Saving lives

Saving Lives: Europe’s Role in Ending HIV & AIDS

Shane O'Halloran Global Health, HIV & AIDS, Imagine2030, Uncategorised

Today, in recognition of World AIDS Day, sees the launch of two new initiatives from Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (DSW). The first, ‘Imagine2030’ is a new global health focused campaign which aims at raising awareness about the need for increased EU investment in global health innovation if we are to defeat diseases of poverty, such HIV & AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis …

Imagine2030: Seven things you need to know ahead of World AIDS Day

Shane O'Halloran Global Health, HIV & AIDS, Imagine2030, Malaria, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases, Uncategorised

Time is drawing near! Tomorrow, on December 1 (World AIDS Day), Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (DSW) will be launching its campaign “Imagine2030: Invest in Innovation. End diseases of poverty”. The campaign will focus on raising awareness on the need to increase European political and financial support for global health innovation. This is essential if we are to eliminate diseases of poverty …

The power of innovation: ending preventable deaths of mothers and children

Guest Global Health, HIV & AIDS, Malaria, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases

We believe in the power of innovation. Global health innovation to end diseases of poverty – causing the deaths of millions every year – is one of the key issues that we at DSW work on. We have some exciting news to announce later in the year on this, but for now we are delighted to host a guest editorial …

Why we need to finally wipe out TB now

Shane O'Halloran Global Health, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases

What do you really know about tuberculosis? If you are living in a high-income country, I imagine that you’ve probably heard of it but never really given it much thought. If this is the case, you should count yourself lucky, as the disease was one of the top ten causes of death and suffering in 2015. In fact, it has …

Nutrition in Western Kenya – tackling mother and child malnutrition

Howard Akimala Development Cooperation, Global Health, Kenya

The European Union will invest €1.63 million for projects about maternal and child nutrition in Western Kenya, over the next three years in Homa Bay County. Speaking during the commissioning of two projects in September, European Union representative Titus Katembu noted that malnutrition is a major public health concern in Kenya. He pointed out that the country is currently experiencing a rise …

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DSW at the Global Fund Replenishment 2016!

Katja Tielemann Global Health, HIV & AIDS

The Global Fund replenishment conference was recently held in Montreal. DSW’s Katja Tielemann was on the ground for the proceedings. Here’s her take. At the conclusion of the 5th Global Fund Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Montreal, Canada, on September 16-17, the Global Fund announced that pledges totalling US$12.9 billion were made. This is …

DSW joins debate on female genital mutilation at the ‘Warriors’ documentary premier

Collins Baswony Global Health, Kenya, Sexual and Reproductive Health

On the 13th of July 2016, DSW participated in a debate about reproductive health rights at the screening of ‘Warriors’, a documentary following a group of young Maasai men from rural Kenya who formed a cricket team. Apart from telling the story of the cricket team, ‘Warriors’ highlights the issues of female genital mutilation and early marriage, two issues that …

Kenya must keep up efforts to tackle malnutrition, the hidden threat to the country’s development

Collins Baswony Global Health, News, Population Dynamics, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases

By George Kamau Today, it is estimated that the world produces enough food to feed 10 billion people against a population of just over 7.4 billion people. Despite this almost 1 billion people go hungry every day. Over and above the 1 billion people who go hungry every day, another 1 billion people are undernourished, meaning that they suffer from …

Back to the WHA!

Cecile Vernant Development Cooperation, Global Health, News, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases

From May 23 to 26 I had the chance to attend the 69th World Health Assembly (WHA). Like two years ago for my first WHA, this week was packed with interesting debates and relevant discussions related to our advocacy on Global Health, Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda (SDGs), Research and Innovation for poverty-related and neglected tropical diseases (PRNDs), Women’s, Children’s and …

Celebrating World Health Day in Uganda

Esther Namirimu Development Cooperation, Global Health, News

On 29th April 2016, Uganda joined the rest of the world to commemorate World Health Day 2016 at a national function held at Banda Parish grounds in Mityana district of central Uganda. DSW was proud to be there to celebrate the day, which focused on the theme, “Beat diabetes: scale up diabetes prevention, strengthen care, and enhance surveillance,” was presided over by the Minister …

WIW 2016 – Aeras: partnering to advance the best TB vaccine science

Eoghan Walsh Global Health, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases

For the final article of our coverage of World Immunisation Week and the future of vaccines, Ann M. Ginsberg, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer at Aeras – a nonprofit biotechnology organisation developing new, effective tuberculosis (TB) vaccines that are affordable and accessible to all who need them – give us an insight into the opportunities and challenges facing organisations involved in vaccine research. For the …

WIW 2016: Sabin Vaccine Institute – Vaccines for NTDs are a global health priority

Eoghan Walsh Global Health, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases

As we continue our coverage of World Immunisation Week, we give the floor to Alice Carter, who works with the Sabin Vaccine Institute, an organisation involved in NTDs research. Read the other articles here! The Sabin Vaccine Institute (Sabin) is a U.S.-based non-profit organization, made up of scientists, researchers and advocates dedicated to reducing needless human suffering from vaccine preventable …

WIW 2016 – TBVI: “TB research severely underfunded”

Eoghan Walsh Global Health, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases

Our coverage of World Immunisation Week continues, with an interview with Rene Coppens of TBVI, a Europe-based organisation working to advance the development of the next generation of TB vaccines. For more information on the series click here! DSW: Can you tell our readers a little about TBVI? What is the organisation’s goal? Rene Coppens: The TuBerculosis Vaccine Initiative (TBVI) …

WIW 2016: ISGlobal – developing the next generation of vaccines

Eoghan Walsh Global Health, Malaria, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases

As we continue our coverage of World Immunisation Week, and survey the field for the next generation of vaccines, Quique Bassat of ISGlobal talks about the work that they do at their Barcelona-based organisation on disease and vaccine research. For more information on the series click here! Introducing the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) The Barcelona Institute for Global Health …

World Immunisation Week 2016: where are the game-changing vaccines?

Eoghan Walsh Global Health, HIV & AIDS, Malaria, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases

Each year, World Immunisation Week places the spotlight on the achievements made in recent decades in rolling out life-saving vaccines to the people that need them the most, saving millions of lives in the process. Innovation in vaccines has brought us seismic changes in public health in the last 50 years. Smallpox was eradicated, we are on the verge of …