The 2016 meeting of the Medicus Mundi International Network took place in Berlin, following an invitation by our German Network member action medeor and linked with a VENRO conference on global health on 28 September.

Health cooperation beyond aid. MMI public workshop, 29 September 2016

“Poverty is not a natural condition. It is a state of plunder. It is delusional to believe that charity and aid are meaningful solutions to this kind of problem.” (Jason Hickel)

With its public workshop “Health Cooperation beyond aid”, the Network Medicus Mundi International contributed to the debate on how actors in development cooperation such as international NGOs or bilateral agencies can engage in a legitimate, relevant and effective way to achieving universal access to health.


9.15 Coffee and networking
9.45 Warm-up
10.00 Christoph Bonsmann, action medeor
Heiko Warnken, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
How to achieve Universal Health Coverage, and what can  development cooperation contribute
10.30 Open dialogue moderated by Andreas Wulf, medico international, referring to a MMI discussion paper distributed to the participants and published after the workshop
Health Cooperation: Its relevance, legitimacy and effectiveness as a contribution to achieving universal access to health
12.00 Lunch

The meeting was followed by an internal planning workshop of the MMI Network.

Workshop documentation

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Health Cooperation: Its relevance, legitimacy and effectiveness as a contribution to achieving universal access to health
Download the MMI discussion paper: PDF

Pictures from the workshop
Flickr photo album

Editorial by Remco van de Pas
Back from Berlin, reflecting about paradigm shifts…

MMI working group on Effective Health Cooperation (MMI EHC)

Leaving no one behind in global health – what should Germany’s contribution be? VENRO international conference, 28 September 2016

“In September 2015, the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Sustainable Development Goal 3 aims at ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages.

One year after the adoption of the Agenda for Sustainable Development it is time to take stock: Is the course set in the right direction? What are the international community and Germany doing to achieve the goal?

We would like to discuss these and other questions with the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr Gerd Müller, further representatives from politics, as well as national and international experts from civil society, academia, multilateral organisations and the private sector.” (VENRO)

Conference program: Download (PDF)