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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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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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Good reads

Managing Health Information

The incredible power of the system

Bangladesh’s leading daily reports on German support to the country's health information system

In a recent article published in Bangladesh's Daily Star, Prof. Abul Kalam Azad points out that the digital health information system and the eHealth solutions Bangladesh is putting into practice with German support are drawing global attention: They  improve health system efficiency and quality, help the ministry to reach the citizens with service, bridge the urban-rural digital divide and generate evidence for decision-making.

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HESP Updates


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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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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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What's new

Norbert Hauser & Aida Kurtovic

Global Fund: Norbert Hauser appointed as Board Chair

At its 33rd meeting in Geneva, the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria appointed Norbert Hauser from Germany as its new Chair. Norbert Hauser and Vice-Chair Aida Kurtovic will be leading the Board for the next two years, a critical time for the Global Fund as it has embarked on developing a new 5-year strategy. In this context many constituencies including Germany underlined the importance of investments in resilient health systems.

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What's on

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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In focus

Obstetricians and midwives review patient charts

Training multidisciplinary medical teams in emergency obstetric care

Medical teams in maternity hospitals all around the world often face life and death situations during deliveries. Yet in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, anesthesiologists and intensive care doctors have not been trained in the methods their colleagues in other countries regularly use to save the lives of mothers and their babies. German Development Cooperation is addressing this gap by building their clinical skills and by promoting new evidence-based protocols for obstetric emergencies.

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

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