These people will give you hope and inspiration: meet activists from the European Development Days

Rena Föhr Development Cooperation, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Success Stories, Support for Girls in Development, Youth Empowerment

What can you learn from a 78-year-old Peruvian activist, a young biomedical scientist from Nigeria, and a child marriage survivor from Uganda? At the European Development Days, we talked and listened to them to find out. BY RENA FÖHR & ALICE BRIDGWOOD Mamá Lucinda, Peru While others retire, Lucinda Terrazas is busy building her dream.  The 78-year-old Peruvian is a …

ena, Alice and Njeri having lunch in the centre of Nairobi

Sex and Nairobi City: Three very different women talk contraception, consent, and sex education.

Rena Föhr Kenya, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Youth Empowerment

What is it like to be a woman in Kenya, in Germany, and in England? On International Women’s Day, DSW’s Alice, Njeri and Rena talk about condom exhibitions, not being able to afford contraception, and what we demand from our governments.   Tell us about your sex education in school?  Njeri: In Kenya, we didn’t learn about contraceptives in school. We …

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 …


London Calling! Joining the fight for family planning funding

Renate Baehr Uncategorised

Hectic activity in County Hall, very close to the UK Houses of Parliament in Westminster. People from all nations are gathered together in small groups, debating each other with great interest. I am at the “Family Planning 2020” (FP2020) family planning conference. International representatives from governments, organisations and the private sector are meeting to discuss the rights of girls and …

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. …

Demographic Health Survey: Kenya shows big improvements in family health and household environment

Howard Akimala HIV & AIDS, Population Dynamics, Sexual and Reproductive Health

Kenya has made significant steps in family health indicators over the past five years as indicated in the just released Demographic Health Survey (KDHS). Results from the 2014 KDHS show a continued decline in the total fertility rate (TFR). Fertility decreased from 4.6 in 2008-09 to 3.9 in 2014, the lowest TFR ever recorded in Kenya. This is corroborated by …

WCD Reflections – know your choices

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

During the recent World Contraception Day celebrations on September 26, DSW took time out to talk to some youth in Mombasa on what the day meant to them. While there is no universal understanding of how the day came about, many of them recognise the increasing role they have to play in ensuring a sustainable population. Juma Hassan (not his …

World Contraception Day 2015 – 5 facts you probably didn’t know about SEX

Eoghan Walsh Population Dynamics, Sexual and Reproductive Health

World Contraception Day 2015 is just around the corner – tomorrow – so we thought it was high time that we educated our readers on sex. but, we figured, you know all about why and when to use condoms and other types of contraception. So instead we thought we would bring you some little-known facts about all things sex and contraception!

€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 …

WPD 2015: Kenya Joins rest of the World in Marking Population Day

Howard Akimala Population Dynamics, Sexual and Reproductive Health

Kenya joined the rest of the world in celebrating World Population Day on 11th July. This year’s celebrations were held in Narok County with calls on the 47 counties to develop policies aimed at ensuring the wellbeing of vulnerable sections of the community in times of emergencies. The event was attended by hundreds of locals who took part in a …