Strengthening health systems, saving lives
Health is the aim, prerequisite and the result of sustainable development. Promoting health is a humanitarian duty, both in industrialised and developing countries.
Improving the health situation of people is therefore one of the most important tasks of development cooperation. Germany assumes responsibility for this: The annual support for the health sector has steadily increased in recent years and currently stands at around 750 million euros per year.
Our fields of work on the topic of health
Germany is one of the largest state contributors of funds to contain HIV.
According to estimates, at least two thirds of deaths in children could be avoided through simple and affordable measures.
Fighting infectious diseases like Ebola is one of the core tasks of German development cooperation.
All women and men should be in a position to decide freely on the number of their children and the amount of time between births.
Genital mutilation (health perspective)
Worldwide, around 200 million women and girls are victims of female genital mutilation. The BMZ is engaged in stopping this practice.
The vaccination alliance Gavi is working for easier access to vaccinations and the strengthening of health care systems.
Gavi (photo documentation)
Germany supports vaccination programmes in Tanzania and has contributed to the vaccination of more than 1.6 million children there in 2012 alone. - external link, new window
Health – a human right
There are few things that all humans desire equally. Health is one of them.
Germany supports various systems of social protection in case of illness in its partner countries.
Improving health care systems is one of the focal issues of German development cooperation in the health sector.
Every year, several million people still die of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other infectious diseases, mostly in the poorest countries of the world.
The BMZ is involved in tackling malaria on many levels, mostly through its support of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM).
Many women in developing countries are still dying as a result of pregnancy or childbirth due to a lack of sufficient medical care.
Sexual and reproductive health and rights
Sexual and reproductive health means physical and mental wellbeing in all aspects of sexuality and reproduction.
Germany is contributing large sums to the fight against tuberculosis. In addition, Germany is supporting the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM).