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A new global health strategy for Germany

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 26 July 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l4662
  1. Ilona Kickbusch, director1,
  2. Jeremy Farrar, director2,
  3. Megan Challis, policy manager3
  1. 1Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland
  2. 2Wellcome Trust, London, UK
  3. 3Wellcome Trust, Berlin, Germany
  1. Correspondence to: I Kickbusch kickbusch{at}

The strategy must be founded on Germany’s unwavering support for multilateralism

In recent years, Germany has strengthened its commitment to global health by increasing its political voice through its G7 and G20 presidencies and through enhanced support for multilateral and bilateral partnerships. Germany has become one of the strongest supporters of the World Health Organization and other international agencies.12

The federal government has approached its commitment to global health with openness, seeking out a wide range of perspectives by establishing an international advisory board in 2017. The board includes experts from Africa, South Asia, Europe, North and South America, as well as Germany and was asked to advise the federal government on developing a new global health strategy.

Germany stands out internationally in choosing to bring outside perspectives to strategy development in this formalised way. The board met with a wide range of German stakeholders, parliamentarians, and ministries over two …

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