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Reporting from the World Health Summit 2018

Keynotes, panels and debates related to German Development Cooperation in health

Chancellor Angela Merkel, Detlev Ganten, Dr Tedros and Emma Solberg at Joint Keynote Session

On October 14-16 2018, 2,400 participants from over 100 nations attended the 10th World Health Summit (WHS) in Berlin, sharing their knowledge and experiences in an atmosphere of friendliness and curiosity combined with a strong interest in learning from one another.

Together with the Grand Challenges Annual Meeting of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation the Summit hosted a Joint Plenary Session with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Microsoft Founder Bill Gates, and the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros, each of them affirming their commitment to collaborating to achieve the health-related Sustainable Development Goals

Representatives of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and its implementing organisations, KfW and GIZ, played active roles at the WHS, hosting, co-organising and participating in several inspiring sessions. Healthy DEvelopments brings you the highlights of a series of stimulating presentations and lively debates.

Are we ready for the next one?

A panel at the World Health Summit reflects on pandemic preparedness in the 21st Century

Every month thousands of public health threats are detected in countries around the world, each signaling the possible start of a disease outbreak which could once more spiral into an epidemic with vast social and economic costs. At the session ‘Pandemic Preparedness in the 21st century’, a high-level expert panel took stock of progress made since the 2014 Ebola outbreak.

Launching the Principles of Donor Alignment for Digital Health

Development partners commit to overcoming fragmentation and duplication

Digitalisation in low- and middle-income countries keeps accelerating, with the health sector at the forefront. Where different development partners promote the use of separate information systems, fragmentation, duplication and health system inefficiencies result. The session ‘Digital health in developing countries’ at the World Health 2018 saw a lively debate on this and related issues.

Challenges and breakthroughs on the road to UHC

Public and private sector viewpoints from Thailand, Iran, Malawi, Nigeria and Germany

While the vision of Universal Health Coverage enjoys strong international support, implementing it at country level is far from straightforward. At the World Health Summit, Ilona Kickbusch and a panel of public and private sector health experts explored the technical and political challenges countries must overcome on the road to UHC.

The Global Action Plan for Health and Well-Being

Putting health at the centre of the Sustainable Development Agenda

Three years since their launch, it is clear that the pace of progress will have to be accelerated if the SDGs are to be achieved by 2030. This is why the SDG 3 Global Action Plan aims to unite global, national and local actors in a historic commitment to health and well-being for all. The BMZ is stepping up to support the Plan by helping to create broad ownership for it in partner countries.

How hospital partnerships can make a difference

Presenting the initiative ‘Hospital Partnerships – Partners Strengthen Health’ on the world stage

Institutional capacity development was the focus of a panel discussion held on October 15 2018 at the World Health Summit in Berlin between African and German partners in Germany’s most recent initiative for promoting hospital partnerships. Entitled ‘Hospital partnerships for improved service delivery – strengthening competencies of medical personnel’ it attracted over 150 international participants.

Grand Challenges for the Global Action Plan for Health and Wellbeing

BMZ joins forces with BMG and BMBF to engage scientists in innovating for health

Joining forces with the federal ministries of health (BMG) and of research and education (BMBF), the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) invited the scientists and researchers attending the Grand Challenges Annual Meeting to help realise the Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Wellbeing. At a round table event, it gauged scientists’ and researchers’ views on it.

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