Increasing immunisation, strengthening healthcare systems

Gavi replenishment conference in Berlin, 26-27 January 2015


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

In focus

The Commissioner for Customs hands over protective equipment

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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Hot of the press

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

Children to be vaccinated in Tanzania

Increasing immunisation coverage, strengthening healthcare systems

Gavi replenishment conference in Berlin, 26/27 January 2015

As part of its G7 Presidency, Germany will host the replenishment conference for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. To date, Gavi programmes have led to 440 million children being immunised and thus protected against life-threatening diseases. To be able to do that the alliance needs new donor contributions totalling 7.5 billion US dollars. The German government has already announced that it will scale up its contribution to Gavi significantly, to a total of up to 500 million euros by 2020.

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HESP Updates

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Dr Farid Lamara describes the growth of the European ESTHER Alliance over the past 10 years

Coming of age: ESTHER Germany

Supporting partnerships between German universities and African hospitals

A look back at the first ten years of university and hospital partnerships under ESTHER Germany reveals the unique features of this innovative and relevant form of international cooperation. Direct, collaborative relationships between health professionals and their institutions in the North and South can help improve health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries.

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Kelvin Hui together with another panelist

Second ICT for UHC conference in Manila

On 2-3 December, conference delegates in Manila came together to learn more about each others’ experiences of employing information and communication technology (ICT) to move their countries’ health and social protection systems towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC). At the end of their meeting, they agreed on 'Ten Commitments' towards ICT for the health sector.

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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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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

Health assistant in 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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