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COVID-19

Budhanilkantha Health Post, Kathmandu

ECOWAS and Nepal
Supporting ECOWAS and Nepal in fighting COVID-19

Supporting partner countries' epidemic preparedness has been a core part of German-supported health programming for decades. In times of COVID-19, this work is gaining in urgency. German advisors are actively coordinating with other partners whilst pushing for a speedy and comprehensive response. What does this look like in practice?

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Molecular biologists from the Bernhard Nocht Institute holding a training on testing for the novel Corona Virus for the EAC in February 2020 in Arusha, Tanzania

East & West Africa
Boosting diagnostic capacities for COVID-19 across Africa

As the pandemic spreads across the continent, German advisors are racing against time in order to re-enforce reference laboratories in West and East Africa to test for the virus. There is a need for training, test kits, PCR machines - all currently in short supply. Capacities developed in the wake of the Ebola outbreak are now being put to the test.

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SEEG training on COVID-19 diagnostics for lab technicians in Namibia

Namibia
Unprecedented demand from partner countries

The German Epidemic Preparedness Team (SEEG) advises the BMZ as well as German-supported health projects in partner countries on how to be prepared for and manage infectious disease outbreaks. In times of COVID-19, the demand for SEEG’s support is high - and providing it is extra challenging. Despite this, the team is determined to deliver.

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InFocus

A hackathon at Monrovia’s BlueCrest University College

Epidemic preparedness
Hacking against outbreaks in West Africa

What happens when doctors, engineers and entrepreneurs put their heads - and laptops - together to tackle one of West Africa’s biggest health challenges?  In Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Guinea, BMZ-supported hackathons are generating fresh ideas and digital solutions for keeping people informed during major disease outbreaks - even in the most remote areas.

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Project stories

Yamaan staff with two children in Lahj governorate who were delivered with the help of the voucher programme.

Yemen
Saving mothers and babies in midst of war

In a conflict-torn country lacking a fully functioning government with a deteriorating healthcare system and widespread insecurity which makes travel difficult, what can be done to effectively safeguard the lives of mothers and babies? In Yemen, one pioneering project - the first of its kind for German Financial Cooperation - may have an answer.

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What's on

Germany’s commitment to ending tuberculosis

World TB Day
Germany’s commitment to ending tuberculosis

While the world is gripped by the spread of COVID-19, tuberculosis which has been around for centuries kills more people than any other infectious disease. Today, Germany is one of the main contributors to the global fight against it. On the occasion of World TB Day 2020, Healthy DEvelopments takes a closer look at the challenge and Germany’s contribution to stamping out the disease.

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Project Stories

Study tour delegation

Kyrgyzstan
A first-hand look at comprehensive patient-centered primary care

In November 2019, a 17-person delegation from Kyrgyzstan travelled to Almaty to learn about Kazakhstan’s approach to patient-centered primary health care services for mothers and children. Seeing the delivery of this innovative approach on the ground and being able to discuss it with their Kazakh colleagues was an eye-opener for the Kyrgyz health experts.

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What’s on

Minister of Health, Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal, in conversation with Ambassador Roland Schäfer

Nepal
Transforming healthcare waste management in Nepal

Proper treatment and disposal of healthcare waste is a major challenge in Nepal. At a groundbreaking meeting convened by the Ministry of Health and Population, with support from Germany, key players took stock of the situation and committed to putting the country on a safer, healthier course.

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A beneficiary receiving a Sehat Insaf card in Lahore

Social health protection
On a fast track to Universal Health Coverage in Pakistan

By covering in-patient costs for the poor and vulnerable, the Sehat Sahulat Program enables their access to quality care and spares them catastrophic health expenditures. This article retraces important steps in Pakistan’s progress towards providing health for all. As a trusted partner, Germany has been accompanying Pakistan’s journey towards UHC for over 20 years.

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