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 …

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 …

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 …

Kenya launches HIV situation room

Howard Akimala HIV & AIDS, Youth Empowerment

NAIROBI: Kenya has launched a HIV situation room that will continuously present the HIV Reproduction, Maternal, Neo-natal and Child Health (RMNCH) situation in the country. This was part of the commitment made by the Ministry of Health during the launch of the All In! Global campaign on fast tracking the HIV response among children, adolescents and young people. During a …

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 …

Guest post: 7 Global Health takeaways on the post-2015 negotiations

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

This is a guest post by our partners at the Global Health Technology Coalition (GHTC), written by Marissa Chimola. For more information on the GHTC, visit their website. The article was originally published here. Trying to navigate and understand the post-2015 negotiations can be a challenge, so to help add some clarity, last week the Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC) …

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 …

Population Stories: Media Champions Feted

Howard Akimala Population Dynamics, Sexual and Reproductive Health

Outstanding journalists were last night feted during the 8th annual Kenya Media Network on Population and Development (KEMEP) awards ceremony in Nairobi. The awards which recognise and reward journalistic excellence in the coverage of population & development issues were co-sponsored by UNFPA, National Council for Population & Development (NCPD), DSW and JHPIEGO through its TUPANGE project.

The new European Commission and global health: a new outlook?

Cecile Vernant Development Cooperation, Global Health, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases

Tomorrow, on November 1st, the new College of Commissioners of the European Union will take office. As the world’s largest donor of development assistance, Cecile Vernant of DSW asks what will change with the new European Commission and global health.

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 …