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Team from Chad debating on UHC at Rabat module

Leadership
Fostering leadership for UHC in Francophone Africa

Our country has passed a law on Universal Health Coverage - but how do we make UHC a reality?’ In a spacious, well-lit room, high-ranking ministry officials, political leaders, civil society representatives and health professionals from Benin, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire and Madagascar are debating this challenge.

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Members of the G20 Health Working Group

G20 Health Experts
Thinking outside the box to strengthen health systems

Members of the newly established G20 Health Working Group met in Berlin from 28th February to 2nd March 2017 to prepare for the first ever G20 Health Ministers’ Meeting in May 2017. On the agenda were antimicrobial resistance, epidemic preparedness and, as an important part of this, health systems strengthening.

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Enrolling a new beneficiary in Nepal’s National Health Insurance

Social health protection
Open source software for social health insurance

Many countries have turned to open source software as a flexible, reliable and low-cost approach to managing their health information systems. Germany and Switzerland have now joined forces to facilitate the creation of an open source solution for social health insurance and to foster the global community needed to support it.

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Practising neonatal resuscitation

Neonatal health
Critical days after birth: neonatal resuscitation saves hundreds of babies in Vietnam

In Vietnam, two thirds of all infants’ deaths occur within the first 28 days after birth. To lower this rate, the Ministry of Health and German Development Cooperation partnered to establish five Continuous Medical Education centers that now provide tailor-made training courses, including in neonatal resuscitation, for doctors, nurses and hospital technicians.

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Sultan Kussetov, Ministry of Internal Affairs Kazakhstan, during the press conference

Central Asia
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.

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Kenyan teams and Deputy Director Baur, BMZ

International German Forum
Kenyan IT-students impress international health experts

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.

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Mbeya Hos­pi­tal, Tan­za­nia

Hospital partnerships
ESTHER University and Hospital Partnerships in Africa

As a consequence of the Ebola crisis in West Africa, ESTHER Germany is expanding its partnership network, aiming to strengthen epidemic preparedness and patient safety on the African continent. It is calling German and African health institutions to submit expressions of interest for partnerships to improve patient safety.

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Expert meeting: G20 for a healthy tomorrow

G20 expert meeting
Expert meeting: G20 for a healthy tomorrow

"Taking Action against health threats - is the world better prepared?" Under this motto over 100 representatives of the G20, civil society, private sector and academia gathered in Berlin on 7/8 December 2016. The Federal Ministry of Health hosted this event, supported by GIZ and the Robert Koch Institute.

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InFocus

Nurses check expectant mother in Kisumu clinic

Kenya
Can health service devolution strengthen accountability?

In the face of alarming numbers of maternal death, everyday corruption and too many unsatisfied service users, Kisumu’s health minister decided that it was time for comprehensive changes. With German support, she has begun to introduce a culture of accountability – and her determination is having surprising effects.

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