Family Planning: between catastrophe, catchpenny policies and consolidated commitments

Stephanie Wutzke Foster

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 Foster

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 Youth Empowerment

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 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 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 Youth Empowerment

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 Youth Empowerment

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 Youth Empowerment

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 Youth Empowerment

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 Youth Empowerment

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 Youth Empowerment

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): …

DSW Reading List – 11th June

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

  Every week we post interesting, provocative, informative and thought-provoking articles that we at DSW have been reading – from global health, to sexual rights, to ODA and the future of development assistance. Enjoy!   – Following the publication by the SDG Open Working Group of their ‘zero draft’ on the future of the SDGs last week, there has been …

World Health Assembly 2014 – post 2015, Newborn health, Global Health and more!

Cecile Vernant Youth Empowerment

                Two weeks ago, I attended the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva for the first time. It was an experience not only in trying to find my way in the UN Palais des Nations or a seat in the limited space for CSOs but for the rich discussions on the post-2015 agenda and …

Celebrating International Nurses Week in Tanzania

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

In Tanzania, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare joined the world to commemorate the International Nurses week (May 9th-12th, 2014) to honour the dedicated services provided by the nursing community. At national level the celebration was conducted in the Arusha region and the climax day was graced by His Excellency President Jakaya Kikwete at Amri Abeid Stadium Arusha. During the …

World Health Assembly 2014 – what to look out for in Geneva

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

Ahead of the start of the 67th Word Health Assembly in Geneva today, DSW’s Cecile Vernant writes at Devex on the key issues to watch out for. This article was originally published on, and can be accessed here. This week the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva brings with it a packed agenda and a whole host of questions around …