What stops men in Guinea from attending PMTCT services?
Health and Social Protection News Briefing
‘She matters’ - Empowering women and girls
A boost to sexual health and rights for a new generation
Why social protection for women pays off
Training medical teams in emergency obstetric care
German Health Practice Collection
Making leaders more effective
Assessing the first Leadership for Universal Health Coverage course
30 participants from six African countries recently completed the first edition of a new course on ‘Leadership for Universal Health Coverage’. Organised by GIZ and the World Bank as partners in the P4H network, the course focused on developing ‘leadership’ skills rather than technical expertise. What did participants learn and achieve?
Bangladesh’s rapid urbanisation challenges cities’ health services
Like many other low- and middle-income countries, Bangladesh has a fast growing and rapidly urbanizing population. This poses considerable challenges to urban health systems, including overcrowded and understaffed hospitals, a lack of oversight of healthcare providers, unclear institutional responsibilities and insufficient provision of health information to urban populations. Looking at Sylhet, one of Northern Bangladesh’s biggest cities, this article explores how German Development Cooperation is supporting local actors to address these challenges.
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Too many caesarean sections?
Side-effects of Bangladesh’s progress in maternal health
More and more babies in Bangladesh are born in health facilities and emergency obstetric care for their mothers has improved tremendously. If recent trends continue, however, the country is on a worrying path towards too many unnecessary caesarean sections. The CS rate increased from 3% in 2004 to 17% in 2011 and is probably much higher today. While some population groups continue to lack access to necessary CS, others tend to over-use CS. This exposes pregnant women to unnecessary risks and imposes a financial burden on the health system.
Pills, pricing and profitability
Millions of people do not have access to high-quality and affordable medicines. Local production of drugs seems to be a logical response to that need, yet in Sub-Sahara Africa, for example, less than 30% of essential drugs are produced locally. Producers face many challenges including quality, safety and price competitiveness but also inadequate policy coherence between health, trade and industrial policies. At a debate at the European Development Days 2015 it became clear that policy coherence is an issue which concerns both developing and donor countries.
What stops male partners in Guinea from attending PMTCT services?
A qualitative research study by GIZ and the Faculty of Medicine, Conakry
To effectively prevent mother-to-child-prevention of HIV, both women and men need to be involved in PMTCT-related awareness raising, counselling and testing and in family planning sessions. But what if men simply don’t attend these services? GIZ and the Faculty of Medicine, Conakry, wanted to find out what keeps men away.
"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.
Every country needs to develop a resilient health system
Chancellor Merkel’s key note speech at the World Health Assembly
On 18 May 2015, Angela Merkel gave an opening speech at the 68th World Health Assembly in Geneva. She highlighted why Germany has set health as a major issue for its G7 presidency and outlined three main priorities: drawing the lessons from Ebola, fighting neglected tropical diseases and containing antimicrobial resistance. She also addressed the changing role of the World Health Organization and announced that Germany will contribute an additional EUR 200m in 2015-2016 to build resilient health systems, of which EUR 70m will be focused on West Africa.
2nd International Quality Forum
Heidelberg, Germany 2–3 July 2015
The 2nd International Quality Forum will discuss how quality improvement (QI) mechanisms can contribute to health system strengthening (HSS) and how this contribution can be best measured. The aim of the Forum is to critically analyse QI mechanisms and approaches against HSS targets and to formulate recommendations to ensure QI mechanisms have an impact on upcoming health system strengthening measures.
G7 Summit outcomes on health in developing countries
"We need to improve health systems in many countries", said Chancellor Angela Merkel at the end of the G7 Summit, which took place under the German G7 Presidency in Elmau on 7-8 June 2015. Development policy in general, and health in particular, had figured prominently in the discussions. In their final declaration the G7 leaders expressed their support to a number of specific initiatives which mainly aim to address Ebola, antimicrobial resistances and neglected tropical diseases.
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