Training medical teams in emergency obstetric care
Increasing immunisation, strengthening healthcare systems
German Health Practice Collection
All hands on deck against Ebola
ICPD and Beyond: Investing in Health and Rights
Training multidisciplinary medical teams in emergency obstetric care
Medical teams in maternity hospitals all around the world often face life and death situations during deliveries. Yet in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, anesthesiologists and intensive care doctors have not been trained in the methods their colleagues in other countries regularly use to save the lives of mothers and their babies. German Development Cooperation is addressing this gap by building their clinical skills and by promoting new evidence-based protocols for obstetric emergencies.
World Women’s Day
Why social protection for women pays off
Promoting gender equality, inclusive growth and development
Social protection is a human right which many women around the world are still denied: only a minority of them are adequately covered by social protection schemes. This has detrimental effects not just on themselves but also on their families. On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2015, this article makes a case for more investments in women’s social protection as an engine for economic growth and social development.
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Making local health services accountable
Social auditing in Nepal’s health sector
In many low income countries, the quality of local health services is hampered by lack of essential equipment and drugs, understaffing and absenteeism and poor infrastructure. One of the reasons for this situation is the fact that public health facilities are not accountable to the local people they are meant to serve. In Nepal, GIZ, on behalf of BMZ, supported the Ministry of Health in effectively addressing this challenge through social auditing, an independent and participatory mechanism that enables citizens to participate in decision making about their health services at facility level.
"Where we work": Your gateway to country-specific information on Germany’s support to health and social protection
The new “Where we work” menu on Healthy DEvelopments gives you an overview of the main activities of all major country programmes of German Development Cooperation in health and social protection. The individual country pages also contain information on country context and indicators, as well as links to related material and publications on this website and beyond.
Free online course on the Social Determinants of Health
Health and health inequities are influenced not only by health systems and genetic variations but also by the social, economic, political, cultural and environmental conditions in which people live, grow and work. This free online course provides knowledge on the basic concepts relating to the Social Determinants of Health (SDH). It has its foundations in social epidemiology, a perspective based on cause analysis, and was developed by the EU-funded SDH-Net project which is coordinated by GIZ on behalf of BMZ.
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Health insurance for India’s poor
Meeting the challenge with information technology
With 120 million people enrolled, the Indian social health insurance scheme RSBY has quickly become the largest of its kind around the globe. GIZ, on behalf of BMZ, has supported the design and roll-out of this social protection scheme for poor and informal workers since 2008. This comprehensive update of an earlier GHPC publication tells the compelling story of RSBY and the German support to it from the early days up until 2014.
Food support to boost girls’ school attendance in Yemen
This 3,5 minute-video shows how KfW, on behalf of BMZ, has been supporting the World Food Programme in Yemen to fund its emergency food and nutrition support to food insecure and conflict-affected people. In addition, KfW supports a school-based nutrition programme for girls, providing flour and cooking oil to the families of 100,000 girls who have regularly attended school. This intervention does not just alleviate the food shortages suffered by many of the girls’ families, it also prevents early marriages and pregnancies and ensures the girls’ better future.
Indonesia’s roadmap to universal health coverage
A story of Indonesian-German collaboration
By 2019, Indonesia wants to cover its entire population, an estimated 260 million people, with its new social health insurance scheme. GIZ, on behalf of BMZ, has been supporting this endeavour and, together with the Indonesian government and a large group of stakeholders, helped draw up a road map towards this ambitious goal. But what does this mean in practice?
In support of the Millennium Development Goals and Universal Health Coverage, German Development Cooperation in health focuses on:
Health as a human right, including equitable access to services and medicines, gender equality, support to vulnerable groups and inclusion of people with disabilities
Strengthening health systems by supporting human resources for health, quality services, governance and health financing
Responding to HIV and AIDS and other infectious and non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment, immunization and nutrition
Promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights, in particular family planning and maternal and child health
Addressing the cross-cutting issues of social protection and population dynamics.
Setup and partners
BMZ is responsible for strategic direction, policies and steering of German Development Cooperation.
Bilateral programmes are implemented mainly by GIZ (for technical cooperation and capacity development) and by KfW Development Bank (for financial cooperation).
Bilateral partners include governments, civil society and the private sector in low- and middle-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa.
Multilateral partners include e.g. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the World Health Organization, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, ILO, the World Bank, the International Health Partnership (IHP+).
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