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Children to be vaccinated in Tanzania

Gavi replenishment conference in Berlin

As part of its G7 Presidency, Germany hosted the pledging conference for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, on 26/27 January in Berlin. Pledges of US$ 7.539 billion were made for the next five years. This will enable Gavi to help countries immunise an additional 300 million children, saving six million lives. Chancellor Merkel announced at the conference that Germany will increase its contribution to Gavi to EUR 600 million.

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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.

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Social audit held under a canopy near the health post.

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.

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HESP Updates

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Health & Social Protection Country Programmes

"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.

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All hands on deck against Ebola

GIZ supports Ghana’s Ebola preparedness

According to WHO Ghana is one of 15 ‘high priority’ countries for building Ebola outbreak response capacity. Working closely with its public and private sector partners, GIZ is doing its part to ensure that the country is ready to detect and respond to Ebola, quickly and effectively, if and when it arrives.

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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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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.

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International Dialogue Participants 2014

Putting SRHR back on the agenda

12th International Dialogue in Berlin, 5-6 November 2014

The 12th International Dialogue on Population and Sustainable Development closed in Berlin on November 6, with delegates highlighting the need to include sexual and reproductive health and rights in the post-2015 development agenda.

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Policy priorities

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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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