Support to the German Global Health Policy
Title: Support to the MOH in German Global Health Policy
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry of Health (BMG)
Overall term: 2017 to 2021
In recent years, the topic of global health has become increasingly relevant both, nationally and internationally. An important reason for this is globalisation and the increasingly connected world. Viruses and bacteria can spread rapidly worldwide, as a result of travel. However, not just infectious diseases are spreading around the world: globalisation is also contributing to the adaptation of lifestyles and thus to converging consumer habits worldwide. This in turn promotes the spread of non-communicable chronic diseases such as diabetes or cancer. Therefore, global and cross-border cooperation in the field of global health is becoming increasingly important.
For several years, Germany has been very actively involved in overcoming these mutual challenges. Through the German government's strong political commitment, the G7 and G20 presidencies and Germany's role in managing the Ebola epidemic, Germany has become one of the most important and visible players in global health policy over the past ten years. In order to be able to react to new health policy challenges and geopolitical changes, Germany's commitment to global health policy needs to be further increased and strengthened in the future.
Germany is making a visible contribution to global health and is driving the issue forward at national and international levels. The cross-sectoral and multi-stakeholder exchange, as well as cooperation on a national and international level in this field has also been improved. This is an important step towards achieving the objectives of Agenda 2030.
To continue positioning Germany as a pioneer in the field of global health, the GIZ project supports the Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) in four areas:
- the establishment of an International Advisory Board (IAB) on global health policy;
- the development of a new strategy on global health for the German government;
- strengthening Germany's position in international global health processes and bodies;
- the establishment of a Global Health Hub Germany (GHHG).
In August 2017, the BMG launched the IAB, an international advisory board to ensure high-quality international support and advice in the area of global health. In a spirit of trust and cooperation, this board advised the German government on questions of global health policy and provided impetus for Germany's future role. GIZ provided the secretariat for the IAB and took over the organisational and content-related preparation, implementation and follow-up of the meetings. At its last meeting in June 2019, the IAB submitted its recommendation for opportunities for shaping global health to the German Federal Government.
In addition to the dialogue about the recommendations with the federal ministries, the IAB discussed the recommendations with the Subcommittee on Global Health of the German Bundestag. Afterwards, the results were presented to the public at a specialist event.
The GIZ was also commissioned to advise the BMG on the development of a strategy on global health. A comprehensive consultation process involving all relevant actors, including non-state actors, was carried out to guide and inform the strategy. For Germany's ongoing role in national and international boards and processes on global health, GIZ provides the BMG with technical and strategic advisory services as well as analyses and concepts.
The Global Health Hub Germany (GHHG) was established as a networking and information platform in Germany for national and international actors in the field of global health in order to close the existing gap of an interdisciplinary forum for dealing with specific topics in global health and developing multi-stakeholder initiatives and intersectoral partnerships. As a platform, the Hub aims in particular to bring together different stakeholders in the fields of science, economy, civil society, politics, and in the sectors of health, environment, climate, food, agriculture, education, and research. The Hub promotes cross-sectoral and multi-stakeholder exchanges and contributes to an improved coordination between these actors. In addition, it supports the initiation of new and innovative cross-sectoral and multi-stakeholder partnerships and enables the creation of new alliances and projects. GIZ provides the secretariat for the GHHG and is responsible for the technical and conceptual planning as well as the implementation of its activities. In this context, several events with high-ranking guests, such as the Global Health Talk in June 2019, have already been conducted.