Congress on Global Health - Germany is in great demand

On 8 May, the CDU/CSU parliamentary group had invited the Global Health Community to the German Bundestag.

(left) Prof. Dr. Clarissa Prazeres da Costa from the Center for Global Health of the TU Munich, Christian Griebenow, (VSF-Germany) (right)

The CDU/CSU parliamentary group meeting room discussed "Strengthening global health - implementing UN sustainability goals". Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the conference and stressed that "Health is a shared responsibility, both at national and global level. There are countless interactions with other sustainability goals".

Dr. Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, recalled the global health risks that need to be tackled. Prof. Dr. Clarissa Prazeres da Costa from the Center for Global Health at the Technical University of Munich also emphasized the importance of cross-sector cooperation, in particular the one-health approach.

Our Managing Director Christian Griebenow asked about the importance of the one-health approach in the fight against communicable diseases. According to Prof. Prazeres da Costa, university scientists are working according to the one-health approach. However, it is still important to broaden this issue and extend it to other areas.

Dr. Gerd Müller also reported on the efforts of his ministry on One Health and asked Parliamentary State Secretary Dr. Maria Flachsbarth to explain further goals of the ministry. Ms Flachsbarth then explained the great importance of One Health in the fight against antimicrobial resistance and infectious diseases, which include most neglected tropical diseases. Zoonotic tuberculosis and brucellosis are also included. These diseases, which can infect humans and animals alike, are moving closer to Europe, partly because of the consequences of climate change. That is why it is very important to fight the diseases at their source and invest money in research for African countries. Europe will then be able to benefit from the knowledge gained from research. Development cooperation makes an important contribution to this.