Hospital partnerships are an ideal instrument for sharing know-how. Expertise on symptoms, therapeutic options, technologies can flow in both directions. <br>Photo: BMZ/Michael Nagel
Hospital partnerships are an ideal instrument for sharing know-how. Expertise on symptoms, therapeutic options, technologies can flow in both directions.
Photo: BMZ/Michael Nagel

17.03.2017

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Partners in strengthening health is an initiative to promote hospital partnerships started in 2016 by the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr Gerd Müller, in cooperation with the Else Kröner-Fresenius Foundation. The first funding commitments are going to hospitals in Bavaria.

The initiative “Hospital partnerships with emerging and developing countries” is taking off. Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr Gerd Müller, and Dr Carolin Kröner of the Else Kröner-Fresenius Foundation presented the first funding commitments to hospitals from Bavaria in February 2017.

In announcing the financing in February, Dr Müller noted that Germany wanted to reach a total of 100 partnerships in 2017. “The partnerships are a win-win situation for both parties, for the facilities in the developing countries and also for the German healthcare workers involved,” he emphasised. “With the help of German hospitals, we’re putting development cooperation on a broader base.”

Every year, millions of children die because they had no access to simple health services. This is why the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Else Kröner-Fresenius Foundation have launched the initiative “hospital partnerships – partners in strengthening health”, to promote partnerships on an equal basis between hospitals and health facilities in Germany and in emerging and developing countries.

According to BMZ, the initiative’s first round of funding applications for partnership projects were received from 36 countries in Africa, Asia, South America and Eastern Europe.

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