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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Our latest publication

Loggin on to DHIS2 from the Ramu Upazila Health Clinic

A Quiet Revolution:

Strengthening the Routine Health Information System in Bangladesh

This new publication describes how Bangladesh’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, with German support, has been using the renowned open source software DHIS2 to streamline the country’s routine health information system.

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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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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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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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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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What's new

Communal Malaria Meeting

The Second Global Malaria Action Plan

The Roll Back Malaria Partnership has now initiated the process of developing the second generation Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP2) for the period 2016-2030. The GMAP2 will position malaria in the post-2015 agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals. It will be a multisectoral, action-oriented document designed to accelerate progress in further reducing the burden and eliminating malaria at regional, national and sub-national levels. You can participate in the development by submitting an idea, case study or lesson learnt.

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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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