Health Crises & Health System Resilience
GHA Information & Dialogue Platform
GHA’s efforts in the field of health crises, humanitarian crises and related health system strengthening have yielded tangible success on the national and international level following the lessons learned from the Ebola Crisis. GHA’s multi-sector approach is regarded as a currently unique, proactive push of the private healthcare sector towards significant improvements in communication, cooperation and coordination in multi-sectoral groups and single stakeholder groups. This increased understanding and openness between sectors, causing them to collaborate more closely and to envision innovative partnerships. The establishment and clear definition of the role of the private sector in the area of health and humanitarian crises is one of the GHA’s focus areas, highlighting the utmost importance of public-private collaboration.
1st June 2016, #CSRHumanitär “Health in Humanitarian Assistance“
GHA supported and hosted the first #CSRhumanitär multi-sector meeting between German NGOs and the healthcare private sector to discuss means of collaboration during humanitarian crises.
17th January 2016, Business Dialogue 2nd #CSRHumanitär
Diana Peters, GHA Coordinator for Health Crises and Health System Resilience, was invited to moderate the Health Workshop at the 2nd #CSRhumanitär event in Berlin. In addition, a fruitful collaboration between the initiative and GHP has been developed. Read more about the results here…
16th December 2015, Platform “From Ebola towards Strengthening Health System Resilience”
The 2014 Ebola virus outbreak has demonstrated in a tragic way the failure of existing international mechanisms in managing health crises. Thus the newly established platform at GHA embeds its work in the international public health approach and the Sustainable Development Goal 3 on health to strengthen health system resilience, implementing the lessons learned from Ebola with the following focus areas:
- Elaboration of a systematic collaboration between the public and private sector in health emergencies such as Ebola
- Close collaboration between the German private healthcare sector with newly established national as well as international public-sector programmes focused on health system resilience
The UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on the Global Response to Health Crises focuses on the strengthening of health systems, as they lay the foundation for the early detection and effective containment of epidemics, and for meeting communities’ essential and ongoing health needs. The German government supports this new international effort with “The Roadmap: Healthy Systems – Healthy Lives” and a special programme on “Health in Africa”. The GHA platform “From Ebola towards Strengthening Health System Resilience” will keep you posted on results on the above-mentioned focus areas and further developments regarding the international programmes.
15th July 2015, Ms Diana Peters: New (wo)manpower for the GHA team
GHA has employed a new team member, Ms Diana Peters. Starting with the example of the Ebola epidemic, Ms Diana Peters will deal with patterns of epidemics, structures of humanitarian help, and needs of severely affected health systems. Ms Peters will be in charge of all related issues. The aim is to improve preparedness of health systems, understand and limit the drivers of epidemic outbreaks, and apply knowledge of how to strengthen weak health systems before and after epidemic crises. The initial steps of the work include mapping, gathering, bundling and synchronising all activities, solutions and contributions of German players within the international response.
At the peak of the Ebola epidemic in late summer 2014, the German Healthcare Partnership (GHA) and the German African Business Association have launched an action plan against Ebola at the request of the Federal Foreign Office. In this context an “Action Group against Ebola” was established – over 30 players of the German healthcare sector met and discussed with ambassadors of the affected countries how to fight this deadly disease. A single point of contact was installed, where demand and supply could be matched and donations where tracked. Six months after the heavy crisis the Action Group met again for exchanging knowledge and ideas on the current situation and on steps to be taken in order to re-establish healthcare provision in the most affected countries and prevent new outbreaks of the epidemic. GHA now further fosters and extends the Ebola work with the implementation of the “Coordination Office Epidemics” within the GHA team, financed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
16th February 2015, 2nd Meeting of the Action Group against Ebola
On February 16th 2015, the Action Group against Ebola met for the second time in Berlin. As the African Ambassadors of the three most affected countries reported, cases have reduced drastically and countries are starting to go back to normal, the general tenor was positive. However, as cases are still fluctuating a lot and the population has not only been hit in terms of health, but also psychologically and socially as well as economically, the systems are still very fragile. There is no need to re-establish the treatment centres and expand the infrastructure further at this moment. Instead, the focus should be on the empowerment and capacity building of healthcare workers.
10th December 2014, Workshop “Together against Ebola” of the African Ambassadors, Egyptian Embassy Berlin
On December 10th 2014, the Workshop “Together against Ebola”, hosted by the African Ambassadors, was held at the Egyptian Embassy in Berlin. After the welcome note by the host, H.E. Ambassador Mohamed Abdelhamid Ibrahim Higazy, the opening by the Dean of the African Ambassador H.E. Jean-Claude Bouyobart and a keynote of the Ebola Special Representative of the Federal Government, H.E. Ambassador Walter Lindner, who reported on the current situation on the ground, discussions on ongoing activities, challenges and necessary next steps in the fight against the Ebola epidemic took place.
