The Initiative

An­gela Merkel and Mar­garet Chan

Healthy Systems-Healthy Lives

Healthy Systems – Healthy Lives is about facilitating coordinated action for health systems strengthening, and the essential contribution which stronger health systems can make towards the achievement of Universal Health Coverage.

Co-initiated by the German Government and the WHO, this global initiative works with existing partnerships and networks to galvanise action and to promote a comprehensive approach that is, nonetheless, aligned with national priorities. Above all, Healthy Systems – Healthy Lives highlights the joint commitment that is needed to build stronger health systems around the world.

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G20 Health Experts

Members of the G20 Health Working Group

Thinking outside the box to strengthen health systems

Invited by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Health, 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.

The G20 health experts agreed that better management of global health crises must go hand-in-hand with health systems strengthening, and that one cannot be achieved without the other. “There is a window of opportunity to invest in preparedness, strengthen health systems and secure the right to health.”, says BMZ’s Heiko Warnken. “We need to think outside the box.”

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The framework

Group of health workers

A Joint Vision

The Joint Vision paper proposes a framework for action on health systems strengthening to promote UHC. Reflecting broad consensus among governments, multilateral and bilateral development agencies and civil society, the framework combines key performance dimensions with the policy entry points of service delivery, health financing and governance.

The development of the Healthy Systems – Health Lives Joint Vision has been an active and participatory process, benefitting from wide consultation and important contributions by many of our partners, and building consensus on priorities for action.

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The network

International Health Partnership for UHC 2030

International Health Partnership for UHC 2030

IHP+ is a transforming into the International Health Partnership for UHC 2030, reflecting the universal and ambitious goals of the SDGs. Healthy Systems-Healthy Lives will work with this network to bring a wider focus on comprehensive health systems strengthening and achieve the aims and objectives set out in the Joint Vision.

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Past events & meetings

HSHL working breakfast

How we got to where we are

The journey began in late 2015 when HS-HL was launched at the UN summit on sustainable development. Since this time, key high level policy dialogues and technical consultations have taken place, building consensus among partners and refining the Joint Vision. You can read more about these meetings here.

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