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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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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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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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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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African children's hands over water jugs

World Aids Day
World AIDS Day 2020

In the midst of the global pandemic, World AIDS Day calls upon us to stand in solidarity with those affected by another life-threatening virus which last year infected a child every 100 seconds. Today, as experts warn of a drastic setback in global HIV programming, an increase in infections and in HIV-related stigma, Germany announces a new assistance package in solidarity with 38 million people worldwide living with HIV.

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Securing maternal and child health in times of COVID-19

World Health Summit 2020
Securing maternal and child health in times of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic threatens to reverse decades of progress in maternal, child and adolescent health. To stem this dangerous tide, at a side event of the World Health Summit high-level delegates, including BMZ, reaffirmed their full commitment to the Global Financing Facility, a global multi-stakeholder partnership determined to ensure access to health services for just these groups.

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Commitments written on hands, World Aids Day 2017

BACKUP Health
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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WHS Panel

World Health Summit 2020
COVID can only be beaten together, or not at all

COVID-19 has exposed the gaps in pandemic preparedness from the local to global level, and delivered a potent reminder of the high cost of complacence. At a panel discussion organised by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), experts weighed in on lessons from the current response and identified steps that can be taken to break ‘the cycle of neglect and panic.’

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The 18th International Dialogue brought together around 100 experts

International Dialogue
United for women’s health in the face of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating impact on the sexual and reproductive rights of millions of people, including on their access to sexual and reproductive health services. Ways to safeguard both access and rights during and after the current pandemic were at the heart of the International Dialogue on Population and Sustainable Development in 2020.

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