MMI working group on effective health cooperation (MMI EHC)
The MMI working group on Effective Health Cooperation was successfully launched in the past year, with a WHA side event on “Promoting access to health in fragile contexts: What role for international cooperation?” in May, the Berlin workshop on “Health cooperation beyond aid” and the presentation of a MMI discussion paper on “Health Cooperation: Its relevance, legitimacy and effectiveness as a contribution to achieving universal access to health” as highlights.
Reviewing the achievements, MMI EHC members confirmed the ambition that MMI EHC shall continue providing spaces and instruments for in-depth reflection and dialogue among actors in international health cooperation. A particular challenge is to break down the political questions to the institutional level of the Network members in order to engage them further in the dialogue.
The environment of international health cooperation is changing. Our answers to a world where far too many people cannot meet their health needs and where people’s health is threatened by the social, economic and political conditions in which they are living might still be the right ones, but we have to adapt our questions. More than ever we need self-critical reflection on our work, finding new ways for analysing our data and experiences and creating the evidence we need for improving our engagement for the right to health.
By joining the MMI working group on Effective Health Cooperation (MMI EHC) you will shape with us the debate around the future of international health cooperation, you will find new partners for dialoguing on these issues and you will bring back corner stones for preparing your own organisation for the challenges ahead.
Martin Leschhorn, Medicus Mundi Switzerland
The previous Network strategy explicitly focused on contributing to health system strengthening as common denominator for Network activities. The MMI Network strategy 2016-20 further specifies this approach, asking how international cooperation itself can best contribute to strengthening health systems and policies, and how to avoid weakening them: "By the end of 2020, Network members will be able to build on a range of platforms and instruments for knowledge sharing and mutual learning in the field of international health cooperation."
- MMI will promote knowledge sharing and mutual learning between actors in international health cooperation. MMI will promote the systematic integration of a particular track/section on the role of international health cooperation into key global events and partnerships dealing with health systems strengthening and Universal Health Coverage. MMI will be available for being involved and providing leadership in the design and implementation of such tracks/sections.
- MMI will continue to promote members’ events. MMI will enhance and further develop the current model of labelling and promoting particular members’ events as “MMI Network meetings”. MMI will promote these events within and beyond the Network.
- MMI will foster a more structured involvement of the Network and its members in global events and thematic platforms. MMI will promote and coordinate joint contributions of Network members to already existing conferences relevant for international health cooperation.
- MMI will foster the dialogue between research institutions and actors in international health cooperation. MMI will continue to create and use opportunities for an interdisciplinary dialogue between research institutions and NGOs/actors in international health cooperation at all levels: events, publications, columns, newsletter editorials, etc. For this purpose, MMI will further strengthen its institutional relations with international research platforms.
The current work plan of the MMI working group on Effective Health Cooperation covers two different fields of work of the MMI Network Strategy 2016-20:
- “We promote knowledge sharing and mutual learning between actors in international health cooperation” (strategic field of work 1 - see above)
- “We enhance collaboration among Network members in view of joint projects and consortia.” (strategic field of work 3)
MMI will provide spaces for in-depth reflection and dialogue among actors in international health cooperation
- Deepen the dialogue on relevance, legitimacy and effectiveness of health cooperation; at the same time break down the political questions to the institutional level of the Network members
- Engage in the implementation of a track on international cooperation in ECTMIH 2017 (Antwerp, 16-20 October)
- Organize an MMI side event to the World Health Assembly, Geneva, 27 May 2017
- Promote and expand MMI EHC
MMI will contribute actively to the shaping and implementation of a new International Health Partnership for Universal Health Coverage (UHC2030) and the related civil society engagement mechanism.
- Engage in UHC2030 and its Civil Society Engagement Mechanism (CSEM)
MMI will provide Network members with tools for sharing information and presenting their work, and for better communicating and interacting among themselves, explore new instruments for improved matchmaking between Network members in regard to cooperation, and promote joint health cooperation projects and consortia.
- Continue to enable and promote networking between Network members though providing opportunities for face-to-face meetings
- Establish a “members only” (?) marketplace for sharing and collaboration among Network members
- Develop more specific tools (upon request)
The work plan 2017 of the MMI EHC working goup can be ordered at the Network secretariat.
- MMI discussion paper: Health Cooperation: Its relevance, legitimacy and effectiveness
as a contribution to achieving universal access to health (October 2016)
- EHC News and events: Monthly MMI newsletter
- EHC updates on Twitter: @mmi_updates
- MMI thematic guide: Effective Health Cooperation - with a focus on the role of NGOs in national health systems and global health
- MMI thematic guide: Health Systems Strengthening - starting points
- MMI thematic guide: Universal Health Coverage
- MMI thematic guide: Evidence based health cooperation
- Effective health cooperation
MMI Network meeting in Berlin, 28-29 September 2016
- Promoting access to health in fragile contexts: What role for international cooperation?
MMI workshop during the World Health Assembly in Geneva May 2016
- International health cooperation and Health Systems Strengthening
"Federal Café" debate hosted by MMI at the Geneva Health Forum in Geneva, April 2016
- How to bridge between health systems researchers and
practitioners in the field of international health cooperation
MMI hosted session at ECTMIH 2015 congress in Basel, September 2015
- A luta continua! Strengthening or weakening health systems?
Workshop at the Annual Assembly of MMI in Geneva, May 2015
- An ideal match! Successfully connecting NGO practice and Health Systems Research
MMI session at the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Cape Town, October 2014
- Health systems strengthening and conflict transformation in fragile states
Medicus Mundi International Network expert meeting hosted by Cordaid at the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in Amsterdam, October 2012
- Getting evidence into NGO practice and policy
MMI workshop in Amsterdam, October 2012
- In the public interest? The role of NGOs in national health systems and
global health policy
MMI workshop at the People's Health Assembly in Cape Town, July 2012
Reports and documentations of further recent conferences of the MMI Network and its members can be found here.
Current members of the MMI working group on Effective Health Cooperation (early 2017):
- action medeor (Christoph Bonsmann)
- Community Working Group on Health (Itai Rusike)
- Cordaid (Albert van Hal, Mandana Kooijmans)
- Doctors with Africa Cuamm (Andrea Atzori)
- Escuela Andaluza de Salud Pública (Daniel Lopez Acuna)
- Federation of Medicus Mundi Spain (Carlos Mediano)
- Health Poverty Action (Sean Roberts)
- ITM - IHP Network (Remco van de Pas, Tim Roosen)
- Medicus Mundi Italy (Fabian R. Schumacher)
- Medicus Mundi Switzerland (Martin Leschhorn)
- MMI Secretariat (Thomas Schwarz)
- Wemos (Barbara Fienieg)
Network members: Dedicated newcomers in the MMI working group on Effective Health Cooperation are most welcome!
Interested in our work? Consider joining the Medicus Mundi International Network!
- Working group coordinator:
Martin Leschhorn, Medicus Mundi Switzerland
- Working group facilitator and secretariat: