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German Platform for Global Health presents position paper “Global Health Policy – for all people in all places. Foundations for an intersectoral strategy for global health”

By Johanna Offe (GIZ)

On September 26th, the German Platform for Global Health organized an event on the changing social and political determinants of health. The event brought together actors working mainly within Germany with those working internationally and provided an opportunity for dialogue with parliamentarians. Thomas Gebauer from medico international emphasized that the determinants of health cannot be dealt with at a national level alone. Fighting for universal health coverage and against working and living conditions detrimental for health needs to take a global perspective.
The German Platform for Global Health pursues the goal to raise awareness on the interconnectedness between the global and local determinants of health. It is an association of civil society actors - members of welfare organizations, labor unions and NGOs, as well as academia - active in global and national health policy. The German government has recently released an inter-ministerial concept paper on global health policy. The German Platform for Global Health acknowledges that the government has realized the need for a coherent global health policy across sectors, but criticizes that the social and political determinants of health receive little attention in the concept paper. Instead, the proposed measures are mainly technical and medical.

One of the presentations, by Prof. Dr. Rolf Rosenbrock, can be viewed and downloaded here: http://www.medico.de/media/praesentation-gesundheit-und-soziale-lage.ppt

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