GHA & GLOBAL HEALTH

Interim Steering Committee of the Global Health Hub Germany
GHA represented by Roland Göhde, Chairman of GHA. The Global Health Hub Germany has been inaugurated by Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn on February 19, 2019.

GHA Speaker Dr. Alois Dörlemann during handing over of position papers from five sectors to Mr. Ingo Behnel, Director General, Federal Ministry of Health. GHA had been invited by the German government to coordinate the position paper for the private sector.

Health is a fundamental human right

Almost 75 years ago, the constitution of the World Health Organization (WHO) from the year 1946 envisages “…the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental right of every human being.” Within the past few years only – especially as consequence of the worldwide effective wake-up call caused by the Ebola outbreak started in West Africa in December 2013 with the following Ebola crisis reaching its peak in autumn 2014, then also reaching the United States, Spain and the UK, before the epidemic was declared ended beginning of 2016 – Global Health has been embodied in the international agenda and further moved up on it especially by the G7 and the G20.

2030 Sustainable Development Goals

The 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by all United Nations Member States in September 2015, underline not only the significance and importance of “Good Health and Well-Being” forming SDG3 but, more than this, impressively underline that all other 16 SDGs are closely interconnected and interdependent with health. The logic conclusion of the SDGs can only be a systematic implementation of “Health in All Policies” – a goal which still waits to see being widely reached.

Universal Health Coverage & Health System Strengthening

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and Health System Strengthening (HSS) have become key targets for the international community. Just recently, UHC has been dealt with as focus field of the United Nations General Assembly in September 2019. For reaching SDG3 and realizing UHC, HSS remains absolutely crucial. More than this, the engagement for making health systems more resilient also needs to be significantly expanded and intensified as the status of health infrastructure in one country can profoundly affect health security worldwide – a fact everything else than new but which Ebola obviously had again to call to mind.

The Role of GHA in Global Health

The GHA – German Health Alliance with its more than 100 member organisations is driven by a strong commitment to proactively contribute to Global Health, especially to Health System Strengthening. In this context, the multi-sectoral GHA constellation enables and facilitates to providing solutions which can truly make the difference in reaching above mentioned targets. GHA shares the responsibility which needs to be taken by all actors, stakeholders and sectors for complying with the stipulations which can be derived from the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

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