Hospital partnerships

German Development Ministry and Else Kröner Fresenius Foundation strengthen health care in developing countries

Lab workers in a medical laboratory

Press release of 20.02.2017 |

MUNICH – The initiative for partnerships between German hospitals and partner hospitals in emerging and developing economies is taking off. Today in Munich, German Development Minister Gerd Müller and Dr Carolin Kröner, representative of the Else Kröner Fresenius Foundation, handed over the first funding approvals to facilities in Bavaria.

Minister Müller said, "We are launching nearly 50 hospital partnerships. In the course of this year, we want to reach a total of 100 partnership arrangements. These partnerships are a win-win model for both sides – for facilities in developing countries, but also for German health personnel. In this way, we are broadening the basis for our development cooperation with the help of German hospitals."

Every year, millions of children die because they have no access to basic health care. That is why the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Else Kröner Fresenius Foundation are supporting an initiative entitled "Hospital Partnerships – Partners Strengthen Health", which seeks to establish peer partnerships between hospitals and health facilities in Germany and partner institutions in developing and emerging economies.

Carolin Kröner said, "Every application for funding stands for a story of dedication and partnership, communication across borders, and a commitment to jointly work for better health care."

In the first round of funding approvals, applications were received for partnership projects with facilities in 36 different countries in Africa, Asia, South America, and Eastern Europe.

At the meeting in Munich, funding approvals were handed over to six facilities based in Munich, Würzburg, Kaufbeuren and Neuendettelsau.

Two more rounds of funding approvals are planned for this year, one in spring and one in autumn.

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The following facilities based in Bavaria received a partnership funding approval at the meeting in Munich:

Dr von Hauner Children's Hospital, Munich, is partnering with the hospital of Jimma University, Ethiopia. Neonatology training will be provided to doctors, which is intended to help reduce child mortality in the long term.

Rechts der Isar Hospital, which is run by Munich Technical University, is working together with Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana. The two hospitals want to improve the use of the trauma surgery and orthopaedics centre in Ghana.

The German Leprosy and Tuberculosis Relief Association, which is based in Würzburg, is working with the Leprosy Rehabilitation Center in Ganta, the second-largest city of Liberia. The two partners plan to expand the laboratory and provide training to staff in order to enable the Center to successfully provide therapy for severely ill patients.

Medical Mission Institute Würzburg is planning a partnership with St. Martin De Porres Hospital in Eikwe, a fishermen's town in Ghana. Training on maternal and child health is to be provided to Ghanaian specialised staff.

The Humedica association from Kaufbeuren is partnering with Hôpital Espoir in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. There will be training on hygiene standards for hospital staff in order to improve the quality of patient care.

Diakonie Neuendettelsau, a Lutheran social welfare institution, has established a project in partnership with Nkoaranga Lutheran Hospital, a rural hospital in Tanzania. The project, which is called "Feuerkinder" (fire children), is concerned with providing treatment to children suffering from congenital club foot, with German medical staff assisting the team in Tanzania.

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