European Parliament to rest of EU: We need more European R&D funding to fight diseases of poverty

Eoghan Walsh Press Releases, Youth Empowerment

In crucial committee vote on the future EU research programmeHorizon Europe, Members of the European Parliament call for more public fundingto address the burden of AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and other neglectedtropical diseases. Brussels, December 12, 2018:In Strasbourg today, the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly to endorse an ambitious EU research agenda for the next decade. The vote today confirms last month’s …

Speeding Up Access to Healthcare: How Regulatory Harmonisation Can Save Lives and Improve Health in Africa—and how the EU Can Help

Eoghan Walsh Global Health

Our partners at PATH work hard to make sure that thei innovations they are developing to fight diseases of poverty get into the hands of the people that need them most. In December 2018, PATH published a report on one of the issues that stops them doing this – different regulatory regimes. Here. Jenny Blair, Policy & Advocacy Officer, PATH, and Cécile …

The Global Gag Rule – what it means for Kenyan women and girls

Evelyn Samba Youth Empowerment

Two years after the reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy – better known as the Global Gag Rule – what impact is it having on the lives of those people most reliant on external funding to access family planning services. Our Kenya Country Director Evelyn Samba, outlines the realities of the situation in Kenya. What will change? The reinstatement of …

EU Ministers endorse European research funding to fight poverty-related and neglected tropical diseases

Eoghan Walsh Press Releases

In agreeing their position on the EU’s future research programme for 2021-2027 this week, EU Council of Ministers support R&D funding for HIV & AIDS, TB, malaria and other diseases of poverty, but fail to push for an increase in health research funding. Brussels, November 26, 2018: EU research ministers, working under the current Austrian Presidency of the EU Council …

European Parliament demands EU increases support for fight against diseases of poverty

Eoghan Walsh Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases, Press Releases

In crucial committee vote on the future EU research programme Horizon Europe, Members of the European Parliament call for more public funding to address the burden of AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and other neglected tropical diseases. Brussels, November 20, 2018: European Parliamentarians sitting in the European Parliament’s Research and Industry committee voted in Brussels today on their position on the EU’s …

DSW at ICFP 2018 – Day 2: superheroes everywhere

Rena Föhr Youth Empowerment

What an exciting second day in Kigali! While some of us were busy at booth 41 chatting with visitors from all over the world, others started the day right on stage.  George Ouma, DSW Kenya, kicked off a morning session on youth and reproductive health: “In Kenya, many teachers and parents view sexuality as a taboo topic”. His solution: adolescent-friendly …

World Contraception Day 2018 in Ethiopia

Esayas Meskel Ethiopia, Population Dynamics

In partnership with Bayer, German-based multinational pharmaceuticals, the World Contraception Day (WCD) was commemorated on October 22nd 2018 at DSW Youth Development Training Center in Debrezeit (Bishoftu), Ethiopia. This year’s key message was “Your Life, Your Future.” A half-day occasion, which saw the attendance of about seventy enthusiastic in-and-out of school youth, was being spent on a panel discussion. Nearly …

The photo shows Shazline, a four-year-old Kenyan girl with braided hair, looking into the camera, wearing a bright pink jacket.

#RightByHer Photo Exhibition

Rena Föhr Kenya, Sexual and Reproductive Health

Every year we celebrate the International Dialogue on Population and Sustainable Development together with GIZ and amazing partners from all over the world. But this year, we had a premiere: our first international photo exhibition. The photo series Women of Kibera was developed by Brian Otieno in the context of our multi-partner campaign #RightByHer. Meet strong girls and women from age …

Are the SDGs boring? A guest post from Dance4Life

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

The Youth Meet-up in Brussels was organised by DSW, Dance4life and CHOICE for Youth & Sexuality on September 26-27 2018. On the second day, the workshop was hosted by members of the European Parliament, policy advisors, and with assistance from political groups in Brussels. Ten youth representatives from Nepal, Pakistan, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda, Netherlands and Georgia participated in the …

This picture shows two sisters hugging each other and smiling at the camera: on the left side, eight-year-old Lelise, on the right side, 15-year-old Seble.

International Day of the Girl: will these ambitious sisters realize their dreams?

Rena Föhr Ethiopia, Support for Girls in Development

A future pilot and a future lawyer? The sisters Seble and Lelise are self-confident girls who work hard for their future. With support and good policies, they could achieve their dreams – but there are also obstacles. When Lelise, 8, talks about her big sister Seble, she lightens up. “My sister is my tutor. She helps me a lot with …

International Day of the Girl: how Kindu saved his sisters from child marriage

Rena Föhr Ethiopia, Support for Girls in Development

Tomorrow is the International Day of the Girl! In the light of this important date, we will tell stories around girls’ realities, their potential and discriminations they face. Today, let’s start with the story of a true hero who stood up and did right by girls: Kindu Melkenew, 30, saved his youngest sisters from child marriage.  Kindu Melkenew, 30, from Ethiopia, …

Contraception is not just about sex – it’s about saving lives!

Shane O'Halloran Sexual and Reproductive Health, Support for Girls in Development

When I was growing up in Ireland, the sale and advertising of modern contraceptives was banned. As ridiculous as it sounds now, the only way to obtain modern contraceptives was to buy them illegally down dark corners in some of the more dodgy parts of Dublin. Yes, there was a black market for condoms! Fortunately things eased up over the …