German development policy

Promoting children's and young people's health

Newly arrived children are vaccinated in the refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya.

Child survival rates in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries have continually improved since 1990. Yet in 2012, there were still 6.6 million under-five deaths due to di­seas­es that in the majority of cases are avoidable or treatable.

It is estimated that at least two thirds of children's deaths could be prevented through simple and cost-effective measures. However, health care services are not efficient enough to be able to offer these interventions, especially in the poorest coun­tries.

Strengthening health systems is therefore one of the most im­por­tant ways in which Germany is helping to improve maternal and child health through de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion. Health services such as antenatal care, attended births and newborn health programmes are very im­por­tant here. In addition, Germany is also engaged in efforts to prevent and treat respiratory illnesses, diarrhoea and malaria.

Within the framework of multilateral co­op­er­a­tion the BMZ supports the efforts of in­ter­national organisations (for example, UNICEF, WHO, UNAIDS, the Global Fund, the World Bank) to implement health programmes. At the G8 summit in 2010 the Muskoka Initiative for the Reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality was adopted. Germany’s involvement in this Initiative takes the form of an additional contribution of 400 million euros over a period of five years.

Further information can be found on the website under the heading
Health – a human right

Sexual and reproductive health and rights

In the de­vel­op­ing coun­tries 1.3 billion people are between 12 and 24 years of age and therefore the target group for pro­grammes to promote sexual and re­pro­duc­tive health. Germany promotes special, age-appro­priate pro­grammes for girls, boys and young adults that help to im­prove their access to in­for­ma­tion, health services and contra­ceptives.

In addition, Germany is also very involved in information cam­paigns aimed at putting an end to the practice of female genital mu­ti­la­tion. Detailed in­for­ma­tion about these issues can be found on the website under the heading Women's rights and gender: Combating female genital mutilation.

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