Securing family planning investments in Kenya through public policy advocacy

Collins Baswony Kenya, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Success Stories, Youth Empowerment

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 Sexual and Reproductive Health, Youth Empowerment

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 Youth Empowerment

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 Kenya, News, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Success Stories, Youth Empowerment

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 …

G-Finder 2018: Global aid to fight HIV & AIDS, Malaria surges to highest level in a decade

Eoghan Walsh Global Health, Press Releases

Record increase in EU funding in 2017 to partnerships that support research to fight poverty-related and neglected diseases Download press release here According to new data in the annual G-Finder report published today, both the EU and the UK are slowly closing the gap on the US as the world’s largest supporters of research into HIV & AIDS, TB, malaria …

How we will support voluntary family planning in the new year

Andreas Huebers Sexual and Reproductive Health, Youth Empowerment

Voluntary family planning is a human right. It means that every person has access to methods of contraception and can decide for themselves whether, with whom and when they want to start a family. However, this right is often not granted to women and girls in particular. Andreas Hübers, head of the DSW office in Berlin, writes about where he …

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

Eoghan Walsh 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 …