Counselling youth by mobile phone:

A South African loveLife HIV prevention programme

Towards The World

Towards the World: A different kind of youth exchange

Young South Africans take HIV leadership to Dresden


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


Counselling youth by mobile phone:

A South African loveLife HIV prevention programme

In focus

Music session in Teen-club

Minding the gap

A BMZ - UNICEF partnership for adolescents' sexual and reproductive health and rights in Malawi

By the time they are 18, most girls in Malawi have three children, and the country’s HIV incidence for adolescents has remained worryingly high. This is why GIZ, on behalf of BMZ and UNICEF jointly launched a programme to reach Malawi’s youths, including those who are HIV positive, with the information and services they need to know their HIV status, avoid unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections.

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Good reads

Counselling youths by phone

Counselling youth by mobile phone 

A new GHPC publication about a South African loveLife HIV prevention programme

A civil society organisation based in Johannesburg, loveLife runs a Contact Centre offering psycho-social counselling by phone and internet. This report focuses on Germany’s support for measures to ensure counselling of best possible quality to as many people as possible. The ultimate aim is to prevent HIV and promote sexual and reproductive health and general well-being among South Africa’s adolescents and young adults.

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What's on

ESTHER-supported hospital

Coming of age

ESTHER Germany celebrates its 10th anniversary

Launched by Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in 2004, ESTHER (Ensemble pour une Solidarité Thérapeutique Hospitalière en Réseau) Germany has a lot to be proud of. This is why, on November 26, BMZ will host an anniversary event where experts from collaborating organisations will jointly take stock and share what the ESTHER partnerships have achieved to date.

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HESP Updates

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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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Ebola virus virion

The macroeconomic consequences of Ebola

A new one-pager by KfW

Authors Povel and Denzer explain on just one page in what way and to what extent Ebola has affected the economies of the three hardest-hit countries in West Africa. They also show how comparatively low-cost preventive measures have so far protected neighboring countries and point at the fact that, in the long run, only investments in health system strengthening can avoid similar outbreaks. The one-pager is only available in German.

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Vaccination campaign against polio in India

Infectious diseases: “We need staying power”

In an interview with the magazine D+C Andrea Holzäpfel, a public health expert from KfW Development Bank, explains how fighting infectious diseases and strengthening health systems must go hand in hand – a priority of BMZ’s health policy once more confirmed by the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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What's new

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

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