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Members of the Zambian Youth Platform

BACKUP Health
Can community-based monitoring improve healthcare?

A lack of effective community engagement often results in a mismatch between what an intervention is trying to achieve and local needs. Community monitoring initiatives in Zambia and Francophone West Africa are helping to improve the delivery of local health services and strengthen accountability between communities and health sector decision-makers.

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InFocus

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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InFocus

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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Project stories

Staff of supreme national auditing institutions at Ghana roundtable meeting

BACKUP Health
Enabling national audit institutions to audit GF grants

Most countries in Sub-Saharan Africa contract private accounting firms to audit GFATM grants rather than putting their own Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) in charge. This is a missed opportunity for enhancing country ownership and it costs scarce grant resources. BACKUP Health and Aidspan entered into a grant agreement to change this situation.

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COVID-19

Social protection in times of COVID-19

Three initiatives
Mobilising social protection expertise in an emergency

As economies worldwide grind to a halt due to lockdown measures, the star of social protection is rising: Governments which saw social protection schemes as ‘nice-to-haves’ now recognise that they are essential for their populations’ and their own political survival. What can be done, right here, right now? A rapid response team provides orientation.

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COVID-19

A market in Lilongwe in times of COVID-19

Malawi
With Malawi against COVID-19: The challenges

Could a ‘one size fits all’ lockdown response end up harming more people than the virus itself in least developed countries, such as Malawi? Are the ‘right’ measures being put in place and are they working?  These are the questions pondered by German Development Cooperation and other partners working with the Government of Malawi in the COVID-19 crisis.

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