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Excursion to GIZ and KfW Development Bank

A special programme was arranged for our students amid the routine health economics lectures. With the support of Mr. Norbert Noisser from the Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Regional Development, State of Hesse, they visited the German Development Cooperation (GIZ – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH) and the KfW Development Bank. The first destination was the GIZ office in Eschborn. During the visit, the students were first introduced to the Health and Social Protection Portfolio of the organisation, including various GIZ projects supporting maternal and child health, infectious and non-communicable diseases, health systems strengthening, and social protection in Africa, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and South East Asia. Then, presentations about access to medicines, intellectual property and local pharmaceutical production in developing countries and Programme to foster innovation, learning and evidence in HIV were given. After the inspiring presentations, the student group had an intense discussion with the GIZ experts on issues related to the impact of TRIPS Agreement and DOHA Declaration on pharmaceutical access in developing countries. In the afternoon, the students arrived at the KfW Development Bank in Frankfurt. In the bank, they were given an overview about KfW and the role of the development bank. Two interesting projects commissioned by the bank were also shared: Results-based financing in Malawi and Gender-based family planning and HIV/AIDS prevention in Ivory Coast and West Africa. It was definitely an eye-opening experience for our students. At the end of the fruitful day, they understood more about global health cooperation and some of the related issues. Also, they are now opened up to another field in the health sector where they can potentially apply their expertise gained from our master programme.