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3 Global Health Issues Germany Should Include On G20 Agenda

Huffington Post: The German G20 Presidency And Global Health
Marwin Meier, manager of health & advocacy at World Vision Deutschland e.V.

“…As G20 members have all committed to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda, expectations for an aligned and ambitious G20 global health agenda are high — and should be, if G20 members are serious about attaining the SDGs. [A position paper by VENRO and Médecins Sans Frontières] proposes that the German government places three concrete global health issues on the G20 agenda: First, in alignment with the SDG’s commitment to ‘leave no one behind,’ the G20 should focus on vulnerable groups …, hard-to reach groups …, and people who are discriminated against … Second, the G20 should not forget the key lessons from the Ebola crisis: a need for a multisectoral approach to health (including water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), education, or data systems), a strong focus on prevention through health systems and underpinned by universal health coverage (UHC), and a strong, fully funded WHO. … Finally, the G20 should tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in a comprehensive manner, focusing not only on the rational use of antibiotics, but also on new models and financing mechanisms for biomedical research and development…” (9/16).

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