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COVID-19

A market in Lilongwe in times of COVID-19

Malawi
With Malawi against COVID-19: The challenges

Could a ‘one size fits all’ lockdown response end up harming more people than the virus itself in least developed countries, such as Malawi? Are the ‘right’ measures being put in place and are they working?  These are the questions pondered by German Development Cooperation and other partners working with the Government of Malawi in the COVID-19 crisis.

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COVID-19

Participants in a case management training

Liberia
No more simulations: pandemic preparedness gets real

Since 2016 the Liberian-German Health Programme has worked to strengthen systems for disease surveillance and response at the national, county and community levels. With the arrival of the novel coronavirus, years of preparation are now being put into practice. The quick activation of the epidemic preparedness and response system shows the progress that has been made.

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InFocus

Dr Eva Kantelhardt and Mr Muluken Gizaw

Hospital partnerships
Better cancer care for women in Ethiopia

Cervical cancer is easily preventable, but a lack of screening means that many women in Ethiopia are diagnosed late – and then face long waiting times to see a cancer specialist. With support from the Hospital Partnerships programme, multidisciplinary teams from the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg and Addis Ababa University have been tackling these challenges together.

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Project stories

Staff of supreme national auditing institutions at Ghana roundtable meeting

BACKUP Health
Enabling national audit institutions to audit GF grants

Most countries in Sub-Saharan Africa contract private accounting firms to audit GFATM grants rather than putting their own Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) in charge. This is a missed opportunity for enhancing country ownership and it costs scarce grant resources. BACKUP Health and Aidspan entered into a grant agreement to change this situation.

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COVID-19

Social protection in times of COVID-19

Three initiatives
Mobilising social protection expertise in an emergency

As economies worldwide grind to a halt due to lockdown measures, the star of social protection is rising: Governments which saw social protection schemes as ‘nice-to-haves’ now recognise that they are essential for their populations’ and their own political survival. What can be done, right here, right now? A rapid response team provides orientation.

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Good reads

Staff at Central Treatment Facility, Pokhara

Nepal
Hot off the press: 'No time to waste' in Nepal

This publication offers a snapshot of the challenges, as well as the progress being made in healthcare waste management in Nepal. It distils some of the key themes and learnings from a national workshop, provides examples of diverse healthcare waste management initiatives, and presents the views of individuals who are transforming waste from a problem into an opportunity.

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Hot off the press

A software for disease surveillance and outbreak response

New GHPC study
A software for disease surveillance and outbreak response

The SORMAS (Surveillance, Outbreak Response Management and Analysis System) software, an initiative of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in cooperation with Nigeria‘s Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), grew directly out of the experience of tackling Ebola in Nigeria. This case study aims to answer the question: ‘How does SORMAS improve countries' outbreak management and digital health ecosystems?'.

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What's new

Parliamentary State Secretary Dr Maria Flachsbarth

Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights
Keeping women and girls at the center during COVID-19

The German government has joined a global call to protect sexual and reproductive health and rights in the COVID-19 crisis. On May 6th 2020, 59 governments and 39 ministers from around the world released a statement which reaffirms the need to put women and girls at the center of COVID-19 response efforts.

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Hot off the press

Trusted partners for UHC

New GHPC study
Trusted partners for UHC

This comparative review of GDC’s experience in India and Indonesia shows how German technical cooperation can position itself and what type of support it can deliver to advance social health protection in partner countries. It has been most effective where advisors engaged in a solution-focused, adaptive, and politically informed approach.

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