Queen Maxima and Minister Kaag of the Netherlands speak on global health

Her excellency Queen Máxima of the Netherlands spoke at the Financial Times Conference on May 9, 2019, on the 'future of health'. As the United Nations Secretary General (UNSG) Special Advocate for Inclusive Financing for Development.  she mentioned that mobile and digital solutions are key to inclusive healthcare financing. 

Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Sigrid Kaag also spoke at the event, commenting on the importance of mobile technologies for better health outcomes. She noted that the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs was one of the first to recognize the importance of financial innovations and mobile technology for the development of high-quality healthcare in developing countries. Minister Kaag also pointed to collaboration with PharmAccess and CarePay (Health Insurance Fund), which is supporting the creation of an online platform that connects patients, insurers, and healthcare institutions for the financing and delivery of high-quality care.

Speech - UNSGA

Tweet - KNCV

Tweet - Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands

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Norway hosts conference on sexual and gender-based violence in humanitarian crises

Norway will co-host an international conference entitled 'Ending Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Humanitarian Crises' from May 23-24, 2019, in collaboration with Iraq, Somalia, the UAE, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the International Committee of the Red Cross. Norway's prime minister, Erna Solberg, will open the conference, which aims to mobilize political will and financial resources in the work against sexual and gender-based violence. It also seeks to increase the understanding of how states, local communities, and humanitarian actors can prevent and respond to these challenges. 

Website - Government of Norway

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High-level congress on global health highlights Germany’s leadership in the sector

A global health congress in Berlin hosted by the governing Christian Democratic Union and Christian Social Union (CDU/CSU) parties on May 8, 2019 focused on the topic of strengthening global health and implementing the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). High-ranking German officials, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and ministers of health, research and education, and economic cooperation and development, attended. The panelists and audience included members of the German parliament, representatives of civil society, research, and academia.

In her speech, Chancellor Merkel underlined the shared national and global responsibility in achieving global health for all, pointing to the World Health Organization's 'Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being' that she and her Norwegian and Ghanaian counterparts have supported. The WHO will present the Action Plan during the United Nations General Assembly in September 2019.

Another key speaker, Director-General of the WHO Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, highlighted the German government's commitment to global health and WHO in particular. He advocated for further engagement, particularly with regards to the ongoing Ebola crisis and investment in emergency preparedness.

German development minister Gerd Müller recalled the major health threats that need to be tackled: recurring epidemics, the spread of malaria, diabetes, tuberculosis, and antibiotic resistance. He called for the establishment of basic health structures in developing countries, the empowerment of women, and digitalization of health knowledge for wider dissemination. Meanwhile, German Research Minister Anja Karliczek pushed for more investments in global health research and new partnerships on drug development, in order to leverage synergies between governmental and non-governmental donors. 

Press release - CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group (in German)

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Minister Kaag and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands keynote speakers at Financial Times conference on health care

The Financial Times is organizing an event on May 9, 2019, at the Royal Tropical Institute of Amsterdam on the 'Future of Health Coverage: Revolutionising health financing using mobile technology'. The event will discuss transformative, cutting edge thinking on how best to adopt mobile technology for the delivery of health systems. Among those in the panels are experts and change-makers, including pharmaceutical company chief executive officers (CEOs), government ministers, health insurers and providers, fin-tech startups, financing experts, international donors, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to discuss the role of technology in the path to universal health care (UHC). 

The event will open with a speech by Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, who is the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development. Key note speakers include Honorable Yaw Osafo-Maafo, senior minister of Ghana as well as Sigrid Kaag, Dutch minister for foreign trade and development cooperation. 

Event site - Financial Times

Dutch CSOs call for an increase of the Dutch commitment to the Global Fund

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, Aidsfonds and 9 other civil society organizations* addressed the Dutch Minister for Trade and Development Cooperation, Sigrid Kaag, in a joint letter urging her to increase the Dutch contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund) by 20% for the period 2020-2022. 

In this letter, the 11 co-signing organisations note that the the Global Fund is a unique public-private partnership known for its pragmatic and impact-driven approach in eliminating the three diseases. The Global Fund aims for a minimum of US$14 billion for its work to end the tuberculosis, AIDS, and malaria epidemics. 

In March, 2019, Peter Sands, Director of the Global Fund, visited the Netherlands to advocate for an ambitious contribution by the Dutch government ahead of the 2019 Replenishment Conference, which will be hosted by President Macron and will take place in Lyon, France, on October 10, later this year. 

The letter is occasioned by the reaction to the Global Fund Investment case prepared by several Dutch NGOs. 

*KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, Aidsfonds, AFEW International, Cordaid, International Civil Society Support (ICSS), Mainline, PSI, The ONE Campaign, Hivos, Wemos and Rutgers

News article - KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation

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Japanese government announces winners of Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize for global health research

The government of Japan announced the winners of the third 'Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize', honoring researchers in global health in Africa.

This year, Dr. Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfum from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Dr. Francis Gervase Omaswa from the Republic of Uganda received the prize for the medical research category and medical services category respectively.

Press release – Cabinet Office

Website - Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize, Cabinet of Japan

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UK government calls on British business to do more in global fight against malaria

On the occasion of World Malaria Day on April 25, the UK government called on British businesses to do more in the fight against malaria. The UK's International Development Minister, Penny Mordaunt pushed for UK business to donate to the UK’s 'Our Malaria Match Fund', which is a joint fund with the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund). The UK will match £1 (US$1.28) for every £1 donated.

The Fund is open to UK businesses and has already seen 10 private donors pledge £109  million  (US$140 million) of investment in the first round.

News article - City A.M

CSOs release C20 policy pack ahead of G20 Osaka Summit

The Civil 20 (C20) Summit, a side event to the Group of 20 (G20) Osaka Summit convened by civil society organizations (CSOs), has released its 2019 policy pack. Papers include anti-corruption; education; environment, climate, and energy; gender; global health; infrastructure; international financial architecture; labor, business and human rights; 'Local2Global'; and trade and investment. 

C20 representatives handed over the policy pack to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on April 18, 2019. The G20 Osaka Summit will be held on June 28-29, 2019.

Policy Proposal - C20 Policy Pack 2019

Official website – C20 Summit 2019

Press release – MOFA (in Japanese)

Dutch Parliament meets with CSO Directors working on HIV/AIDS and SRHR

On April 18th, the General Committee on Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Dutch Parliament met with the directors of key Dutch CSOs working on HIV/AIDS and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. The discussion concerned the mid-term results of the SRHR partnerships funded by the Dutch government, which had been previously requested by Rutgers University.

In attendance were the following MPs and members: R. de Roon, K.A.E. van den Hul, W.R. van Haga, A. Luik, L.I. Dis and A. Bouali. 

News item - Dutch Parliament (in Dutch)

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South Korea solidifies medical and health care partnerships in Central Asia

South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s traveled to Central Asia to strengthen his government's partnership with Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan in the area of 1) medical and healthcare policies and strategies, and 2) ICT-based medical and healthcare technologies. South Korea's Ministry of Health and Welfare signed an implementation plan in these areas with their counterparts in Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan, co-establishing eHealth comprehensive plans with these two countries. With Uzbekistan, South Korea will also establish and manage a medical and healthcare cooperation center. 

Press release – Ministry of Health and Welfare (in Korean)

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