From DSW to Action 4 Health Uganda: interview with Bernard Tusiime

Eoghan Walsh Foster

New organisation meets personal success story: Dr. Bernard Tusiime, who joined DSW in 2006, is now the CEO of Action 4 Health Uganda. A4HU has taken over the operations of DSW Uganda, and remains affiliated to DSW in Germany. We asked Bernard three questions about his journey, lessons learned, and future dreams.   You joined DSW Uganda 12 years ago. …

Big, colourful, international: celebrating the launch of Action 4 Health Uganda

Rena Foehr Foster

IN COOPERATION WITH BERNARD TUSIIME / ACTION 4 HEALTH UGANDA Action 4 Health Uganda (A4HU) is a new youth empowerment organisation dedicated to mainstream young people’s engagement in socio-economic development and promoting sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR). It was registered as an entity to take over the operations of DSW Uganda, and remains affiliated to DSW in Germany. This …

Sexual and reproductive health and rights at risk in next EU budget without dedicated investment

Eoghan Walsh Advance

Brussels, June 6, 2018: At the Brussels launch of the Guttmacher-Lancet Commission on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) report this week, civil society representatives called on the European Union to make a dedicated commitment to SRHR and family planning in the EU’s next multi-annual budget. Following on from the recommendations in the Guttmacher-Lancet Commission report, the EU must …

How can we achieve universal access to SRHR? Three key lessons from the new Guttmacher-Lancet report

Rena Foehr Advance

Almost everyone in the world will lack access to sexual and reproductive health services at some point in their life. This is one of the most alarming findings of a ground-breaking new report on SRHR recently published by the Guttmacher-Lancet Commission. But there’s good news too: fixing this situation would be affordable, and have a positive impact not only on health, …

ena, Alice and Njeri having lunch in the centre of Nairobi

Sex and Nairobi City: Three very different women talk contraception, consent, and sex education.

Rena Foehr Empower

What is it like to be a woman in Kenya, in Germany, and in England? On International Women’s Day, DSW’s Alice, Njeri and Rena talk about condom exhibitions, not being able to afford contraception, and what we demand from our governments.   Tell us about your sex education in school?  Njeri: In Kenya, we didn’t learn about contraceptives in school. We …

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 …

FP2020

London Calling! Joining the fight for family planning funding

Renate Baehr Foster

Hectic activity in County Hall, very close to the UK Houses of Parliament in Westminster. People from all nations are gathered together in small groups, debating each other with great interest. I am at the “Family Planning 2020” (FP2020) family planning conference. International representatives from governments, organisations and the private sector are meeting to discuss the rights of girls and …

It’s Time to Take Action!

Shane O'Halloran Advance

For over twenty-five years, DSW has advocated on the right of women everywhere, especially those living in countries of poverty, for complete access to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) services, information, and supplies. We remain fully convinced that empowering young women – by reducing gender inequalities, by listening to their needs, and by including their voices in development …

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

Shane O'Halloran Advance

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 …

I am not going to talk about it

Shane O'Halloran Foster

Today, on the occasion of the release of the latest WHO annual World Health Statistics report, I have decided that I am not going to talk about: The fact that more than 3,000 young adolescents die every single day from causes that are largely preventable. The fact that the leading cause of death for girls and young women aged 15–19, …

We Stand United with UNFPA

Shane O'Halloran Advance

  For those of us working to secure women’s rights, to ensure that women and girls living in countries affected by extreme poverty gain the ability to choose their own path in life free threats of violence, coercion, and discrimination; today’s decision by the Trump administration to halt funding for the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) came as a massive blow.

World TB Day 2017

World TB Day 2017 – EU support needed to defeat tuberculosis

Eoghan Walsh Advance

On World TB Day 2017, If Europe is serious about ending the epidemic of tuberculosis by 2030, EU leaders need to commit more funding and support for global health innovation. Brussels, March 23, 2017: Ahead of World TB Day 2017 on March 24, and as part of the international campaign “Unite to end TB”, DSW is calling for European politicians to …