In the panel “Perceptions, Social Implications and Corporate Responsibility”, Roland Göhde, GHA Chairman of the Board introduced the GHA and its approach to cover the entire value chain of the German healthcare industry as well as the action group against Ebola and the systemic approach of the GHA to sustainably strengthen healthcare systems.
At the closing of the event, a representative of the African Ambassadors read out the common final declaration of the African ambassadors, the German-African Business Association and the GHA, determining that future efforts and activities and appropriate follow-up events shall be carried out in cooperation.
20th October 2014, Special Session on Ebola at the World Health Summit
At the invitation of the World Health Summit and the Federal Foreign Office, Roland Göhde, GHA Chairman of the Board, participated at the Special Plenary Session on Ebola. The Federal Foreign Office declared that Ambassador Walter J. Lindner has been announced special envoy for the coordination against Ebola and presented an action plan consisting of three steps: 1) stop the transmission, 2) rebuild medical services and 3) prevent a new outbreak. All participants declared their possible ways to contribute, i.e. medical device, laboratory equipment, expertise or financial support. At the same time, regulatory issues being barriers to short-term aid were discussed.
30th September 2014, 1st Meeting of the Action Group against Ebola
The Ambassadors of Sierra-Leone, Liberia and Guinea made an urgent appeal to support the fight against Ebola with the biggest challenges being infrastructure and equipment, logistics and capacity of healthcare workers.
Activities and Accomplishments of Note
- We regularly host networking sessions between our member firms, the German Government, and NGOs.
Participation in Conferences
- We have presented at or participated in over 11 conferences in the last two years, including speaking at the G20 Expert Conference “Taking Action against Health Crises” (7/8 December 2016) and participation as one of only two private actors at the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016
- We work to influence the international political agenda, such as successfully advocating that the G20 Topic “Health Crises” would also be an important theme at the B20 Health Conference (18 May 2017).
Public Private Partnership Support
- We support the creation of new public-private partnerships. For example, we led the development of a strategic alliance between GHA member firms working in medical technology and the BMZ in the context of the develoPPP program.
Activities and Accomplishments of Note – Details
- Initiation and implementation of discussions between our member firms and the BMZ
- Hosted first networking session „Healthcare in Humanitarian Support“ in BDI for the #CSRHumanitär initiative (1 June 2016)
- Hosted GHA/action medeor Information Day on cooperation with German healthcare sector (4 July 2016)
Participation in Conferences
- Participant and speaker at the G20 Expert Conference “Taking Action against Health Crises” (7/8 December 2016)
- Moderated a Health workshop for #CSRHumanitär on (17 December 2016)
- Involvement in Lab of Tomorrow “Chronic Disease Prevention in Kenya” with the GIZ
- Participation in KfW Conference – Development Finance Forum – Epidemics (2/3 November 2016)
- Speaker at the VENRO-Healthcare Conference (28 September 2016)
- Participation in the World Humanitarian Summit, Istanbul, May 2016 (one of only 2 private sector participants)
- Participation in the UN Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week (7-9 February 2017)
- Co-Chair and Co-Host of workshops at the World Health Summit in 2015 and 2016
- Co-initiator of the German African Healthcare Symposium, including an Ebola Lessons Learned panel
- Panel speaker at the CSR Forum “Cooperation between NGOs and Companies during Humanitarian Crises”
- Participation in the GIZ Info Day in September 2016
- Successfully advocated that the G20 Topic “Health Crises” would also be an important theme at the B20 Health Conference (18 May 2017)
- Participated in the consultation process for the “Healthy Systems, Health Lives” roadmap
- In the context of #CSRHumanitär, humanitarian and private sector actors identified Health as a primary theme
- Participated in an exchange with World Economic Forum on the roll of the private sector in health crises
Public Private Partnership Support
- Hosted the health workshop during the MAP launch on 24 November 2016 and moderated between NGOs and private actors to identify a topic for a MAP project with the GIZ and the Collective Leadership Institute
- Led the development of a strategic alliance between GHA member organizations working in medical technology and the BMZ in the context of the develoPPP program
- Initiated integration of GHA member organizations with the SEEG (Schnelleinsetzbaren Expertengruppe)
- Initial cooperation with WFP Pandemic Supply Chain Initiative, including initial meeting with Dräger, 23 Januar 2017
- GHA was named as the private sector partner for the special program “Health in Africa,” the ECOWAS Project GIZ (Kick-off early 2017)
- GHA identified as a broker between German NGOs and businesses in the context of the #CSRHumanitär initiative
- A delegation trip with our member companies within the scope of the ECOWAS Project GIZ (Planned)
Publications and Analysis
- Conducted a survey of the private sector to identify hurdles associated with the Ebola crisis response
- Creation of a player handbook guide to important international and national actors in the healthcare sector
Outreach to NGOs and Faith-Based Organisations
- Integration of FBOs in connection to health topics at the 3rd German-African Healthcare Symposium, 12 October 2016
- As a result of GHA/action medeor Information Day, supported the development of concrete new cooperation partnership agreements between action medeor and GHA member organizations
- DAHW, first NGO member of GHA