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Feeding back to the community after data collection

Digitalising social protection
Malawi’s bold vision for a Unified Social Registry

With German support, Malawi is developing a state of the art social registry, providing a single source of data for the many social protection programmes operating in the country. It will reduce fragmentation of social protection efforts, enable more efficient use of resources, and produce made-to-measure data sets for a wide range of clients.

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Young Togolese men training as electricians

Population Dynamics
Getting a better grasp on Togo’s future: Population dynamics at the heart of development planning

This case study traces how the Government of Togo, with support from German Development Cooperation, embarked on a process of improving planning in all sectors by integrating population dynamics. A striking feature is the Togolese government's strong appropriation and continuing pursuit of the approach also after the end of German support.

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Investing in research and development for neglected tropical diseases

Neglected diseases
Investing in neglected diseases

The Global Health Investment Fund (GHIF) is unique in that it is the world’s only social impact fund that addresses the pressing global health problems of neglected diseases whilst generating sustainable financial returns. Five years after it was first established the Fund has a successful portfolio of investments that prove that it is possible to do both.

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Global health and its changing landscape

New article series
Global health and its changing landscape

The first issue of a promising new series ‘Global Health in the Era of Agenda 2030’ by the Centre for Global Health, University of Oslo, Norad and the Journal of The Norwegian Medical Association takes a critical look at power and governance in the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation. Are the lines between security interests and solidarity being blurred?

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Workshop participants from six countries

BACKUP Health
Exchange for Change (E4C)

In January and February 2018 the German BACKUP initiative organised two regional workshops in Ouagadougou and Lilongwe. Health experts from 16 countries used the innovative ‘LEGO Serious Play’ methodology to explore common bottlenecks in implementing Global Fund-financed health programmes and to design novel solutions to address them.

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Project stories

Taking a pregnant woman‘s vital signs upon admission to maternity ward

Kenya
Learning from tragedy in a ‘no blame’ environment

More than 7000 women die every year in Kenya during pregnancy, delivery or shortly after giving birth. With German support, the county health department in Kisumu now conducts a detailed audit of every maternal and perinatal death to find out what went wrong and how to prevent it from happening again.

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Kalyanpur Health Post

Digital Health
Bringing the power of digital data to rural Nepal

As Nepal transitions to a federal system of government, local municipalities need good quality data to plan for and monitor the delivery of health services. The introduction of e-reporting to all 73 health facilities in Nuwakot District is one part of a national strategy to transform the collection and use of routine health information in the country.

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Project stories

Women working in the informal sector

India
Single Window Service Centres for informal sector workers in Karnataka

Even though India has legislated to provide social security for the whole population, there are still large gaps in the actual delivery of benefits, especially for informal sector workers. This is why the government of Karnataka has set up Single Window Service Centres at village level to support these workers in accessing social protection schemes.

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Healthcare workers practising on dolls

Tanzania
Marked rise in survival rates for mothers and babies in Tanzania

Over the last two years a German-supported initiative in the neighbouring regions of Lindi and Mtwara in south-eastern Tanzania has dramatically improved the survival rates and health of mothers and their newborn babies. How was this done? Intensive training and mentoring of healthcare professionals, as part of a health systems approach, seem to have done the trick.

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