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High-level event ‘Developing strategies for combating COVID-19 around the world’

World Health Summit 2020
A time to deliver: Towards One Health

At a WHS high-level event hosted by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Charité, Dr Maria Flachsbarth, Parliamentary State Secretary, made it clear: ‘To gird ourselves against future pandemics, we must recognise that humans, animals and environment are connected, and act accordingly.’ Prominent scientists and representatives of leading international agencies voiced their support for a multisectoral One Health agenda.

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WHS Panel

World Health Summit 2020
COVID can only be beaten together, or not at all

COVID-19 has exposed the gaps in pandemic preparedness from the local to global level, and delivered a potent reminder of the high cost of complacence. At a panel discussion organised by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), experts weighed in on lessons from the current response and identified steps that can be taken to break ‘the cycle of neglect and panic.’

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Securing maternal and child health in times of COVID-19

World Health Summit 2020
Securing maternal and child health in times of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic threatens to reverse decades of progress in maternal, child and adolescent health. To stem this dangerous tide, at a side event of the World Health Summit high-level delegates, including BMZ, reaffirmed their full commitment to the Global Financing Facility, a global multi-stakeholder partnership determined to ensure access to health services for just these groups.

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Looking for the TB bacillus

Digital health
University hospital partnerships tackle tuberculosis in Africa

The regional programme ‘University and Hospital Partnerships in Africa’ supports partnerships between German and African university hospitals to jointly develop responses to priority health issues. Where multiple partnerships work on the same issue, they are encouraged to form networks to generate broader solutions for a lasting impact.

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COVID-19

Biomedical technicians at hospital lab in Accra, Ghana, put on PPE

Collaboration with private sector
Public-private synergies for health in times of Covid-19

The coronavirus pandemic highlights the critical importance of resilient health systems for the management of outbreaks and efficient healthcare provision for all. To strengthen them, the public health sector and private healthcare industries need to work together. GIZ’s extensive in-country experience and contacts can act as a catalyst for such collaboration.  

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The 18th International Dialogue brought together around 100 experts

International Dialogue
United for women’s health in the face of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating impact on the sexual and reproductive rights of millions of people, including on their access to sexual and reproductive health services. Ways to safeguard both access and rights during and after the current pandemic were at the heart of the International Dialogue on Population and Sustainable Development in 2020.

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Commitments written on hands, World Aids Day 2017

BACKUP Health
How can access barriers to health services be removed?

According to UNAIDS, 62% of adult HIV infections in 2019 were amongst sex workers, gay men, men who have sex with men, transgender people, prisoners and drug users and their sexual partners. Too often, these groups encounter discrimination and social exclusion when they try to access HIV services.  A new guide for programme implementers points at ways to change this.

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A father and son at the OWO in Nowshera

Pakistan
Social protection via One-Window Operations in Pakistan

Assistance to the needy and vulnerable, a core value of Pakistani culture, gets a boost from a German-supported project. In the face of a deepening economic crisis, now compounded by the coronavirus pandemic, the project works on optimising efficiency and coordination of existing social protection schemes both at physical service points and through newly linked data streams. 

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COVID-19

Training at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to mitigate risks from COVID-19

EAC
Training for the ‘new normal’ in East African aviation

East African airspace shut down in mid-March in an attempt to prevent the spread of coronavirus.  Now, as airports across the region prepare to reopen, it is vital for the safety of both staff and passengers, that all involved in the aviation industry are trained and well versed in how to deal with COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.

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