Why we need to stamp out malaria – now!

Shane O'Halloran Global Health, Malaria

This is a story about a boy called John. John is ten years old and lives with his parents and four siblings in a rundown shack in the Korogocho slum area of Nairobi. John is bright for his age, attends school, and has dreams of becoming a professional footballer someday. Although his family doesn’t have much, they make do with …

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 …

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 …

Every two minutes a child dies from Malaria

Shane O'Halloran Malaria, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases

How long will it take you to read this article? It’s a frightening thought that by the time you finish reading this even more children across the world will have died due to this virus. Malaria is so prevalent, that every day, around 590,000 people become infected, with at least 1,200 dying as a result. That’s over 438,000 victims per …

“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 …

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. …

To meet the global goals, UN must include health R&D indicators in SDG framework

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

This article was originally posted by Erin Will Morton, the Director at our partners Global Health Technology Coalition. You can read the original article here. Later this month global leaders are poised to approve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but a new report commissioned by a leading group of health non-profits including GHTC warns that the SDG targets will not be …

World Population Day 2015: taking stock of the MDGs (part 1)

Eoghan Walsh Development Cooperation, Global Health, HIV & AIDS, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Youth Empowerment

Each year in July when World Population Day comes around, we at DSW like to take stock of the situation of the people living in some the world’s poorest countries. In particular, we want to see how the young men and women that we work with on a day-to-day basis in East Africa – supported them to be empowered and …

The G7 in Germany – a Summit of mixed results

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

Update – a blog by our good friend in Brussels Fraser Goodwin, of Save the Children, has an excellent and more forensic dissection of the results. Read it here. Tuesday saw the end of the G7 Summit in Germany. While we at DSW were delighted to see so many of our issues highlighted during the course of the gathering, the …

European Year for Development 2015 – time to focus on health!

Eoghan Walsh Global Health, HIV & AIDS, Sexual and Reproductive Health

Living in Brussels and working on development, you cannot escape the fact that 2015 has been designated the European Year for Development. Each year, the European Union decides to focus on a particular subject, supporting a debate around that issue and promoting it in its work in EU member states. In the past, there have been years for things like …

World Malaria Day 2015 – making a breakthrough with research and innovation

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

World Malaria Day 2015 is an opportune moment to take stock of the global fight against malaria. It also provides an opportunity to look forward at how we can work together finally beat the disease. For malaria, as much as for any other disease of poverty, finding new and ever-more effective treatments for people living with the disease, as well …

Let’s Save Lives celebrated World TB Day at the European Parliament – a busy week!

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

To celebrate World TB Day, and to mark the end of the “Let’s Save Lives” campaign DSW and partners got together for a Twitter chat on how research & development and innovation can support the fight against diseases of poverty and improve global health. Join the conversation on Wednesday March 25th.

Focused, financed, followed: the recipe for goals delivering zero malaria deaths by 2030

Eoghan Walsh Global Health, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases

The “Let’s Save Lives” campaign – run by DSW and supported by 17 international NGOs and a host of European politicians – is coming to a close, we are inviting some partners to talk about what they really want to see in the fight against HIV & AIDS, TB and malaria. Today, Tamira Gunzburg of ONE’s Brussels office, writes about …