October 30, 2023
WHS 2023: Reimagining Universal Health Coverage to Leave No One Behind
What will it take to bridge the health gap for people with disabilities and provide access to assistive technology for all those who need it?
September 26, 2023
Strengthening health workers’ capacities in contexts of fragility and conflict: lessons learned from German technical cooperation
The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) joined forces to host a high-level meeting on pandemics. Despite the challenges ahead, a sense of hope and determination prevailed that progress can be made.
May 21, 2023
How cooperation with FCDO has strengthened BACKUP Health: Learnings from the first three years of a unique collaboration.
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.
May 11, 2023
Young Africans are stepping up in support of their continent’s New Public Health Order
The Africa Centers of Disease Control and Prevention want to involve young Africans in public health governance. How did this come about and how will it work?
May 8, 2023
The Bingwa Initiative – how young people have boosted Africa’s COVID-19 vaccination campaigns
Across the African continent young volunteers have volunteered to accelerate the uptake of COVID-19 vaccinations. This Africa CDC initiative is a deliberate effort to ensure that Africa’s greatest asset - young people - are fully involved in, and own, their countries’ COVID-19 responses and recovery strategies.
Health Systems Strengthening
Health systems strengthening (HSS) has been a longstanding priority for German development cooperation.
To rise to current and emerging challenges – ranging from climate change to pandemics, antimicrobial resistance and a steady increase in the prevalence of non-communicable diseases – health systems need to be guided by strong plans and evidence-based policies and backed by adequate funding, trained and motivated health workers, a well-maintained infrastructure and a reliable supply of medicines and technologies.
German development cooperation promotes a comprehensive approach to health systems strengthening that is aligned with partner countries’ national priorities. It provides its support at three levels:
- Globally, Germany contributes to coordinated global health system strengthening efforts
- Multilaterally, it promotes health systems strengthening as priority e.g. in Global Fund processes
- At partner country level, it supports governments in strengthening health systems and in moving forward on their paths towards UHC
What does this look like in practice? The articles, studies, podcasts and events assembled on this page illustrate how Germany supports health systems strengthening.