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World Health Assembly 2016
A milestone event for the Roadmap

A milestone for the Roadmap ‘Healthy Systems - Healthy Lives’: 200 participants discussed a draft political declaration and technical paper of the Roadmap during a side event of the World Health Assembly on 27 May 2016.

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2nd Geneva consultation
Discussion on priority areas

Global health leaders met in Geneva on 20 January 2016 for a second technical consultation on the ‘Healthy Systems – Healthy Lives Initiative’. Discussions centered on consolidating the priority areas for health systems strengthening in the post 2015 agenda.

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The ‘Healthy Systems – Healthy Lives’ Initiative

Tanga Hospital, Tanzania

Background information on Healthy Systems - Healthy Lives

The Millennium Development Goals have led to significant improvements on specific global health issues like HIV and malaria. Not least through the Ebola crisis in West Africa we have learned that an integrated approach and cross-cutting investments are needed to build resilient and sustainable health systems.

Drawing on these lessons and on the holistic approach of the new Sustainable Development Goals, Germany together with the World Health Organization launched the global initiative ‘Healthy Systems – Healthy Lives’.

The Initiative will bring together global health actors for a coordinated, effective and measurable effort to strengthen health systems. It aims to develop a common understanding on health systems strengthening (HSS) and coordinated commitments for actions.

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HSHL working breakfast

Tokyo meeting
Setting thematic priorities

On 17 December 2015, some 40 representatives of governments, civil society, UN and other international health agencies met for a working breakfast in Japan. Participants discussed a preliminary roadmap paper for the ‘Healthy Systems – Healthy Lives’ Initiative.

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Byumba Hospital, Rwanda

1st Geneva consultation
Seeking a common ground on health systems

After its launch at the UN summit in New York, stakeholders of the ‘Healthy Systems – Healthy Lives’ Initiative convened in Geneva. This first technical consultation helped to identify roles and next steps and to gain a common understanding of key concepts.

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Angela Merkel and Margaret Chan

UN Summit 2015
Official kick-off of ‘Healthy Systems – Healthy Lives’

During a high-level side event of the UN Summit on the 2030 Agenda, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and WHO Director-General Margaret Chan launched the initiative ‘Healthy Systems – Healthy Lives’ to enhance global cooperation on health systems strengthening.

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Lessons from the Ebola outbreak


Germany’s Chancellor Merkel, Ghana’s President Mahama and Norway’s Prime Minister Solberg draw lessons from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. They stress the importance of strong health systems and outline steps which the international community should take to prevent such a crisis from happening again.

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