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 …


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 …

Kilifi County family planning Costed Implementation Plan 2017-2021 launch

Kenya: Residents of Kilifi set to benefit from improved family planning services

Collins Baswony Foster

Kilifi, DSW’s partner county in Kenya launched its 2017 – 2021 family planning costed implementation plan (CIP) on 11th July 2017. The County’s acting director of health services Vincent Iduri said thatfamily planning costed implementation plan (CIP) will go a long way in helping in addressing the challenge of low contraceptive uptake in rural areas compared to urban areas. “The …

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, …

DSW Ethiopia – Sensitising society on early and forced marriage

Eoghan Walsh Foster

Typically, the attendance of a workshop event in small towns would fall behind the scheduled time due to tardiness on the part of the participants. But a series of workshop that took place in two separate towns in different days on April 6 and 7 2017 displayed quite a different experience of an in-time attendance. The sensitization workshops organized by …

More domestic investment needed for reproductive health services in Kenya to beat dwindling external funding

Kenya: More domestic investment needed for reproductive health services to beat dwindling external funding

Collins Baswony Foster

By Evelyn Samba Recently, it was reported that in Nakuru county, four out of ten women could not access contraceptives, with women in far flung corners of that county being worse off. This news hit home just as the right of Kenyan women and their partners to access sexual and reproductive health services is coming under threat not seen for …

Kenya: Celebrating a young woman’s story this international women’s day

Kenya: Celebrating a young woman’s story this international women’s day

Collins Baswony Foster

In 2011, Faith Wanjiku was a young woman ghosting through life in Githurai, a low-income estate North of Nairobi. Fast forward to 2017, she feels that she faces a brighter future thanks to the knowledge and skills that she gained through DSW’s youth to youth programme in her community. Youth to youth is a programme implemented by DSW based on …

Taking Stock: Family Planning access in Kenya faces challenges

Howard Akimala Foster

Although the government’s commitment to ensuring family planning access in Kenya, and making sure reproductive health services are available to all Kenyans, is spelled out in the National Reproductive Health Policy, the availability and access of family planning commodities and reproductive health medicines in health facilities remains limited in many areas. This was evident from findings of the Kenya Health Facility Assessment …

Catherine Pkutor a student at a secondary school in West Pokot narrates her story. Catherine dropped out of school and teenage mother and wife before returning to school to complete her studies. DSW's advocacy work for family planning investment is intended to help thousands of girls like her in Kenya avoid teenage pregnancy PHOTO: Collins Baswony/DSW

Kenya: West Pokot County invests in family planning

Collins Baswony Foster

A Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (DSW) partner county in Kenya has invested KES. 10.2 million (USD 99,000) for family planning for the 2016/2017 financial year. Speaking about this family planning investment, the county’s reproductive health Coordinator, Siree Consolata said that the funds will be used for family planning promotion across the county.

Nutrition in Western Kenya – tackling mother and child malnutrition

Howard Akimala Foster

The European Union will invest €1.63 million for projects about maternal and child nutrition in Western Kenya, over the next three years in Homa Bay County. Speaking during the commissioning of two projects in September, European Union representative Titus Katembu noted that malnutrition is a major public health concern in Kenya. He pointed out that the country is currently experiencing a rise …