Sharing knowhow and joining forces towards Health for All

Annual Report 2016 of the MMI Network

Annual Report 2016 of the MMI Network

Health cooperation and global governance:
Yin and Yang according to MMI

"The two main fields of work of the MMI Network are framed as follows:

  • “We will promote knowledge sharing and mutual learning between actors in international health cooperation.”
  • “We will provide autonomous, sustainable and stimulating spaces for the analysis and debate of global health and promote platforms for joint civil society advocacy.”

Our understanding of the interconnectedness of these two fields of work, our broad overall vision of what it needs to achieve Health for All (see next page) combined with our approach of linking practice with evidence and the local and national with the global level allow the MMI Network and its members to deal with these two fields of work not just as separate “tracks”, but as a holistic one. We express this in the current Annual Report by using the Chinese Yin and Yang symbol that describes “how seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they may give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another.” (Wikipedia)

Yin, our strategic focus on international health cooperation, is built on over 50 years of engagement of the Network and its members that are both strongly rooted in health cooperation, the provision of essential health services and the strengthening of people centred health systems. In the current times of change, institutions working in this field are aware of the need of repositioning their contributions and reassessing their institutional capacities. The MMI Network provides them with an appreciated space for reflection on legitimate, relevant and effective health cooperation and with tools for mutual learing, sharing and collaborating.

Yang, our strategic focus on global health governance, has been mainly developed by MMI over the past strategic planning period, based on our assessment that Health for All cannot be achieved neither by the health sector alone nor by individual countries. In addressing global policy and governance issues, MMI has positioned itself as a strong voice of civil society, but also as a dedicated promotor and facilitator of civil society networking and strategizing."

MMI Annual Report 2016
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MMI Network members: Short stories

In addition to the institutional report, we have again received great contributions by MMI Network members. Their "short stories" provide a good picture of realities and challenges in the field of international health cooperation and advocacy. These short stories will be available here (and in the monthly newsletter) in early June, as part of an extended version of our Annual Report. Further stories can still sent to the MMI Secretariat (deadline: 31 March - see the stories in our 2015 report as a reference)


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