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DSW is a global development organisation that addresses the challenges faced by youth to exercise their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), and to meet their need for health services. 

We work with young people on raising awareness on SRHR, gender equality, and improving access to modern contraceptives. We work with policy-makers to ensure political and financial support for SRHR and youth-friendly services, and advocate for political commitment and critical investments into global health and R&D for poverty-related and neglected diseases. We work in close collaboration with partners to address SRHR challenges through multisectoral approaches.

With headquarters in Hannover, Germany, DSW operates two liaison offices in Berlin and Brussels, as well as country offices in east Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and the partner orgnanisation Action 4 Health Uganda).

We combine advocacy expertise in different geographies, youth-oriented programmes in east Africa, and research generating unique insights about effectively advancing the SRHR agenda to pursue our DSW vision: a world where all youth – especially girls and young women – live free from disease and make independent and informed choices over their sexual and reproductive lives with full access to sexuality education, health services, and modern contraceptives.