Family Planning: between catastrophe, catchpenny policies and consolidated commitments

Stephanie Wutzke HIV & AIDS, Imagine2030, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Support for Girls in Development, Youth Empowerment

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 …

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 …

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, …

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120 under 40: DSW project officer selected as family planning leader of tomorrow!

Eoghan Walsh News, Population Dynamics, Uganda

DSW has been working for 25 years to encourage a generation of young people in East Africa to become leaders in their communities, fighting for better access and education around family planning and sexual and reproductive health and rights. It makes us hugely proud, then, when one of our colleagues working in the region is selected as a global youth …

Global handwashing day: Preventing diarrheal diseases with soap and water

Howard Akimala Global Health, Youth Empowerment

Global Handwashing Day is a global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of hand washing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. It is celebrated on 15th October each year and provides an opportunity to design, test, and replicate creative ways to encourage people to wash their hands …

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 …

Y2Y: East African youth need education, employment and health!

Eoghan Walsh Sexual and Reproductive Health, Youth Empowerment

East Africa’s population is young. 64 per cent of the population – an estimated 251 million people are below age 25. Life is not always easy for them. We asked Kennedy Mambo Chande, Y2Y (Youth to Youth) Coordinator at DSW, to tell us about the challenges and opportunities of the East African youth generation.

International Youth Day 2015 – Girls, girls girls!

Eoghan Walsh Development Cooperation, Support for Girls in Development, Youth Empowerment

International Youth Day 2015 has as its theme youth civic engagement. As the UN rightly recognizes, involving young people in the decisions taken by governments and politicians is vital if national and international commitments are to be met and we are able to achieve sustainable human development. However, most of the time the opportunities for young people to engage politically, …

International Youth Day 2015: Youth civic engagement

Howard Akimala Youth Empowerment

Kenya joined the rest of the world on August 12 to mark International Youth day. The theme for this year’s celebrations was “Youth Civic engagement” and sought to explore how the youth have engaged themselves in governance and political processes. Through a coalition of youth organizations known as ‘Action 2015’, DSW Kenya and other CSOs have been running a series …

Celebrating World Population Day in Uganda – a visit from the President

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

On 12th July 1987 the world’s population reached the five billion mark. To acknowledge this, the United Nations designated this day World Population Day, to be observed annually. The commemoration of this day gives each UN member state an opportunity to take stock of the achievements made towards improving the quality population. This day has been used to highlight challenges that …