DSW at Packard Foundation’s Bi-Annual Grantee Workshop

Esayas Meskel Youth Empowerment

A two-day long bi-annual Packard’s Grantees meeting was hosted by the David & Lucile Packard Foundation in Addis Ababa on 23 and 24 February 2015 at Hilton Hotel. Being one of the invited panelists, DSW was represented by Feyera Assefa, interim country director of DSW Ethiopia who presented a power-point comprehensive report on the wisdom of DSW’s intervention to help …

Gavi Replenishment 2015: Healthy children with a healthy future – a better world is within our grasp

Renate Baehr Youth Empowerment

This is a year of opportunity. Not only will 2015 see the birth of a new development framework to ensure global sustainability, it will also be the year when the world’s nations help secure a better future for millions of children living in poverty.

#LetsSaveLives: If you do one thing today, support global health research and development

Renate Baehr Youth Empowerment

Working for DSW for over 20 years, I have witnessed the terrible suffering that HIV & AIDS, malaria, TB, and other neglected tropical diseases wreak on people living in poverty. These awful diseases rob millions of young people of their futures. They have disastrous consequences for families and communities. They are responsible for holding back huge numbers of people across …

European Week of Action for Girls 2014 – Securing a brighter future for girls

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

This year I celebrate twenty years working for DSW (Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung). During this time, I have been fortunate to witness significant progress in advancing the cause of young women and girls. Their ability to choose their own futures is vital, not only for their own social and economic development, but also for the communities in which they live. They …

DSW’s Annual Report 2013-2014: Empowering People for a Healthy Future

Renate Baehr Youth Empowerment

Over the past twenty years, DSW has been striving for a world where girls are treated equally, where women have access to modern contraceptives and can decide freely when and how many children they want to have, an end to poverty-related diseases, and a world where young people everywhere can achieve their full potential. This latest edition of DSW’s Annual …

IYD 2014 – Improving sexual and reproductive health and rights for young adolescents in Kenya

Renate Baehr Youth Empowerment

It’s not easy to be a young person living in Kenya today. Compared with adults, adolescents are at higher risk of illness and even death from pregnancy related complications, HIV infection, or other sexually transmitted infections. In addition, unintended pregnancy is often the main cause for girls leaving formal education, the consequences of which can take a toll on their …

Enter Curious! Our meeting with the Gates Foundation in Seattle

Shane O'Halloran Youth Empowerment

Last week, my colleagues and I attended a series of high profile meetings in Seattle at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). The meeting was part of a key partner summit meeting that the Foundation organises each year. Seven of us from DSW went to the summit, each of us representing a key area of focus in DSW. My …

#WPD2014 – A startling picture for women and girls

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

This opinion piece by DSW’s Executive Director Renate Baehr originally appeared online at Devex. You can access it on their site here. Nabajju is a young woman living in rural Uganda. While still in school Nabajju, like many girls of her age living in low- and middle-income countries, became pregnant unexpectedly. Unlike many girls in her situation, however, she was lucky …

DSW+European Voice Special Report: “A healthier world – tackling neglected diseases”

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

  Empowering people to take control of their lives and improve their health is at the core of DSW’s work – focusing in particular on the devastating impact on the lives of young men and women caused by HIV and AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, as well as other poverty-related neglected diseases. A crucial part of this work is making sure …

Putting your money where your mouth is – Europe needs to redouble its global health support

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

  This article, written by DSW’s Executive Director Renate Baehr, was originally published at EurActiv yesterday. You can read the original article here.   The issue of vaccinations will take centre stage in Brussels this week. Tomorrow, May 20th, the European Commission will host the GAVI Alliance to discuss its future funding needs as the organisation looks towards expanding its …

Mother’s Day 2014: New UN statistics report that maternal mortality has been halved worldwide

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

  Today is Mother’s Day, and marking this important event a new study published by a number of UN agencies has found that not only has the decline in maternal mortality accelerated since 2000, but that the maternal mortality rate has dropped by 45 per cent worldwide since 1990. The report – launched by the WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, The World Bank, …