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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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