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Inhabitants of Chamuria village

Bangladesh
Piloting a social health protection scheme for Bangladesh’s poor

The pilot introduction of social health insurance for Below Poverty Line (BPL) households in Tangail District, which German Development Cooperation supports through KfW, is an innovative example of outcome-based financing. Operated by a private insurance company under Government contract, the scheme pays for services delivered, using predefined Diagnosis-Related Groups (DRGs).

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Health Sector Programme booth at Devolution Conference

Kenya
Health at the forefront at Kenya’s annual Devolution Conference

Kenya’s Devolution Conference is a major opportunity for county governments to reflect on the challenges and achievements of decentralised governance. This year, health officials from three counties shared approaches they have developed and implemented with German support to foster greater accountability in the health sector.

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UNFPA Director Natalia Kanem addressing the Commission on Population and Development

UN Commission on Population and Development
Standing strong for sexual & reproductive health rights

Sustainable cities, human mobility and international migration were at the core of discussions at the 51st session of the UN Commission on Population and Development. Germany helped forge a global alliance that stood strong in its defense of sexual and reproductive health and rights.

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Feeding back to the community after data collection

Digitalising social protection
Malawi’s bold vision for a Unified Social Registry

With German support, Malawi is developing a state of the art social registry, providing a single source of data for the many social protection programmes operating in the country. It will reduce fragmentation of social protection efforts, enable more efficient use of resources, and produce made-to-measure data sets for a wide range of clients.

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Good reads

Guttmacher-Lancet Commission presents its new roadmap for SRHR

SRHR
Time for a new Roadmap for Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights

Issues of SRHR such as contraception, maternal and newborn health, safe abortion, gender-based violence, the prevention of HIV/STI’s and infertility lie at the heart of the Guttmacher-Lancet Commission´s new report. It defines thematic priorities and recommends a package of essential interventions that make the full set of SRHR a reality for all.

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Hot off the press

Young Togolese men training as electricians

Population Dynamics
Getting a better grasp on Togo’s future: Population dynamics at the heart of development planning

This case study traces how the Government of Togo, with support from German Development Cooperation, embarked on a process of improving planning in all sectors by integrating population dynamics. A striking feature is the Togolese government's strong appropriation and continuing pursuit of the approach also after the end of German support.

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Project stories

Taking a pregnant woman‘s vital signs upon admission to maternity ward

Kenya
Learning from tragedy in a ‘no blame’ environment

More than 7000 women die every year in Kenya during pregnancy, delivery or shortly after giving birth. With German support, the county health department in Kisumu now conducts a detailed audit of every maternal and perinatal death to find out what went wrong and how to prevent it from happening again.

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Workshop participants from six countries

BACKUP Health
Exchange for Change (E4C)

In January and February 2018 the German BACKUP initiative organised two regional workshops in Ouagadougou and Lilongwe. Health experts from 16 countries used the innovative ‘LEGO Serious Play’ methodology to explore common bottlenecks in implementing Global Fund-financed health programmes and to design novel solutions to address them.

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Investing in research and development for neglected tropical diseases

Neglected diseases
Investing in neglected diseases

The Global Health Investment Fund (GHIF) is unique in that it is the world’s only social impact fund that addresses the pressing global health problems of neglected diseases whilst generating sustainable financial returns. Five years after it was first established the Fund has a successful portfolio of investments that prove that it is possible to do both.

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