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German commitment

Strengthening health systems


Empty room in a clinic in Burundi.

Building an efficient health system requires time, flexibility and a great deal of expertise, and depends to a large extent on a coun­try’s political culture, on the rule of law and on respect for human rights. In­ter­national commitment can be extremely helpful.

In its de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion, Germany always seeks to support partner coun­tries in adopting fair, responsible policies geared to social peace. Key principles of the German health care system, such as solidarity and self-administration, have an im­por­tant role to play when it comes to advising our partners in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.

The priorities of co­op­er­a­tion in this field are as follows:

  • Developing health-policy strategies aligned with the economic and overall social conditions prevailing in that coun­try
  • Elaborating human resources de­vel­op­ment plans, adapting frameworks and promoting training
  • Strengthening the management capacity of personnel in the health system
  • Involving the public in decision-making on health and social policy
  • Establishing social protection systems (e.g. social health insurance).

You can find more detailed information on what Germany is doing to improve health systems in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries at Issues: Health systems.

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