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Schoolkids in Kasaji DR Congo

Sexual health and rights for a new generation

Germany launches regional programme in Eastern and Southern Africa

BMZ has commissioned GIZ to support the realisation of the ambitious ESA commitment in which 20 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa agreed to provide comprehensive sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health services to their young people. The new regional programme will draw on the expertise of existing German-supported health and education programmes in nine of these countries, and on their different practical tools for promoting young people’s sexual health and rights.

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Chanceller Merkel's key note speech at the World Health Assembly

Chancellor Merkel’s key note speech at the World Health Assembly

Every country needs to develop a resilient health system

On 18 May 2015, Angela Merkel gave an opening speech at the 68th World Health Assembly in Geneva. She highlighted why Germany has set health as a major issue for its G7 presidency and outlined three main priorities: drawing the lessons from Ebola, fighting neglected tropical diseases and containing antimicrobial resistance. She also addressed the changing role of the World Health Organization and announced that Germany will contribute an additional EUR 200m in 2015-2016 to build resilient health systems, of which EUR 70m will be focused on West Africa.

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A meeting at GIZ to review the German contribution to the international Ebola response

Danger passed? Lessons from Ebola

A meeting at GIZ to review German contributions to the Ebola response

On April 22, GIZ convened a meeting in Eschborn to reflect on German organisations’ experiences during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Walter Lindner, the German government’s Ebola Commissioner, and Gudrun Grosse Wiesmann, head of the BMZ’s Africa division as well as Andreas Proksch and Marina Mdaihli shared their perspectives on the crisis and what could be learned from it.

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HESP Updates

Call for Proposals

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Programmes invited to submit case study proposals for the German Health Practice Collection

Health and social protection programmes of German Development Cooperation and their partners are currently invited to submit proposals for case studies to be published in the German Health Practice Collection. The proposals will be reviewed in a participative process in mid-2015.

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Be prepared!

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has put pandemic preparedness and health system strengthening back on the global health agenda.

This is a good to time to revisit experiences that have already been made in this area. ‘Be prepared!’ is a publication on the German Pandemic Preparedness Initiative. From 2009 to 2013, this initiative supported countries in strengthening their readiness for disease outbreaks in line with the International Health Regulations. The lessons documented in the publication provide valuable insights for the current debate, ranging from preparedness planning, risk communication and health promotion to technology transfer and intersectoral collaboration.

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Presenter at Meeting

‘She matters’ - Empowering women and girls

 International G7/20 Parliamentarian’s meeting on 16/17 April in Berlin

 On 16th and 17th April, an international conference brought together 90 parliamentarians from 50 countries all over the world at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to discuss women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights, their economic empowerment and ways to prevent violence against women and girls.

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Health & Social Protection Country Programmes

"Where we work": Your gateway to country-specific information on Germany’s support to health and social protection

The new “Where we work” menu on Healthy DEvelopments gives you an overview of the main activities of all major country programmes of German Development Cooperation in health and social protection. The individual country pages also contain information on country context and indicators, as well as links to related material and publications on this website and beyond.

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This little jaundice patient is well taken care of and kept warm in an incubator

Towards better maternal and newborn care in rural Vietnam

Building provider confidence and changing client perceptions

An assessment of client perceptions and referral practices in provincial and district hospitals in Vietnam showed that the support provided by the German health programme has made a difference: Health workers feel more confident to manage more complex obstetric and newborn cases and parents have begun to trust local services to treat their newborns.

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Introductory video to The Hub

Health Systems Hub

 A new online platform on mixed (public and private) health systems

 The Mixed Health Systems Hub, a new website initiated by the HANSHEP group (Harnessing non-state actors for better health for the poor) is designed to support knowledge exchange, networking and collaboration among health practitioners, policymakers, researchers and development partners committed to creating equitable and sustainable health systems for all.

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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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