Is pandemic preparedness work paying off for East African countries? The successful containment of a recent Marburg outbreak in Tanzania suggests the answer is yes.
Pregnant women in Kyrgyzstan are entitled to a basic package of antenatal care services through the country’s national social health insurance. Yet accessing these services can be like navigating an obstacle course. A German-supported project is raising women’s awareness of their rights and making it easier for pregnant women who are uninsured to get covered.
Expanding vaccine production in Africa, now a key objective for the continent, will require a highly skilled workforce with the necessary expertise. This is why BACKUP Health is supporting vaccine production-related further education and training through the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. The recent African Advanced Vaccinology course is one example.
Every year as many as 800 Cambodians die of rabies following dog bites. Breaking the cycle of disease is possible, but only when human and animal health workers join forces. A German-supported project is working with Cambodian partners to jointly implement rabies activities in the public sector for the first time.
In an increasingly complex and budget-strapped world, there is growing recognition that development cooperation can be more efficient and effective if development partners deliver their support in an aligned and harmonised fashion. The collaboration between GIZ and FCDO through BACKUP Health shows how this can be done.