Lack of information and unsafe abortions: how the global gag rule affects girls and women in Kenya

Evelyn Samba Development Cooperation, Kenya, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Uncategorised

Right after assuming the office in January 2017, the Trump administration reinstated the so-called Global Gag Rule. Also known as Mexico City Policy, it blocks US funding for international NGOs which offer information or services regarding abortion, or who simply stand by a woman’s right to choose. The effects of the Global Gag Rule are increasingly being felt in DSW’s project …

Silvia poses with her mother

“I’ll have a better future than my mum“: peer educator Silvia talks about Kenyan Mother’s Day traditions

Rena Föhr Kenya, Population Dynamics, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Success Stories, Youth Empowerment

INTERVIEW: MALENE HUMMEL / TRANSLATION: RENA FÖHR & EOGHAN WALSH Silvia Bulali is a 25-year-old peer educator trained by DSW Kenya. She teaches young people about sexual health and contraception. Today, Silvia tells us about Kenyan Mother’s Day traditions and how it is being a mother in her country. Silvia, how is Mother’s Day celebrated in Kenya? Silvia: we show …

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 …

Kenya: Investment for family planning improving, more needed to meet commitments

Collins Baswony Kenya, News, Uncategorised

Kenya is making progress towards ensuring access to family planning services, an analysis by Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (DSW) has shown. The budget analysis conducted by Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (DSW) examined the national budget and the budgets of 11 counties. The county budget information analysed include those of Bungoma, West Pokot, Uasin Gishu, Trans Nzoia, Nandi, Nakuru, Laikipia, Nyandarua, Meru, Nairobi, …

DSW in 2016 – dispatch from Kenya!

Evelyn Samba Development Cooperation, Introducing..., Kenya, News, Support for Girls in Development, Youth Empowerment

Since the year 2000, DSW has been working with Kenyans enabling them to work towards a healthy future for all. We have done this by supporting a conversation about sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and what this means for Kenya’s efforts of improving health outcomes. We operate from Nairobi with a liaison office in Mombasa and programme interventions …

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 …

The future is mine – nothing can stop me!

Shane O'Halloran Sexual and Reproductive Health, Support for Girls in Development, Uganda, Youth Empowerment

In this day and age, it is staggering to think that although women and girls make up half of the world’s population, they continue to represent over 70% of the world’s poor. Creating a more equitable and sustainable future means building better opportunities in education, health and employment. This not only has benefits for women and girls, but also creates …

Taking Stock: Family Planning access in Kenya faces challenges

Howard Akimala Kenya, Sexual and Reproductive Health

Although the government’s commitment to ensuring family planning access in Kenya, and making sure reproductive health services are available to all Kenyans, is spelled out in the National Reproductive Health Policy, the availability and access of family planning commodities and reproductive health medicines in health facilities remains limited in many areas. This was evident from findings of the Kenya Health Facility Assessment …

Kenya must invest in youth friendly sexual and reproductive health services to stem rising HIV infections

World AIDS Day 2016: Kenya Must Invest to Stem Rising HIV Infections

Collins Baswony HIV & AIDS, Kenya

Kenyan youth, especially young women, are the most at risk age group for new HIV infections according to data published by the National AIDS Control Council. Nearly two out of every ten new HIV infections in Kenya are those of young women between the age of 15 – 24 years. There are several reasons that the National AIDS Control Council …

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 …

Understanding EU-African relations – visiting Brussels

Imali Ngusale Development Cooperation, Kenya

In July, I had the privilege of visiting the DSW Office in Brussels with the aim of obtaining a comprehensive induction on EU advocacy, EU Budget instruments, and consultations with the representatives from the EU Member States so to advocate for the inclusion of unmet family planning needs in the upcoming EU calls for Kenya. EU ties to Africa While in …

Family Planning in East Africa: partnering to increase funding

Imali Ngusale Kenya, Population Dynamics

In late august, we were delighted to welcome to Mombasa some of our closest partners in family planning advocacy. The purpose of the invitation was to bring our collaborators around the table to discuss how we can better improve access to funding for family planning in East Africa. With the economic context always evolving, and donor organisations and governments regularly …

family planning youth champions

Kenya: creating the next generation of family planning youth champions

Collins Baswony Kenya, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Youth Empowerment

Following a recent four-day training workshop for family planning youth champions conducted by DSW, 26 youth from eight counties in Kenya are now better equipped to advocate for more and better funds for family planning from the public sector. The training workshop covered topic areas critical for family planning advocacy, including understanding family planning concepts, the budget-making process, the public participation framework, …

A look at…DSW Kenya!

Shane O'Halloran Development Cooperation, Introducing..., Kenya, News, Support for Girls in Development, Youth Empowerment

Since the year 2000, DSW has been working with Kenyans enabling them to work towards a healthy future for all. We have done this by supporting a conversation about sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and what this means for Kenya’s efforts of improving health outcomes. We operate from Nairobi with a liaison office in Mombasa and programme interventions …

Empowering Young Adolescents in Kenya!

Shane O'Halloran Development Cooperation, HIV & AIDS, Support for Girls in Development, Youth Empowerment

From March 9 to 10, DSW hosted an event to celebrate the amazing outcomes as a result of the Young Adolescents Project (YAP) in Kenya. This project was established by DSW, in collaboration with Bayer AG, in 2012 to address many of the challenges facing young people living within in Kilifi County, a region of Kenya. Before the start of …