Planning Costed Implementation Plans to secure domestic family planning funding In 2013, Kenya overhauled the country’s governance system, shifting from a centralized system of governance to a devolved one. One of the functions that was devolved to the new 47 county governments was health services, including family planning. The newly formed …

Investing in Africa’s Youth: How the EU can better support adolescent SRHR

Eoghan Walsh Empower, Enhance

Today (February 6) in Brussels, we’re launching our new landmark report on the EU’s support for adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights in Africa. Get a sneak peek of what’s in the report now! In many African countries, young people are a majority, often accounting for more than 60 percent of the population. Africa’s youth population is expected to …

This is how we fight for the end of female genital mutilation

Mareike Döring Advance, Enhance

A presentation of our project working to end female genital mutilation in Tanzania First of all, the cultural practice that we’re talking about here is called genital mutilation. Out of respect for those affected, we will speak of circumcised girls and women. One former circumciser tells us about the procedure: “We used sharp objects such as a razor blade, scissors …

Nothing for us without us! Empowering the youth in Kenya to advocate for their family planning needs.

Collins Baswony Empower, Enhance

On World Contraception Day 2018, Santa Kagendo, a young woman from Meru County was granted one minute to address the governor of Meru county at the launch event of the Meru County Family Planning Costed Implementation Plan. Her task?  To deliver an important message on behalf of the youth – that the youth of Meru County need access to youth …