‘I Am Greater Than HIV’. An Interview with Doreen Moraa

Jemima Jordan Empower, Global Health, Youth, Youth Empowerment

With a recent study showing that men whose HIV infection was fully suppressed by antiretroviral drugs had no chance of infecting their partner, it would be easy to think that the hard work in overcoming the HIV epidemic is over. However, as the ‘State of African Women’ report, published in 2018, shows, there is a still some way to go when it …

World Contraception Day in Ethiopia – a landmark event!

Esayas Meskel Youth Empowerment

World Contraception Day in Ethiopia took place for this first time ever this year, and DSW were right in the thick of the action. On September 26, 2016, a half full day of intensive panel discussion was held at DSW Youth Development Training Center in Debrezeit (Bishoftu), 45 km southeast of Addis. When DSW had initiated to host this year’s …

Understanding EU-African relations – visiting Brussels

Imali Ngusale Youth Empowerment

In July, I had the privilege of visiting the DSW Office in Brussels with the aim of obtaining a comprehensive induction on EU advocacy, EU Budget instruments, and consultations with the representatives from the EU Member States so to advocate for the inclusion of unmet family planning needs in the upcoming EU calls for Kenya. EU ties to Africa While in …

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DSW at the Global Fund Replenishment 2016!

Katja Tielemann Youth Empowerment

The Global Fund replenishment conference was recently held in Montreal. DSW’s Katja Tielemann was on the ground for the proceedings. Here’s her take. At the conclusion of the 5th Global Fund Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Montreal, Canada, on September 16-17, the Global Fund announced that pledges totalling US$12.9 billion were made. This is …

Nakuru County Executive Committee for Health Dr. Daniel Mungai Kabii visits the Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (DSW) information desk at World Contraception Day 2016 held in Nakuru County

Kenya: World Contraception Day 2016

Collins Baswony Youth Empowerment

  Youth family planning champions mobilised their peers and communities to observe World Contraception Day 2016 in Kenya. The family planning champions, trained and supported by Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (DSW), worked with other stakeholders to plan and execute four World Contraception Day in Uasin Gishu Mombasa, West Pokot, Laikipia and Nyandarua Counties.

Invest in youth friendly sexual and reproductive health services

Collins Baswony Youth Empowerment

By Dr. George Kamau In the last 12 months, fresh data has been published confirming that Kenya’s teenagers and youth are struggling with their sexuality. According to the National AIDS Control Council, AIDS is the leading cause of death and morbidity among adolescents and young people in Kenya. Approximately 29% of all new HIV infections in Kenya are among adolescents …

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European Week of Action for Girls 2016 – come join the party!

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

DSW is a proud partner of the European Week of Action for Girls (#eugirlsweek), an annual week-long event taking place in Brussels which aims to raise awareness of and advocate for girls’ rights and empowerment to be at the heart of the EU’s external action. Now in its sixth year, the European Week of Action for Girls is organised by a coalition of …

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

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

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 …

Family Planning in East Africa: partnering to increase funding

Imali Ngusale Youth Empowerment

In late august, we were delighted to welcome to Mombasa some of our closest partners in family planning advocacy. The purpose of the invitation was to bring our collaborators around the table to discuss how we can better improve access to funding for family planning in East Africa. With the economic context always evolving, and donor organisations and governments regularly …

Uganda: New Family Planning Advocacy Group Launched

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

DSW Uganda, in partnership with the Ugandan National Population Secretariat and Partners in Population and Development Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO) organised a meeting to launch the Family Planning Advocacy Group. The Group was launched at an event in Kampala last month, which hosted MPs, Ugandan District Health Officers and Health Educators, representatives from civil society organisations, journalists and other …

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Kenya: creating the next generation of family planning youth champions

Collins Baswony Youth Empowerment

Following a recent four-day training workshop for family planning youth champions conducted by DSW, 26 youth from eight counties in Kenya are now better equipped to advocate for more and better funds for family planning from the public sector. The training workshop covered topic areas critical for family planning advocacy, including understanding family planning concepts, the budget-making process, the public participation framework, …

Kenya: International Youth Day 2016

Collins Baswony Youth Empowerment

Youth have fun, empower their peers about sexual and reproductive health to mark International Youth Day 2016 Youth-to-Youth (Y2Y) members in Nairobi conducted four days of activities building up to the International Youth Day, commemorated annually on the 12th of August. The activities, which included a football tournament, a beauty pageant, community outreach as well as a community cleanup event, …

Celebrating World Population Day in Ethiopia!

Esayas Meskel Youth Empowerment

DSW Ethiopia Observes World Population Day ‘World Population Day’ was celebrated here in Ethiopia under the theme of “Investing in Teenage Girls.” This year’s World Population Day was observed in Ethiopia for the 23rd time since 1993. This year, the Amhara regional capital, Bahir Dar, hosted an event to honour world population day both at national and regional levels. A series …

Kenya: Family planning champions trained by DSW petition Mombasa county assembly on botched budget meetings

Collins Baswony Youth Empowerment

  Four youth family planning champions trained by DSW on budget advocacy for family planning joined other civil society actors and citizens in petitioning county government of Mombasa about a flawed budget meeting. The petition, submitted to the Mombasa County Assembly Clerk, Tubmun Otieno, on the 27th of June, 2016 called on the clerk and speaker of the county assembly …