The Dapivirine Ring: “A testament to what partnerships can achieve” in women’s health

Eoghan Walsh Global Health, HIV & AIDS

DSW is a strong advocate of the need for innovation to respond to the health challenges facing the young men and women that we work with in eastern Africa. To acknowledge the achievements made in women’s health, we wanted to give the floor to those who are working at the forefront of innovation in health, we spoke to Zeda F. …

5 technologies that are obsolete…and 1 that should be. Or, why the TB vaccine needs to go the way of the cassette tape

Eoghan Walsh Global Health, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases

  The 20th century was witness to revolutionary inventions and public health advances. We conquered polio and smallpox. We invented the internet, mastered organ transplant and empowered millions of people around the world to leave extreme poverty behind. Many of the technological marvels of the last 100 years have now been made obsolete by better and more efficient technology. Take …

International Women’s Day 2016: What about access to reproductive health services for Kenyan women and girls?

Collins Baswony Global Health, Population Dynamics

By Dr. George Kamau Today, Kenya joins the rest of the world in celebrating our women as we commemorate International Women’s Day 2016. We, as a country, can use the International Women’s Day as an opportunity to evaluate and renew our commitment to improve the well-being of our women and girls. Kenya stands to reap greatly from investing in girls …

The EU’s response to Zika: Old wine in new bottles?

Cecile Vernant Global Health, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases

This article was originally published by EurActiv.  Having been on the cusp of announcing an end to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa at the end of 2015, we have been plunged into another public health emergency as the scale and spread of the Zika virus has grown. As with Ebola, the Zika outbreak in Brazil and its later spread …

Female Genital Mutilation: time to end a practice affecting 200 million women and girls

Eoghan Walsh Global Health, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Support for Girls in Development

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a horrific practice that causes undue pain, suffering and long term damage to women all over the world. As part of the lead-in to the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, Unicef have released a report which estimates that at least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone female genital …

“We need more money for R&D on diseases of poverty!” – an interview with DSW

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

This interview originally appeared on Rural 21, The International Journal for Rural Development. To read the original, please read it here. Given the magnitude of the problem, spending on research into poverty-related and neglected tropical diseases is by far not sufficient. Are experiences with the recent Ebola epidemic and the resolutions adopted by this year’s G7 Conferences going to bring about …

Global health innovation takes centre stage in Brussels this week

Magdalena Dall Global Health, HIV & AIDS, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases

Global Health innovation is about to take Brussels by storm. We are winding down on what has been an important year for international development – we’ve seen the agreement on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, celebrated the European Year for Development, and are now witness to the negotiations in Paris on the future of climate action. Before we turn …

How to make health R&D fashionable… and get your lunch stolen by a bird: the 5th ANDI stakeholders meeting

Lisa Goerlitz Global Health, HIV & AIDS, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases

The 15% of the world population living in Africa, currently shoulder around 24% of the global disease burden, while only 1% of the world’s healthcare expenditure is made here. So indeed, “statistics can be depressing” as a delegate of the 5th stakeholder meeting of the African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation (ANDI) rightly said when summarising the very first …

World AIDS Day 2015: We have ‘never been closer’ to a medical breakthrough

Eoghan Walsh Global Health, HIV & AIDS

To mark World AIDS Day 2015 two champions of the fight against diseases of poverty in the European Parliament, Theresa Griffin and Linda McAvan (both MEPs), write at The Parliament Magazine about how we can harness innovation to turn the tide on HIV and AIDS. Read the original article here. As the European Year for Development draws to a close this …

FP2020: Securing a better future for women and girls!

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

According to the latest Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) progress report ‘Commitment to Action 2014-2015’, more women and girls than ever before are now voluntarily using modern contraceptives to delay or even avoid a pregnancy in the world’s poorest countries. Measured since the landmark 2012 London Summit on Family Planning, the report details achievements in the global family planning movement. In …

Global handwashing day: Preventing diarrheal diseases with soap and water

Howard Akimala Global Health, Youth Empowerment

Global Handwashing Day is a global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of hand washing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. It is celebrated on 15th October each year and provides an opportunity to design, test, and replicate creative ways to encourage people to wash their hands …

Tanzania is working together for a better future

Easter Development Cooperation, Global Health

DSW Tanzania has conducted a series of meetings through its advocacy initiative known as Building Experts in Youth and Organizations for National Positions on the post-2015 Development Agenda (BEYOND), which seeks to engage Civil Organizations (CSO), youth and key stakeholders to ensure that population dynamics, youth and SRHR are featured in the new agenda and national plans.

Improving Health Care Is a Top Priority for Publics in Sub-Saharan Africa

Eoghan Walsh Global Health, HIV & AIDS

Guest post by Katie Simmons, Associate Director of Research, Pew Research Center As we head into the seventh World Health Summit, a new survey from Pew Research Center finds many people in sub-Saharan Africa are unhappy with the quality of their health care and want health to be one of the top development priorities for their country’s future.

Where are we with Malaria?

Shane O'Halloran Development Cooperation, Global Health, HIV & AIDS, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases

Malaria falls under the category of a poverty-­related and neglected diseases, a list which also includes a host of life threatening diseases such as HIV & AIDS, and tuberculosis. Children especially are more prone to these diseases and it is estimated that 1.5 billion children still die each year – deaths which could be easily prevented by a simple vaccine. …