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

World Health Summit
Reporting from the World Health Summit 2018

On October 14-16 2018, 2,400 participants from over 100 nations attended the 10th World Health Summit (WHS) in Berlin. Representatives of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and its implementing organisations, KfW and GIZ, hosted, co-organised and participated in several WHS sessions. Healthy DEvelopments brings you the highlights.

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Digitalising Nepal’s health sector

Nepal
Digitalising Nepal’s health sector - A country’s journey towards an interoperable digital health ecosystem

Nepal has made remarkable progress on its journey towards the creation of an interoperable digital health ecosystem, and the Nepali-German Health Programme acts as an effective catalyst: bringing together the many digital health initiatives, building consensus among Nepal’s digital health stakeholders and working towards the delivery of a more harmonised and aligned digital approach.

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Dereje Wordofa, Mina Barling, Adriana Domagola, Ann Starrs, moderator

International Dialogue
A new push for progress on sexual and reproductive health and rights – 25 years after cairo

On 23rd and 24th October 2018 over 100 representatives from governments, civil society, academia and private sector from almost 40 countries gathered at the 16th International Dialogue in Berlin. In a series of discussions and participatory formats, they discussed how to push progress for sexual and reproductive health and rights for everyone.

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Table Top Exercise about a fictional cross border outbreak

Kenya
Outbreak preparedness in the East African Community

On the way to better pandemic preparedness in the region, the East African Secretariat, with support from GIZ on behalf of the German government, conducted a two day Table Top Exercise on outbreak response. This exercise will be followed by a Full Field Simulation in June 2019.

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Teaching school children how to make reusable sanitary napkins out of cloth

Nepal
Fighting discriminatory practices and ‘period poverty’

Although menstruation is a natural process signaling a girl’s entry into womanhood, in many low-income countries such as Nepal, adolescent girls and women face significant challenges when it comes to managing menstruation health hygienically, with dignity, security and confidence. With German technical assistance, Nepal has begun to tackle this challenge.

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Tying the knots: A conference on digitalising social protection systems

Digital social protection
Tying the knots: A conference on digitalising social protection systems

Optimizing service delivery, analytics and transparency, digital solutions can reduce fragmentation and enable a systems approach to universal social protection. On 14 September 2018, a 1-day conference at Bonn’s University Club provided a platform for the discussion of concepts and experiences in the field of digital social protection.

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GIZ Symposium 2018: Globalisation – Revisited

Conference
GIZ Symposium 2018: Globalisation – Revisited

From 11-13 September the GIZ Symposium took a fresh look at both the challenges being posed by globalisation and the opportunities which it presents. To what extent is development cooperation in the ‘social sectors’ identifying local answers to global concerns including migration, climate change and deepening inequality? Read our daily updates.

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Keiso Matashane-Marite from the UN Economic Commission for Africa during her speech

Kenya
Taking a unified stance for women’s rights in Africa

In July 2018, the Africa Regional Dialogue on Advancing Gender Equality and Rights took place in Nairobi, Kenya. Experts from civil society from all over the world joined forces to explore what remains to be done to realize women’s rights in Africa. At the forefront of the discussions were key issues such as the prevention of HIV, gender-based violence against women, harmful practices and reproductive health and rights.

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Access to medicines
Medicines made in Kenya are mostly cheaper than imports

A recently published study underlines the positive development of the Kenyan pharmaceutical industry: locally produced medicines outperform imported products in terms of their better availability and their lower prices. Nonetheless, what Kenyan patients have to pay for them still exceeds international reference prices by far.

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