The Tangled Lives of Philip Wetu

A Namibian story about life choices and HIV


Evaluating Rwandan-German cooperation in health

An interview about the findings with Thomas Schwedersky, DEval

Tansania: Working session at  "femina hip"

The Healthy Developments Student Prize 2014

How would you tackle Tanzania’s health workforce challenges?

Towards The World

Towards the World: A different kind of youth exchange

Young South Africans take HIV leadership to Dresden


Leading the way to Universal Health Coverage

A leadership programme run jointly by GIZ and the World Bank Institute

Opening session of the Sector Network Meeting 2014

Quality of Growth: the role of Health and Social Protection

Regional Conference of the Sector Network Health and Social Protection Africa, MENA and LAC


The Tangled Lives of Philip Wetu

A Namibian story about life choices and HIV

In focus

Pandora's Box for difficult-to-ask questions

Opening Pandora’s Box: challenging health workers’ attitudes towards sexual minority groups

 In Durban, a training of trainers encouraged facilitators from Southern and Eastern African countries to overcome prejudices against men having sex with men, transgender people and other sexual minorities, so that they can train health workers in their countries to provide quality health services to these groups.

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Thomas Silberhorn, Parliamentary State Secretary at BMZ

When climate change meets weak health systems

 “The poorest countries with weak health systems are particularly affected by climate change,” stressed BMZ’s Parliamentary State Secretary Thomas Silberhorn. Addressing a symposium at the World Health Summit in Berlin, Silberhorn highlighted the spread of malaria, dengue and diarrhoeal disease, among other consequences of climate change for human health. “Since 2013, we have been working on this in a pilot project, in close collaboration with the World Health Organization. We support several countries in Africa and Asia in drawing up national analyses and adaptation strategies.”

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Ebola virus virion

Germany steps up contribution to fight Ebola in West Africa to EUR 101.7 million

On top of previous contributions of the Federal Government the Budget Committee of the Bundestag released an additional EUR 85 million on 16 October 2014 for the fight against the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. This includes EUR 50 million from BMZ, which will be used to support food security, prevention and health service provision in the affected region.

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HESP Updates

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International Dialogue Participants 2013

ICPD and Beyond: Investing in Health and Rights

12th International Dialogue on Population and Sustainable Development, Berlin, 5-6 November 2014

At the event in Berlin, experts will identify the key issues emerging from the ‘International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD Beyond 2014)’ review process and, looking forward, discuss how this feeds into strategic debates on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights - particularly for young people - as a key pillar of sustainable development.


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Good reads

Title page: Philip Wetu

The Tangled Lives of Philip Wetu

A Namibian story about life choices and HIV

Philip Wetu is a successful Namibian IT consultant with a complex love life: Enjoying sexual relationships with several women simultaneously, he puts himself and those he cares about at risk of HIV. Philip’s story is the basis for a social change communication approach, consisting of an interactive film, a comic strip in a Namibia’s leading daily, school materials and a Facebook page.

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Cadettes of the Odessa Marine Academy

HIV prevention in Ukraine

Opportunities lost and found

Staff from the BMZ-funded GIZ HIV/AIDS Prevention Programme in Ukraine talk about the changes imposed by the recent conflict.

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Free counselling service through a call-back line

Three proposals selected for publication in the German Health Practice Collection

BMZ has decided that three approaches of German Development Cooperation in health and social protection will be documented next in the GHPC publication series: inclusion of persons with disability in the social health protection project in Cambodia; the ESTHER partnerships between German university clinics and hospitals in Tanzania and Cameroon; and support for a postgraduate public health academic institute in Pakistan. The publications – subject to an independent peer review by international experts – will be published in 2015.

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Ruhengeri Hospital, Rwanda

Findings of the independent evaluation of Rwandan-German cooperation in health

Interview with Thomas Schwedersky, DEval

 The German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval) has published a major evaluation report on 30 years of Rwandan-German cooperation in health. We spoke to Thomas Schwedersky, senior evaluation specialist at DEval and one of the lead authors, about the main findings and lessons, in particular with regard to program-based approaches, health financing, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and human resource development.

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Policy priorities

Health Laboratory

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, the GAVI Alliance, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, ILO, the World Bank, the International Health Partnership (IHP+).

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