Germany’s expanding role in global health

by Ilona Kickbusch, Christian Franz, Anna Holzscheiter et al.
The Lancet – Published Online July 3, 2017

15 pp. 969 kB

Germany has become a visible actor in global health in the past 10 years. In this Series paper, the authors describe how this development complements a broad change in perspective in German foreign policy. Catalysts for this shift have been strong governmental leadership, opportunities through G7 and G20 presidencies, and Germany’s involvement in managing the Ebola virus disease outbreak. German global health engagement has four main characteristics that are congruent with the health agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals; it is rooted in human rights, multilateralism, the Bismarck model of social protection, and a link between development and investment on the basis of its own development trajectory after World War 2.

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