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The Lancet Discusses Germany’s Role In Global Health

The Lancet: Germany’s contribution to global health
Mathias B. Bonk, founder and global health consultant and scientific writer at Think Global Health; Ole Döring, faculty at the Institute of Philosophy at Freie Universität Berlin; and Timo Ulrichs, Akkon University for Human Sciences

“Four years after the adoption of Germany’s first global health strategy, an expansion of Germany’s role in global health is being observed and praised. … However, Germany still has a long way to go. … We argue that global health requires a multidisciplinary, transnational approach that considers and cross-links the social, environmental, political, commercial, and other determinants of health. Therefore, global health needs to become part of Germany’s foreign policy agenda, and new approaches such as the introduction of a State Secretary for Global Health in the Chancellor’s office, measurable goals, and additional funding should become part of the 2018 update of the German global health strategy. Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary education and research need to be scaled up substantially before Germany can show its full potential in this field.” This issue of The Lancet includes additional pieces on Germany’s role in global health (2/17).