I am not going to talk about it

Shane O'Halloran Global Health, Support for Girls in Development, Youth Empowerment

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, …

WHO on World TB Day: “The world’s most dangerous infectious killer”

Eoghan Walsh Global Health, Tuberculosis

World Tuberculosis Day, falling on March 24 each year, brings attention to a disease that affects one third of the world but is poorly understood by many people. To get an expert insight into the current state of the fight against TB, we spoke to Dr Mario Raviglione, Director of the Global TB Programme at the World Health Organization (WHO).

Why we need to finally wipe out TB now

Shane O'Halloran Global Health, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases

What do you really know about tuberculosis? If you are living in a high-income country, I imagine that you’ve probably heard of it but never really given it much thought. If this is the case, you should count yourself lucky, as the disease was one of the top ten causes of death and suffering in 2015. In fact, it has …

DSW’s Women Deliver Daily Diary – Day 1: “Sisters are doin’ it for themselves”

Eoghan Walsh Development Cooperation, News, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Support for Girls in Development, Youth Empowerment

The sound of “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves” (more on the Eurythmics below) subsided as over 5,000 people from all over the world shuffled into the main plenary hall at Copenhagen’s Bella Center. Women Deliver President Jill Sheffield took the stage, welcomed the crowd and introduced the first speaker. The fourth Women Deliver conference was underway. DSW at Women Deliver – …

The EU’s response to Zika: Old wine in new bottles?

Cecile Vernant Global Health, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases

This article was originally published by EurActiv.  Having been on the cusp of announcing an end to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa at the end of 2015, we have been plunged into another public health emergency as the scale and spread of the Zika virus has grown. As with Ebola, the Zika outbreak in Brazil and its later spread …

Global health innovation takes centre stage in Brussels this week

Magdalena Dall Global Health, HIV & AIDS, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases

Global Health innovation is about to take Brussels by storm. We are winding down on what has been an important year for international development – we’ve seen the agreement on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, celebrated the European Year for Development, and are now witness to the negotiations in Paris on the future of climate action. Before we turn …

Financing Global Health R&D: “Investments in R&D one of the most effective ways to improve global health”

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

Financing global health R&D is but one of many issues in the global development agenda that the international community will debate in a series of major international events this year. In September in New York, international leaders will agree to the agenda that will follow the Millennium Development Goals. In December, the world will descend on Paris to try to …

Debating Global Health at the European Parliament – focus on the poor!

Eoghan Walsh Development Cooperation, Global Health, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases

On Monday I was invited to present at the European Parliament Development committee for an exchange of views on global health. As you may be aware, April is the month dedicated to health as part of the European Year for Development 2015. It was therefore a great initiative from the European Parliament to organise a debate to look at all …

Defeating neglected tropical diseases – how close are we to beating NTDs?

Eoghan Walsh Global Health, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases

Poverty related and neglected tropical diseases affect more than one billion people around the world. AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) such as Dengue fever and Chagas disease are responsible for the deaths of over 6 million people every year. These diseases are closely linked to chronic and extreme poverty, and disproportionately affect people living in some of …

Why invest in R&D for HIV, TB and Malaria? Because it’s good for global health, and good for Europe

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

Support for global health is at the core of DSW’s advocacy work. One of the four focus areas for the organisation is to have global health policies and financing include and support SRHR. We recognise at DSW recognises the urgent need to improve the global health situation, and we continue to advocate for health improvements in low- and middle-income countries. …

What to Read this Week – July 9th

Eoghan Walsh Development Cooperation, Global Health, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases, Reading List, Sexual and Reproductive Health

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!   – The 7th EDCTP Forum took place in Berlin last week – home to one of our offices! The premier forum in Europe for the latest …

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 …

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

Cecile Vernant Global Health, Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases

                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 …

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

Eoghan Walsh Development Cooperation, Global Health, HIV & AIDS, Sexual and Reproductive Health

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 Devex.com, 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 …

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

Eoghan Walsh Global Health, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Support for Girls in Development

  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, …