A prescription for EU Research Ministers: increase Horizon Europe funding for health research

Eoghan Walsh Advance

Ahead of an informal meeting of EU research ministers, advocates for global health call on EU governments to be more ambitious for health research. Brussels, July 16, 2018: EU research ministers are meeting in Vienna this week for the first informal competitiveness council under the Austrian Presidency. This meeting will be the first time that ministers will formally discuss the …

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

Cecile Vernant Youth Empowerment

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 Youth Empowerment

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 …

EU Development Ministers Endorse Gender Action Plan – sustained support now needed

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

DSW welcomes the adoption today by Development Ministers of strong conclusions on the EU’s new Gender Action Plan 2016-2020. Meeting in Luxembourg, EU Development Ministers today endorsed the new Gender Action plan, which was published as a joint Staff Working Document by the European Commission and the European External Action Service in September 2015.

European Week of Action for Girls 2015: Girls must be at the heart of sustainable development efforts

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

EU must ensure girls benefit equally from the Sustainable Development Goals, according to a coalition of NGOs. Following the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the EU must do more to ensure girls’ rights and gender equality are at the heart of its external action. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent the most ambitious effort yet to reduce …

The EU Gender Action Plan – political commitment or business as usual?

Cecile Vernant Youth Empowerment

On Tuesday June 24th, I represented CONCORD Europe (the group in Brussels representing European development NGOs) at the European Parliament Development Committee for a hearing on gender equality and development – and in particular the upcoming EU Gender Action Plan. Together with Dagmar Schumacher, the head of UN Women in Brussels, Federica Petrucci, and Jean-Louis Ville, both working with the …

European Year for Development 2015 – time to focus on health!

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

Living in Brussels and working on development, you cannot escape the fact that 2015 has been designated the European Year for Development. Each year, the European Union decides to focus on a particular subject, supporting a debate around that issue and promoting it in its work in EU member states. In the past, there have been years for things like …

Let’s Save Lives celebrated World TB Day at the European Parliament – a busy week!

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

To celebrate World TB Day, and to mark the end of the “Let’s Save Lives” campaign DSW and partners got together for a Twitter chat on how research & development and innovation can support the fight against diseases of poverty and improve global health. Join the conversation on Wednesday March 25th.

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

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

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 …

Gavi Replenishment 2015 – 5 key results from Berlin

Katharina Wertenbruch Youth Empowerment

This article, by DSW’s International Director for Partnership and Communication, was originally published at Devex for the Gavi Replenishment 2015 meeting in Berlin. You can read the original article on their website here. The great and the good of the international development scene descended on Berlin this week for the Gavi replenishment 2015 conference. This two-day meeting was important for …

Save the Date: DSW celebrates World TB Day in the European Parliament

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

On the occasion of World Tuberculosis (TB) on 24 March 2015, join Theresa Griffin MEP and DSW at an evening cocktail reception to mark the closing of the “Let’s Save Lives” campaign – a five-month campaign calling for the EU to increase political support for global health research and development targeted at diseases such as TB, malaria and HIV & …

The new European Commission and global health: a new outlook?

Cecile Vernant Youth Empowerment

Tomorrow, on November 1st, the new College of Commissioners of the European Union will take office. As the world’s largest donor of development assistance, Cecile Vernant of DSW asks what will change with the new European Commission and global health.

#LetsSaveLives: If you do one thing today, support global health research and development

Renate Baehr Youth Empowerment

Working for DSW for over 20 years, I have witnessed the terrible suffering that HIV & AIDS, malaria, TB, and other neglected tropical diseases wreak on people living in poverty. These awful diseases rob millions of young people of their futures. They have disastrous consequences for families and communities. They are responsible for holding back huge numbers of people across …

European Week of Action for Girls – Standing up for girls’ rights!

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

As part of the “European Alliance for Girls[1]” DSW organised a number of high-profile events during this week for the European Week of Action for Girls (EWAG) on the eve of the International Day of the Girl Child on October 11. The fourth edition of the European Week of Action for Girls is organised by Plan EU Office and several civil …

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

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

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. …