Sharing knowhow and joining forces towards Health for All

Annual Report 2018 of the MMI Network

Annual Report 2018 of the MMI Network

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 global health policy and governance.


Message by the President

Message by the President

Dear Members and Partners,

Technological advances have allowed us to reach unprecedented life expectancy and to improve our life quality. Nevertheless, a big part of world’s population is still excluded from “healthy lives and well-being for all”. As an example, the huge existing gap between and within countries and populations in terms of maternal or child mortality cannot be explained by any genetic or biological reason. The real problem lies in the inequalities in both living conditions and access to health care.

At the same time, global issues become more and more relevant for the health status of individuals, communities and populations and for national health policies and systems. “Global health” does not only relate to political issues such as access to medicines or the governance of global health institutions, but includes the broader determinants of health and health policies such as climate change, the economic crisis, food preservation and renewable energy that cannot be resolved at a national level alone. All these issues must indeed be considered when we aim at more equality and “health for all”.

In order to cope with today’s challenges and to fulfil its mission, the Network Medicus Mundi International (MMI) has structured its work plan in two interrelated fields of work. On the one hand, many Network members strive to improve communities’ and people’s health conditions by means of actions and projects on the ground, directed to the most disadvantaged people. To support this action, the MMI Network and its working group on Effective Health Cooperation provide a space for joint reflection on how to do this best. On the other hand, MMI tries to influence global health policies and governance through own inputs and as a convener of civil society advocacy. The activities falling under each field of work are built on contributions by Network members coming from different world regions and belonging to different areas (NGOs, national networks, academia) and are supported by our secretariat.

Two main elements of MMI Network action in the past year are worth to be highlighted: The first one is our participation in events and initiatives aimed are triggering a global process of critical reflection and debate on the right to health for all. In this regard, the Network has officially taken part in the most important meetings and conferences throughout 2018: The 71st World Health Assembly in Geneva, the Global Conference on Primary Health Care in Astana, and the Fourth People’s Health Assembly in Dhaka are some of the events where MMI had an active and vocal role in 2018.

The second element is directly linked to the Network members’ benefits. MMI is conceived for letting members share their experiences, for promoting their work and good practices, for amplifying their voices and developing common projects. This is based on the demand and contributions by members, and we had two outstanding experiences in the past year: the symposium on “The State as health duty bearer – challenges and threats” organized by Medicus Mundi Bizkaia in February in Bilbao, and the symposium “’Health for All’ by 2030: On the Right Track, or on the Verge of Failing?” of Medicus Mundi Switzerland that took place in Basel in November. MMI contributed actively to these two great occasions to gather many relevant actors among and beyond our Network(s) and to shine a light on our members’ positions and work.

2019 will be another crucial year for Medicus Mundi International to follow this double track: Continuing and further deepening our work in the fields of effective health cooperation and global health governance will not only consolidate our role, but also help these fields to be mutually strengthened. The perspectives are promising.

That’s why I think that it is important to keep thinking big and aiming high, reaching the most important institutions and actors with our analysis and input, at the same working hard, with the resources available at the Network members and secretariat, without ever losing sight of the realities and ambitions of the institutions we intend to bring together, nor of the people we want to serve.

Thanks to all who contributed to another successful year!

Carlos Mediano


Honesty, Persistency and Engagement. MMI Annual Report 2018

Honesty, Persistency and Engagement. MMI Annual Report 2018

Sometimes, we are attracted and tempted by the smooth, clean and easy surface of things – and narratives. 2018 was again a year with many such temptations: The “partnership”, “multi-stakeholder” and “global movement” discourse of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, taken over and amplified by the new leadership of the World Health Organization, pretends that we can achieve everything (sustainable development or Universal Health Coverage) if we just do it together. The mainstream narratives on “leaving no-one behind”, “pro-poor policies”, “gender transformation” – to throw a few of the buzzwords of the past year(s) on the table – make us believe that there are easy answers to complicated realities.

And sometimes it is awkward to be the ones who challenge the easy answers, ask the critical questions, enquire about the making of an apparent consensus, and insist on blind spots or shortcomings of an analysis or strategy. But sometimes just asking the right question is as relevant as giving the answers, and most of the time, it is more honest to ask the question first...

Contents of the MMI Annual Report 2018

  • A year of renewed attention to Primary Health Care
  • “Health cooperation beyond aid” …and beyond the MMI discussion paper
  • Global Health Policy and Governance: Difficult questions, difficult processes
  • Medicus Mundi International: Networking and Network development   
  • Network members
The financial report 2018 can be ordered at the Network Secretariat

Download the MMI Annual Report 2018


Network members: Short stories

Network members: Short stories

For the 2018 Annual Report, we received the folowing contributions:

  • Memisa
    Taking the Gender Turn
  • Medicus Mundi Italia
    Burkina Faso 2018: a Tragic Year for the “Land of Honest People”
  • Medicus Mundi Italia
    No one out! What we can Learn from David...
  • Medicus Mundi Switzerland
    Health for All Within a Generation is Achievable. A Manifesto
  • Andalusian School of Public Health (EASP)
    Health Information for All – in Spanish!
  • Doctors with Africa CUAMM
    The Next Generation Programme
  • Cordaid
    Follow the pill: Fighting HIV and Tuberculosis in DR Congo
  • Health Poverty Action
    The pain of prohibition
  • Swiss Red Cross
    Menstrual Hygiene Management on the Forefront

The members' short stories will be featured in a special edition of the MMI Network News in June 2019 and then also be available as individual pages. In the meantime, enjoy the collection!

  • MMI Annual Report with Network members' short stories: 15 MB, PDF


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