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The German commitment to health


Consultation about contraceptives in a health centre in Bujumbura, Burundi.

If we do not succeed in improving the health care situ­a­tion of people living in the poorest coun­tries, the Millennium De­vel­op­ment Goals (MDGs) will not be achieved. Improving the health of people is thus one of the most im­por­tant tasks of in­ter­national and German de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion.

Taking on re­spon­si­bil­i­ty

In 2007, at the Heiligendamm Summit, the Group of Eight (G8) pledged to make 60 billion US dollars available over a number of years to fight HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis and to help strengthen health systems, an attendant necessity. In September 2007 the German Chancellor announced that Germany would be providing 500 million euros a year to that effort until 2015. In 2009 Germany was the third-largest bilateral donor of the G8 coun­tries. Germany is thus making a significant contribution to achieving the G8’s commitments. Interim reports indicate that the G8 objectives can be realised.

At the G8 summit in 2010 Germany pledged an additional 400 million euros by 2015 towards improving maternal and child health.

Over the past 10 years annual German support for the health sector has more than tripled, and topped 750 million euros in 2009.

Germany is currently addressing the priority area of "Health, Family Planning, HIV/AIDS" in its bilateral co­op­er­a­tion with 18 partner coun­tries and regions. It is involved in the health sector in the context of its in­ter­national co­op­er­a­tion with some 45 coun­tries. The German gov­ern­ment aims to promote high-quality health care services that are accessible to all and equitably funded.

Commitment at in­ter­national level

Germany strongly advocates pressing ahead with the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, as well as with strengthening health systems around the globe.

During its G8 Presidency in 2007 Germany, together with France, initiated the Providing for Health Initiative (P4H). It supports partner coun­tries in elaborating sus­tain­able and equitable methods of financing health systems.

Germany was one of the founding members of the Inter­national Health Partner­ship Initiative (IHP+). It aims to give new impetus to achieving the health-related Millennium De­vel­op­ment Goals (MDGs) and to further improving aid effectiveness. The IHP+ now comprises 13 donor coun­tries, 31 partner coun­tries and numerous inter­national organisations.

Germany played a key role in getting a global strategy adopted, that provides im­por­tant incentives in order to improve research in the field of neglected diseases.

In the context of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement), Germany supports devel­op­ing coun­tries in producing medicines locally.

The German gov­ern­ment also influences the de­vel­op­ment and health work of the World Bank, regional de­vel­op­ment banks, UN organisations and the European Union.

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Strengthening health systems

Controlling infectious diseases

Improving maternal health

Promoting child health

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