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Dry season in Burkina Faso

Sahel region
Adaptive Social Protection in the Sahel

The Sahel countries are struggling with climate change, food insecurity and armed conflict, all posing existential risks to their largely very poor populations. Adaptive Social Protection offers a trajectory for tackling such interrelated challenges and provides a potent framework for policy dialogue and coordinated action with national governments.

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Podcast

Gul Rukh Mehboob, GIZ Technical Advisor

Coping with the pandemic
Training hospitals in costing in the midst of a pandemic

Despite the huge challenges posed by it, the pandemic has also shown that human beings are adaptable and will find innovative ways of working in the ‘new normal’: Staff of a social health protection project in Pakistan used virtual solutions to implement a complex health costing exercise. Their own and their partners’ determination has led to impressive results.

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Podcast

AIMAS communication campaign on COVID-19 prevention

Tackling COVID-19
Time to keep an eye on the bigger picture of infectious diseases

Covid-19 is just one of many infectious diseases facing Africa, and as the latest outbreak of Ebola in Guinea shows, it is vital that it does not divert resources and efforts from other on-going challenges. 

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Ambulance driver, Osh Region

WASH
Infection control in Kyrgyz health facilities

Healthcare workers in Kyrgyzstan were infected in large numbers during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. With German support, Kyrgyz health facilities are placing new emphasis on water, sanitation, hygiene, waste management and cleaning to stem the spread of infections. This article, the first in a two-part series, focuses on primary health care centers in Osh.

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Good reads

Women knotting jute in Bangladesh

Economic inclusion
Hot off the press: State of Economic Inclusion report

In times of COVID-19, economic inclusion of the poor and extremely poor is high on governments’ political agenda: What kind of interventions can foster and sustain poor households’ graduation out of poverty? A group of experts assessed 219 economic inclusion programmes in 75 countries. Findings provide insights for further scale-up of approaches that work.

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Newborn baby, Bishkek

WASH
Re-thinking maternity care in Kyrgyzstan during COVID-19

When COVID-19 hit Kyrgyzstan, healthcare workers providing care to pregnant women and newborns were no longer sure how to do their jobs safely. With German support, teams in maternity hospitals have reorganised the way they work to protect themselves and their patients from COVID-19. This article, the second in a series, explains how.

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Looking for the TB bacillus

Digital health
University hospital partnerships tackle tuberculosis in Africa

The regional programme ‘University and Hospital Partnerships in Africa’ supports partnerships between German and African university hospitals to jointly develop responses to priority health issues. Where multiple partnerships work on the same issue, they are encouraged to form networks to generate broader solutions for a lasting impact.

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High-level event ‘Developing strategies for combating COVID-19 around the world’

World Health Summit 2020
A time to deliver: Towards One Health

At a WHS high-level event hosted by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Charité, Dr Maria Flachsbarth, Parliamentary State Secretary, made it clear: ‘To gird ourselves against future pandemics, we must recognise that humans, animals and environment are connected, and act accordingly.’ Prominent scientists and representatives of leading international agencies voiced their support for a multisectoral One Health agenda.

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Laboratory training on COVID-19 diagnostics, Mexico

Pandemic preparedness
Standing shoulder to shoulder against COVID-19

Last year, as SARS-CoV-2 continued its steady march across the globe, it became clear that no single country will be safe from the virus until all are. As part of Germany’s commitment to solidarity in response to the pandemic, the German Epidemic Preparedness Team (SEEG) supported partners in 13 countries with training and supplies to conduct molecular testing for SARS-CoV-2.

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