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GIZ Symposium 2018: Globalisation – Revisited

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GIZ Symposium 2018: Globalisation – Revisited

From 11-13 September the GIZ Symposium took a fresh look at both the challenges being posed by globalisation and the opportunities which it presents. To what extent is development cooperation in the ‘social sectors’ identifying local answers to global concerns including migration, climate change and deepening inequality? Read our daily updates.

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Digitalising Nepal’s health sector

Nepal
Digitalising Nepal’s health sector - A country’s journey towards an interoperable digital health ecosystem

Nepal has made remarkable progress on its journey towards the creation of an interoperable digital health ecosystem, and the Nepali-German Health Programme acts as an effective catalyst: bringing together the many digital health initiatives, building consensus among Nepal’s digital health stakeholders and working towards the delivery of a more harmonised and aligned digital approach.

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Tying the knots: A conference on digitalising social protection systems

Digital social protection
Tying the knots: A conference on digitalising social protection systems

Optimizing service delivery, analytics and transparency, digital solutions can reduce fragmentation and enable a systems approach to universal social protection. On 14 September 2018, a 1-day conference at Bonn’s University Club provided a platform for the discussion of concepts and experiences in the field of digital social protection.

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Release of the State of African Woman Report

Women's rights
Release of the State of African Women Report

On 3 September 2018, 15 years after the Maputo protocol was agreed, the State of African Women Report throws light on devastating human rights violations and infringements on their sexual and reproductive health and rights that too many African women and girls are exposed to up until today. The State of African Women Campaign has set out to change this.

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Teaching school children how to make reusable sanitary napkins out of cloth

Nepal
Fighting discriminatory practices and ‘period poverty’

Although menstruation is a natural process signaling a girl’s entry into womanhood, in many low-income countries such as Nepal, adolescent girls and women face significant challenges when it comes to managing menstruation health hygienically, with dignity, security and confidence. With German technical assistance, Nepal has begun to tackle this challenge.

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Access to medicines
Medicines made in Kenya are mostly cheaper than imports

A recently published study underlines the positive development of the Kenyan pharmaceutical industry: locally produced medicines outperform imported products in terms of their better availability and their lower prices. Nonetheless, what Kenyan patients have to pay for them still exceeds international reference prices by far.

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An embrace in the face of the Ebola epidemic

Epidemic preparedness
Fighting Ebola: Voices from the frontline

During the Ebola crisis in West Africa, some 500 East African health professionals risked their own lives by volunteering to help their West African colleagues in the battle to contain and control the epidemic. This publication relates first-hand accounts of 19 of them - inspirational stories of immense personal courage in the face of enormous challenges.

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Keiso Matashane-Marite from the UN Economic Commission for Africa during her speech

Kenya
Taking a unified stance for women’s rights in Africa

In July 2018, the Africa Regional Dialogue on Advancing Gender Equality and Rights took place in Nairobi, Kenya. Experts from civil society from all over the world joined forces to explore what remains to be done to realize women’s rights in Africa. At the forefront of the discussions were key issues such as the prevention of HIV, gender-based violence against women, harmful practices and reproductive health and rights.

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German booth in the IAC Exibition Hall

Conference
Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges

At the 22nd International AIDS Conference (IAC) – entitled ‘Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges – the German booth staged a co-creative art event and provided information on Germany’s and partner countries’ responses to the HIV epidemic. Between 23 and 27 July 2018, the IAC took place in Amsterdam, gathering over 16000 delegates from around the world.

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