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The German Government’s global health policy

12.06.2017 - Article

The Federal Government’s global health strategy paper summarises the focuses of the Federal Government’s global health policy and defines a framework for this policy.

Pupils at an elementary school in a village in Ethiopia
Pupils at an elementary school in a village in Ethiopia© picture alliance / Tom Koene

The Federal Government’s global health strategy paper (“Global Health Policy – Taking Joint Action – Embracing Responsibility”) summarises the focuses of the Federal Government’s global health policy and defines a framework for this policy.

The Federal Government considers global health to be an integral part of foreign policy. Health is not only one of the most precious things any individual can have, it is also a prerequisite for social, economic and political development and stability. Health can only be ensured and improved throughout the world through joint global action.

Global health issues affect policy fields such as development, security, trade, economics, human rights, research, education, migration, environmental and climate protection and humanitarian assistance. By the same token, the growth in importance of health issues on an international level has led to an increasing number of government, bilateral or multilateral and non-government players, which in turn has led to a fragmentation of the global health architecture and the duplication of activities. This makes it increasingly necessary to coordinate activities by these organisations, global initiatives and bilateral donors in order to make cooperation on international health more efficient.

The German Government wants to ensure the sustainable protection and improvement of public health. Cross-border threats to health as well as the effects of climate change clearly illustrate that many health problems manifest themselves locally, although they are caused by more complex global conditions. This is why national governments must cooperate with each other in seeking answers to health policy questions. Only by acting globally will we be able to ensure comprehensive health protection locally.

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The Federal Government's Strategy Paper: “Global Health Policy - Taking Joint Action - Embracing Responsibility.

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