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Women participating in initial community consultations, Nowshera

Pakistan
Dialogues bridging gender divides in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

In two districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, dialogues across generational and gender hierarchies addressed cultural practices that harm women’s reproductive health and rights. Contrary to concerns that the approach might not be suitable for the conservative cultural context, the response was overwhelmingly positive and first results exceeded expectations.

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Health provider attending mother and baby in Dedza District Hospital, Malawi.

German Health Practice Collection
How rewards improve health practice in Malawi: Learnings from a Maternal and Newborn Health Initiative

Since 2012, KfW on behalf of BMZ has supported a results-based financing initiative for maternal and newborn health (RBF4MNH) in four districts in Malawi. During this time, extensive research has been undertaken, yielding interesting findings. This new case study presents the key insights gained by Malawian and German partners in the implementation process.

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New Evidence Brief: Local pharmaceutical production can support health system strengthening

German Health Practice Collection
New Evidence Brief: Local pharmaceutical production can support health system strengthening

In this new GHPC study, Mackintosh et al. argue that local pharmaceutical production can improve access to medicines and help to generate the scientific, technological and skills base for building stronger and more resilient health systems. The mutual health-industry benefits also depend on inclusive, population-focused health services, and on effective industrial regulation.

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Participants after the discussion

Health Systems Strengthening
Private sector can help build African health systems

‘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 in Geneva, 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.

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Innovation Factory members from Cameroon, Germany, Kenya and Tanzania

re:publica 2017
Interoperability is key for digital health solutions in Africa

At the re:publica convention on 9 May 2017 in Berlin, Steven Macharia, a digital health expert from Kenya, stated one of the Innovation Factory’s goals: ‘We promote interoperability between data management systems to help create a situation in which high quality health data is available and can be accessed by all who need it, when they need it’.

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A DHIS2 training workshop in St. George’s, Grenada

Climate change and health
Improving climate-sensitive disease surveillance in Grenada

Grenada’s pa­per-based health in­for­ma­tion sys­tem is poorly suited for mon­i­tor­ing cli­mate-sen­si­tive dis­eases. With Ger­man sup­port, the Min­istry of Health is adopt­ing the open source soft­ware DHIS2 which will greatly ease rou­tine data col­lec­tion – and pro­vide a pow­er­ful plat­form for in­te­grat­ing health, vec­tor and cli­mate data.

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

World Health Assembly
Launch of a Joint Vision for Health Systems Strengthening for UHC

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).

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Brigitte Zypries, Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy and Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS with representatives of Mach4, GIZ and Right to Care

South Africa
Game changer: Automated pharmacy dispensing in South Africa

A German company, Mach4, has received the first-ever German Global Health Award for its role as technology provider to Pharmacy of the Future, a development partnership which is improving pharmacy dispensing and access to medicines for the 22 million South Africans who require chronic medication.

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The panelists

Population dynamics
Realizing the Demographic Dividend in Africa

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.

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