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Building a national OST programme in Nepal

This case study describes how a national opioid substitution therapy (OST) programme was established in Nepal and explores how an approach developed for an industrialised country such as Germany can effectively be applied in a low-income country like Nepal.

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Vo­ca­tional train­ing at panti so­cial

Boosting the employability of persons with disabilities

Persons with disabilities face significant disadvantages when it comes to their education and employment. This new report discusses how in Indonesia social care units (panti sosial) aim to boost their employability by building relations with employers and adapting vocational training to private sector demands.

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Prashant Ma­har­jan and Ra­jesh De­sar

OST in Nepal: Out of harm's way

Despite increasing levels of injecting drug use, evidence-based drug treatment programmes have been slow to take root in Nepal. A national opioid substitution therapy programme supported by German Development Cooperation points the way forward to integrated care for people who inject drugs.

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WHA side event
From a joint understanding to joined actions in strengthening health systems

A milestone for the Roadmap ‘Healthy Systems - Healthy Lives’: 200 participants discussed a draft political declaration and technical paper of the Roadmap during a side event of the World Health Assembly on 27 May 2016.

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Social Protection Systems - Tying the Knots

International Symposium in Bonn
Social Protection Systems - Tying the knots

On September 5-6, 2016, BMZ, GIZ, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, German Development Institute, the Maastricht School of Governance and the Hochschule Bonn Rhein Sieg jointly organise a conference on social protection system building for academics, politicians and development practitioners in Bonn.

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Rapid-response health team sent to Togo to counter epidemics

Epidemic preparedness
Rapid-response team sent to Togo

On 9 June, Federal Development Minister Gerd Müller and Togolese President Faure Gnassingbé agreed at their meeting in Berlin that Germany, in cooperation with the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine, will support Togo’s epidemic preparedness. The Togolese government requested this support after two cases of Lassa fever were detected on its territory.

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The core faculty for the first MSPH intake in 2007-2008

GHPC case study
The story of Pakistan’s Health Services Academy: Creating a public health champion

Over the past twenty-five years, Islamabad’s Health Services Academy grew from a small government in-service training centre into an autonomous academic institution renowned for its high-quality public health training. This case study looks at the way German Development Cooperation supported it on this journey.

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Leadership for UHC
High Level Policy Dialogue for Universal Health Coverage in Zambia

A multi-sectoral, high-level group – drawn from across government, the private sector, academia, civil society and selected development partners from the local P4H network - came together in February this year to develop their leadership skills and to work collaboratively in identifying the next steps for building universal health coverage in Zambia.

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Expert talk, GIZ Bonn, 20 April 2016

Financial governance
The missing link? Good financial governance and health systems strengthening

Strengthening health systems for better health outcomes requires more domestic investment in health but also improvements in how funds are managed and spent. Yet good financial governance and health systems specialists have often talked past each other. How can we change this?

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Published every two weeks, our News Briefing provides you with an overview of recently published open access publications on health and social protection in low- and middle-income countries, as well as updates about new items on Healthy Developments.

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