Family Planning: between catastrophe, catchpenny policies and consolidated commitments

Stephanie Wutzke HIV & AIDS, Imagine2030, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Support for Girls in Development, Youth Empowerment

Family Planning and the Empowering of Youth on National and Transnational Grounds By reintroducing the Global Gag Rule, the Trump administration has laid down yet another benchmark on their path away from global solidarity and cooperation. The rule gags international NGOs inter alia over offering advice about legal abortion as a requirement in order to receive family planning funding from …

New Guttmacher Study: Better Access, Improved Support, More Research!

Lisa Trujillo Sexual and Reproductive Health, Support for Girls in Development, Youth Empowerment

Time is ticking, fast, particularly for very young adolescents aged 10-14 years old. This is a stage in life that is characterised by rapid physical changes, such as the onset of puberty. It also includes very dynamic social and emotional situations that include first-time intimate and sexual experiences for some, as found in a recent study conducted by the Guttmacher …

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 …

€2.9M boost for improving maternal and child healthcare in Mombasa County – Kenya

Howard Akimala Population Dynamics, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Youth Empowerment

KENYA: The European Union in conjunction with Mombasa County Government today launched a Ksh. 335million (2.94 Million Euros) three year integrated healthcare programme that will benefit over 47,000 women, children and men from informal settlements of Bangladesh, Maweni, Moroto and Machafukoni. The initiative will be jointly implemented by Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung (DSW), Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA) and the …

IWD 2015: Kenya’s First Lady Rallies Thousands to Run for Maternal and Child Health on International Women’s Day

Howard Akimala Population Dynamics, Sexual and Reproductive Health

NAIROBI: The Kenyan First Lady Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta led more than 15,000 runners in the “Beyond Zero” half marathon run to raise funds for maternal and child health on International Women’s Day. Despite its commitment to maternal health care, Kenya still has a high maternal mortality rate of 488 deaths per 100,000 live births. The country had committed to …

Gavi Replenishment 2015: Healthy children with a healthy future – a better world is within our grasp

Renate Baehr Global Health, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases

This is a year of opportunity. Not only will 2015 see the birth of a new development framework to ensure global sustainability, it will also be the year when the world’s nations help secure a better future for millions of children living in poverty.

World AIDS Day: An end to AIDS, if we work hard enough

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

World AIDS Day 2014: this opinion piece, written by four Members of the European Parliament from the UK, was originally published online at Devex. You can access it on their site here. Is an end to AIDS within our lifetime really too much to hope for? The facts might suggest otherwise. According to UNAIDS, in 2013 over 2.1 million people contracted HIV …

“We want to reach every child” – the GAVI Alliance’s CEO on the importance of financing for childhood vaccination

Eoghan Walsh Development Cooperation, Global Health

Occasionally we host guest editorials for partners and colleagues from across the global health community – here GAVI’s CEO Seth Berkley talks about the potential of vaccines to save the lives of children around the world. Today more and more children across the world grow up healthier and without the threat of numerous potentially fatal diseases thanks to vaccines. Yet we …

Fulfilling the Health Agenda for Women and Children: The 2014 Report

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

Countdown to 2015 highlights ‘unfinished business’ in new 2014 report, ‘Fulfilling the Health Agenda for Women and Children’ Countdown to 2015 launches its 2014 Report today, at the Partners’ Forum of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH), in Johannesburg, South Africa. Countdown is a co-sponsor of the Forum, together with PMNCH, A Promise Renewed, and the independent Expert Review …

Highlights from the Budget Speech 2014/15 in Uganda

Julie Najjunju Development Cooperation, Sexual and Reproductive Health

The Minister of Finance Planning and Economic Development each year around 14th June presents the budget speech. This year the budget speech was held on Thursday, 12th June, 2014 at Serena Hotel Kampala. It should be noted that Financial Year 2014/15 budget speech was read in the year of completion of the first phase of the National Development Plan (NDP): …