The Tangled Lives of Philip Wetu

A Namibian story about life choices and HIV


Breaking down Barriers

An inclusion programme in Cambodia

Tansania: Working session at  "femina hip"

The Healthy Developments Student Prize 2014

How would you tackle Tanzania’s health workforce challenges?


Leading the way to Universal Health Coverage

A leadership programme run jointly by GIZ and the World Bank Institute

Opening session of the Sector Network Meeting 2014

Quality of Growth: the role of Health and Social Protection

Regional Conference of the Sector Network Health and Social Protection Africa, MENA and LAC


The Tangled Lives of Philip Wetu

A Namibian story about life choices and HIV

In focus

"Towards The World" participants in Berlin

Towards The World

South African-German exchange strengthens HIV and AIDS youth leadership

At the BMZ conference on September 11th, 2014 "Africa - continent of opportunities, a partnership for change", Jabu and Sibu, two young South African leaders, will share their experience of being part of the first Europawärts youth exchange programme. Staying with German families and working with schools and youth groups, they learned about the German way of life and brought their South African perspective to issues of relevance for youngsters in both countries.

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What's on

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How would you tackle Tanzania’s health workforce challenges?

The Healthy Developments Student Prize 2014

48 teams from colleges and universities in Tanzania and four other countries have submitted proposals following the call by the Tanzanian-German Programme to Support Health and Healthy DEvelopments to develop innovative approaches to Tanzania’s longstanding health workforce challenges. The winning teams will be announced at the beginning of September.

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What's on

Free counselling service through a call-back line

New proposals for good practices publication series

Hospital partnerships in Tanzania and Cameroon; inclusion of people with disability in Cambodia; public health education in Pakistan; and health workers for emergency obstetric care in Central Asia – these are this year’s four proposals submitted to the German Health Practice Collection by health and social protection programmes of German Development Cooperation. You are invited to take part in the selection process, read the proposals and share your comments until the end of September 2014.

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HESP Updates

Good reads

Title page: Philip Wetu

The Tangled Lives of Philip Wetu

A Namibian story about life choices and HIV

Philip Wetu is a successful Namibian IT consultant with a complex love life: Enjoying sexual relationships with several women simultaneously, he puts himself and those he cares about at risk of HIV. Philip’s story is the basis for a social change communication approach, consisting of an interactive film, a comic strip in a Namibia’s leading daily, school materials and a Facebook page.

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What's new

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A "Vision 2020" for Cam Thuy Hospital

How Vietnamese-German cooperation has transformed a district hospital

Four years after they helped Cam Thuy Hospital staff formulate their first strategic plan and long-term vision, a GIZ team comes to revisit the same district hospital. And they are thoroughly impressed by what they see.

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Good reads


Integrated services for sex workers in Zimbabwe featured in new WHO guidelines

German Cooperation (via GIZ) has been supporting the NGO CeSHHAR to provide integrated services for sex workers in Zimbabwe. The programme now reaches around 14,000 women with services such as HIV testing and counselling, STI treatment, contraceptives, health education and legal advice.

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Methods and Tools

Quality managment in laboratory

GIZ quality management toolbox

A new GIZ website describes quality management (QM) approaches supported by German Development Cooperation (GIZ) in its partner countries. The website provides information on specific QM approaches (including systemic quality improvement, accreditation, certification and excellence model), the results of GIZ programmes, examples from more than 10 countries and the range of GIZ services related to QM.

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About us

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Healthy DEvelopments is the web portal on German Development Cooperation in health and social protection. It is your point of entry to:

Access cutting edge knowledge on good practices, tools and concepts, including the peer-reviewed German Health Practice Collection which documents approaches, results and lessons learnt of successful programmes

Keep up with Germany’s contributions to international debates through news, publications, articles and monthly features, as well as updates on conferences and events

Learn more about Germany’s projects in partner countries as well as its participation in global initiatives and networks

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

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