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Global health policy

Ebola reminded us once again of the fact that pandemics are a crossborder phenomenon and have a global impact. Health crises and weak healthcare systems have the potential to destroy societies and destabilise countries while trading and bilateral relations can be significantly impaired and damaged. 

The lesson that the Ebola crisis taught us was that pandemics cannot be tackled by the healthcare sector alone, but require the interaction of a range of actors and ministries. What is more, additional actors have established themselves and new initiatives have emerged in recent years, thereby increasing the need for coordination.

Efforts to preserve global health must, beyond the healthcare sector, be seen as part of the global order, i.e. global health must be perceived and organised in a cross-sectoral manner. 

The Federal Government considers global health to be an integral part of foreign policy and has defined a framework for action in its global health concept.

The German Government’s global health concept

Coordinator for the Foreign Policy Dimension of Global Health Issues

The position of Coordinator for the Foreign Policy Dimension of Global Health Issues was created in the summer of 2015. Against the backdrop of the experiences of the Ebola crisis, the Coordinator is tasked with summarising and coordinating the various foreign policy aspects of global health policy – both within the Federal Foreign Office and beyond. At the same time, the Coordinator serves as a point of contact for the Federal Foreign Office for all overarching health issues. An important objective of the Coordinator’s remit is to improve the coordination of actors working in the area of international healthcare structures.

The Federal Foreign Office is a partner of the following institutions in this regard:


Last updated 20.07.2016

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