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Commitments written on hands, World Aids Day 2017

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How can access barriers to health services be removed?

According to UNAIDS, 62% of adult HIV infections in 2019 were amongst sex workers, gay men, men who have sex with men, transgender people, prisoners and drug users and their sexual partners. Too often, these groups encounter discrimination and social exclusion when they try to access HIV services.  A new guide for programme implementers points at ways to change this.

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COVID-19

Biomedical technicians at hospital lab in Accra, Ghana, put on PPE

Collaboration with private sector
Public-private synergies for health in times of Covid-19

The coronavirus pandemic highlights the critical importance of resilient health systems for the management of outbreaks and efficient healthcare provision for all. To strengthen them, the public health sector and private healthcare industries need to work together. GIZ’s extensive in-country experience and contacts can act as a catalyst for such collaboration.  

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What's new

openIMIS: Health and social protection’s digital backbone

Software for social protection
openIMIS: Health and social protection’s digital backbone

More than five million people are covered by health insurance schemes run on openIMIS, a free and open source software developed with German and Swiss support. Interest in openIMIS is growing as its ability to efficiently manage complex information flows becomes better known. Now, social protection schemes are keen to get onboard.

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COVID-19

The Camara family in Faranah

Guinea
From Ebola to COVID-19 in Guinea

Since the Ebola crisis, Guinea has taken steps to help its severely tried health system struggle back towards a semblance of normality. Important challenges remain and the existing gains are now threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic. German technical cooperation, with co-financing from the European Union, is supporting Guinea’s efforts to deal with this new crisis.

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In focus

A father and son at the OWO in Nowshera

Pakistan
Social protection via One-Window Operations in Pakistan

Assistance to the needy and vulnerable, a core value of Pakistani culture, gets a boost from a German-supported project. In the face of a deepening economic crisis, now compounded by the coronavirus pandemic, the project works on optimising efficiency and coordination of existing social protection schemes both at physical service points and through newly linked data streams. 

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COVID-19

Doctors and operators of the national COVID-19 hotline being coached in communication skills and in dealing with difficult calls

Libya
Supporting healthcare in Libya: Mission impossible?

Libya is facing enormous challenges, ranging from brutal fighting to attacks on hospitals. Close to 400,000 Libyans have been displaced since the start of the conflict– around half of them within the past year. And now there is also the COVID-19 pandemic. In a double emergency, how can German Cooperation and the EU assist effectively?

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In focus

Dr Eva Kantelhardt and Mr Muluken Gizaw

Hospital partnerships
Better cancer care for women in Ethiopia

Cervical cancer is easily preventable, but a lack of screening means that many women in Ethiopia are diagnosed late – and then face long waiting times to see a cancer specialist. With support from the Hospital Partnerships programme, multidisciplinary teams from the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg and Addis Ababa University have been tackling these challenges together.

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COVID-19

Training at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to mitigate risks from COVID-19

EAC
Training for the ‘new normal’ in East African aviation

East African airspace shut down in mid-March in an attempt to prevent the spread of coronavirus.  Now, as airports across the region prepare to reopen, it is vital for the safety of both staff and passengers, that all involved in the aviation industry are trained and well versed in how to deal with COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.

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COVID-19

A poor family gets registered with the On Demand IDPoor App

Cambodia
In Cambodia, corona’s economic effects take their toll

So far, the Coronavirus sweeping the planet has not claimed a single life in the small South-East Asian nation - yet it has devastated the livelihoods of many. This has spurred the Cambodian government to take a number of measures - including seeking out German Development Cooperation’s expertise to implement rapid responses and address the burgeoning needs.

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