Events 2017

Health and so­cial pro­tec­tion con­fer­ences and events in 2017 to which Ger­man De­vel­op­ment Co­op­er­a­tion con­tributed: Get an overview.

15th International Dialogue in Berlin: Leaving no one behind

Caroline Kwamboka and Eunice Murambi, IPPF, and Albert Eckert, moderator

Young people, people living with disabilities, and people living in fragile settings continue to be among the least able to realise their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), and are vulnerable to discrimination, violence and illness. Safeguarding SRHR for these very groups lies at the heart of the 2030 Agenda vision for sustainable development. Read more

Scaling up Sexual and Reproductive Health for youths in the ESA region

Partners from ESA countries discuss next steps

From 25 to 27 October 2017 high-level political decision-makers and implementers from health, education, youth and gender sectors, including the UN family, gathered in Pretoria for a transnational learning exchange conference, hosted by the ESA (Eastern and Southern Africa) Regional Programme for Implementation of the ESA Commitment, commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Read more

Lessons for the Future

Delegates at Lessons for the Future conference

During West Africa’s Ebola outbreak (2014-16) some 500 East African professionals from various disciplines supported their West African colleagues in responding to the epidemic. This conference brought together some of these professionals to share their experiences for the first time and to document the lessons learned so that these as a result of these can inform future responses to major disease outbreaks on the continent. Read more

What’s the way forward for digital health in development?

Head of GIZ Competence Center Health, Michael Adelhardt, speaks at the WHS

Investments in information technology can strengthen health systems and improve the delivery of health services. But in the rush to digitise, there’s a risk that the careful planning and consultations needed for sustainable solutions get overshadowed. Finding the balance is difficult, but possible. Read more

KfW hackathon generates innovative urban health solutions

The winning team

At this year’s World Health Summit, KfW Entwicklungsbank organised a two-day hackathon at which teams of young experts from countries around the world searched for innovative solutions to urban health challenges. At the award ceremony KfW General Manager Joachim Nagel praised the three winning teams, saying that ‘the international community needs innovations like these to tackle the enormous challenges it faces’. Read more

Social protection for people caught up in protracted crises

African family in need of social protection

The number of people forced to leave their homes has reached an all-time high. Fresh and practical solutions to extend social protection to people caught up in the world’s current protracted crises were at the centre of an international conference in Brussels on 28/29 September, organized jointly by UNICEF, German Development Cooperation, EU Commission and other partners. Read more

Mystery disease outbreak in ‘Anycountry’

SEEG experts and cooperation partners preparing for missions

Have you already heard of the mysterious disease outbreak in distant ‘Anycountry’, where – through the onset of heavy rainfall – mainly the marginalized nomad population in the south of the country is affected? No? For the 30 experts who participated in the pre-deployment training of the Epidemic Preparedness Team (SEEG) from 7th – 9th August, the outbreak was unexpected, too. Read more

Interoperability is key for digital health solutions in Africa

Innovation Factory members from Cameroon, Germany, Kenya and Tanzania

At re:publica the Innovation Factory presented digital solutions for pregnancy and delivery care Read more

Pri­vate sec­tor can help build African health sys­tems

Participants after the discussion

‘Pas­sion­ate part­ner­ships rooted in strong lo­cal own­er­ship are the key to reach­ing Uni­ver­sal Health Cov­er­age’, said Dr. Ndung’u Ka­rau, Kenya’s Am­bas­sador to the United Na­tions, at the panel dis­cus­sion hosted by the Friends of the Global Fund on June 13, 2017. Jointly, lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies can make these part­ner­ships suc­cess­ful. Read more

Realizing the Demographic Dividend in Africa

The panelists

Are the potential economic benefits of demographic change in Africa ready to be seized? At the 2017 European Development Days GIZ brought this question to the fore in a lab debate, taking a closer look at the opportunities and challenges of the Demographic Dividend. Read more

Launch of a Joint Vision for Health Systems Strengthening

Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director General, and new members of UHC2030

On 24 May, the strategy paper “Healthy systems for UHC – a joint vision for healthy lives” was launched at a high level side event of the 70th World Health Assembly. The document is the result of a comprehensive international consultation process, significantly shaped by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Read more

Connecting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development & Paris Climate Agreement

Introduction speech by MinR H. Warnken, BMZ

“We need to make health systems everybody’s business” says Heiko Warnken, Head of the Division for Health, Social Security and Population Policy, BMZ, in a break-out session on forging linkages between health and climate agendas at the Interconnection Conference hosted by the German Development Institute (DIE) in Bonn. Read more

On October 15-17, KfW Development Bank will organize a hackathon in Berlin in cooperation with the World Health Summit (WHS). Small and multi-disciplinary teams will create and develop ideas on how to improve urban health in Africa, Asia and Latin America and present these to an audience of experts from all over the world.

Changing Age Structures and Sustainable Development

Panellists at CPD side event

From 3 to 7 April 2017, the Commission on Population and Development held its 50th session at the UN headquarters in New York. At a side event hosted by Japan and Germany, panellists discussed current challenges in realizing access to sexual and reproductive health and rights for all. Read more

Kenyan IT-students impress international health experts

Kenyan teams and Deputy Director Baur, BMZ

Six young Kenyans presented their IT-based ideas for better healthcare in Kenya at the International German Forum. Hosting the Forum, Chancellor Angela Merkel emphasized that health is a key topic for Germany’s G20 presidency and thanked the Kenyan hackers for their commitment to improving global health. Read more

From Nairobi to Berlin: Young hackers for Global Health


Three interdisciplinary teams of young professionals from Nairobi will present their e-health projects for health promotion and disease prevention for young people in Kenya to the International German Forum in Berlin on 21/22 February 2017. What happens when Kenyan hackers meet German IT experts and business leaders? Read more

Joining forces against demand for drugs in Central Asia

Delegations from five Central Asian countries came to Astana/ Kazakhstan, to take part in the 2nd Regional Steering Committee Meeting of the Central Asia Drug Action Programme (CADAP). The meeting highlighted partner countries’ achievements in effectively reducing both drug demand and supply. Read more

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