New Guttmacher Study: Better Access, Improved Support, More Research!

Lisa Trujillo Sexual and Reproductive Health, Support for Girls in Development, Youth Empowerment

Time is ticking, fast, particularly for very young adolescents aged 10-14 years old. This is a stage in life that is characterised by rapid physical changes, such as the onset of puberty. It also includes very dynamic social and emotional situations that include first-time intimate and sexual experiences for some, as found in a recent study conducted by the Guttmacher …

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 …

German Members of Parliament (MPs) visit DSW ‘s Youth Center

Diana Shuma Population Dynamics, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Success Stories, Support for Girls in Development, Youth Empowerment

DSW Tanzania has been promoting availability of Youth Friendly Services (YFS) since it was established in Tanzania. Through capacity building for services providers, mentoring and availing health centers with youth corner DSW has contributed to increase access and utilization of Family Planning(FP) and  Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH)  services, information and education among youth in the targeted districts. To learn and …

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 …

€2.9M boost for improving maternal and child healthcare in Mombasa County – Kenya

Howard Akimala Population Dynamics, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Youth Empowerment

KENYA: The European Union in conjunction with Mombasa County Government today launched a Ksh. 335million (2.94 Million Euros) three year integrated healthcare programme that will benefit over 47,000 women, children and men from informal settlements of Bangladesh, Maweni, Moroto and Machafukoni. The initiative will be jointly implemented by Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung (DSW), Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA) and the …

Kenya: Senate to debate Reproductive Health Care Bill

Howard Akimala Sexual and Reproductive Health, Youth Empowerment

The Senate in Kenya is currently debating the Reproductive Health Care Bill which among other things proposes to facilitate the provision of adolescent –friendly reproductive health and sexual health information and education. The Bill also obligates national and county governments to provide contraceptives and family planning services, including contraceptive options, counseling, information and education. According to the mover of the …

Kenya Gazettes FP services as part of National Health Insurance cover

Howard Akimala HIV & AIDS, Population Dynamics, Sexual and Reproductive Health

Family planning players in Kenya heaved a sigh of relief as the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) finally included provision of Family Planning (FP) services under its cover. For a long time, the national health insurer as well as private health insurance firms have regarded FP as being a non-core service to end users. This is set to change starting …

Faith to Action: Bringing SRHR and faith-based organisations together to empower young people

Eoghan Walsh Sexual and Reproductive Health, Youth Empowerment

Traditionally, religious practice, faith-based organisations and and sexual health and prevention education rarely meet. But, according to DSW’s Angela Mutegi, this is an out-date view of this relationship. Angela coordinates the communication activities of the Faith to Action project , which brings together faith communities that are committed to educating young people. Here, she tells us about the work of …

DSW lends support to First Lady’s ‘Beyond Zero campaign’

Howard Akimala HIV & AIDS, Sexual and Reproductive Health

On 29th November, DSW joined other partners in lending support to the First Lady of Kenya, Margaret Kenyatta during launch of the 14th mobile clinic in Mombasa County. Only slightly more than 50% of HIV positive pregnant women in Mombasa county attend the four recommended antenatal visits which heightens the risk of mother to child transmission of HIV. Additionally, persons …

World Contraception Day 2014 + GeNext Uganda – Day 6

Eoghan Walsh Global Health, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Youth Empowerment

This Friday – September 26th – DSW along with the rest of the international community will celebrate World Contraception Day 2014. This annual worldwide campaign centers around a vision for a world where every pregnancy is wanted. DSW is a proud partner for World Contraception Day 2014, and this year we are paying particular attention to our hugely successful project GeNext Uganda: “My …