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Feb 14, 2018

Health cooperation beyond aid: Our work continues! MMI Dialogue and planning workshop

Health cooperation beyond aid: Our work continues! MMI Dialogue and planning workshop

Bilbao, 14 February 2018. The Bilbao Symposium organized by Medicus Mundi Bizkaia on 12-13 February 2018 will look at “The State as health duty bearer – challenges and threats”.

Mainly in the context of so-called developing countries, and if we look at the cases of Central American countries and Mozambique featured in the symposium, it is obvious that international cooperation (development cooperation) plays an important part in enabling or hindering a State to fulfil its duty of caring for the health of its population through people-centred health policies and services.


Health cooperation beyond aid – a luta continua!

Open dialogue session, 9.00-11.00 hrs (coffee and cakes)

The dialogue meeting open to MMI Network members and symposium participants shall bridge from the Symposium to a planning session of the Medicus Mundi International Network (MMI) and its working group on Effective Health Cooperation (MMI EHC), allowing to share some of the work already undertaken by MMI and discuss some of the options proposed for our future activities:

  • Looking back at the Bilbao symposium: International Health Cooperationas enabler and/or threat for a strong, people centred health system
  • Promoting “health cooperation beyond aid” – What needs to be done? How can we contribute? Dialogue session based on an planning document by MMI EHC


Towards the MMI EHC work plan for the years 2018-2019

MMI planning session, 11.30 - 15.00 hrs (sandwich lunch)

This internal MMI planning session shall be a milestone in a planning process that started in November 2017 after the successful MMI events on “Health Cooperation beyond Aid” . At the end of the session, the MMI working group on Effective Health Cooperation shall have the information and support by Network members needed to finalize its work plan for the coming two years.

The MMI working group on Effective Health Cooperation (MMI EHC) was successfully launched in 2016, with a WHA side event on “Promoting access to health in fragile contexts: What role for international cooperation?”, 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 first milestones. In their work plan for 2017, MMI EHC members agreed to focus the work on providing spaces and instruments for in-depth reflection and dialogue among actors in international health cooperation and to undertake efforts to also break down the political question of “health cooperation beyond aid” to the institutional level of the Network members in order to engage them further in the dialogue. For the years 2018 and 2019, we propose to sustain and deepen our work in these two interrelated fields.

Both sessions of the workshop will be held in English only
A more detailled announcement and documentation will follow in January 2018.
Enquiries: Thomas Schwarz, MMI Secretariat
Registration form: here

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