global fund replenishment

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 …

World Immunisation Week 2016: where are the game-changing vaccines?

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

Each year, World Immunisation Week places the spotlight on the achievements made in recent decades in rolling out life-saving vaccines to the people that need them the most, saving millions of lives in the process. Innovation in vaccines has brought us seismic changes in public health in the last 50 years. Smallpox was eradicated, we are on the verge of …

The Dapivirine Ring: “A testament to what partnerships can achieve” in women’s health

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

DSW is a strong advocate of the need for innovation to respond to the health challenges facing the young men and women that we work with in eastern Africa. To acknowledge the achievements made in women’s health, we wanted to give the floor to those who are working at the forefront of innovation in health, we spoke to Zeda F. …

It’s time to introduce sexuality education in Kenyan schools

Collins Baswony Youth Empowerment

By Dr. George Kamau The Kenya Institute for Curriculum Development is currently in the process of reviewing the Kenya school curriculum. This is a great opportunity to create a cultural and religiously sensitive age appropriate sexuality education curriculum for Kenyan learners at Primary and Secondary school levels. In the recent past, several studies have been published showing that Kenyan youth …

Demographic Health Survey: Kenya shows big improvements in family health and household environment

Howard Akimala Youth Empowerment

Kenya has made significant steps in family health indicators over the past five years as indicated in the just released Demographic Health Survey (KDHS). Results from the 2014 KDHS show a continued decline in the total fertility rate (TFR). Fertility decreased from 4.6 in 2008-09 to 3.9 in 2014, the lowest TFR ever recorded in Kenya. This is corroborated by …

“We need more money for R&D on diseases of poverty!” – an interview with DSW

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

This interview originally appeared on Rural 21, The International Journal for Rural Development. To read the original, please read it here. Given the magnitude of the problem, spending on research into poverty-related and neglected tropical diseases is by far not sufficient. Are experiences with the recent Ebola epidemic and the resolutions adopted by this year’s G7 Conferences going to bring about …

World AIDS Day 2015: We have ‘never been closer’ to a medical breakthrough

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

To mark World AIDS Day 2015 two champions of the fight against diseases of poverty in the European Parliament, Theresa Griffin and Linda McAvan (both MEPs), write at The Parliament Magazine about how we can harness innovation to turn the tide on HIV and AIDS. Read the original article here. As the European Year for Development draws to a close this …

Improving Health Care Is a Top Priority for Publics in Sub-Saharan Africa

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

Guest post by Katie Simmons, Associate Director of Research, Pew Research Center As we head into the seventh World Health Summit, a new survey from Pew Research Center finds many people in sub-Saharan Africa are unhappy with the quality of their health care and want health to be one of the top development priorities for their country’s future.

To meet the global goals, UN must include health R&D indicators in SDG framework

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

This article was originally posted by Erin Will Morton, the Director at our partners Global Health Technology Coalition. You can read the original article here. Later this month global leaders are poised to approve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but a new report commissioned by a leading group of health non-profits including GHTC warns that the SDG targets will not be …

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

Eoghan Walsh 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.

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

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

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 …

World Population Day 2015: taking stock of the MDGs (part 1)

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

Each year in July when World Population Day comes around, we at DSW like to take stock of the situation of the people living in some the world’s poorest countries. In particular, we want to see how the young men and women that we work with on a day-to-day basis in East Africa – supported them to be empowered and …

The G7 in Germany – a Summit of mixed results

Shane O'Halloran Youth Empowerment

Update – a blog by our good friend in Brussels Fraser Goodwin, of Save the Children, has an excellent and more forensic dissection of the results. Read it here. Tuesday saw the end of the G7 Summit in Germany. While we at DSW were delighted to see so many of our issues highlighted during the course of the gathering, 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 …

World Malaria Day 2015 – making a breakthrough with research and innovation

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

World Malaria Day 2015 is an opportune moment to take stock of the global fight against malaria. It also provides an opportunity to look forward at how we can work together finally beat the disease. For malaria, as much as for any other disease of poverty, finding new and ever-more effective treatments for people living with the disease, as well …