L'UE dans le monde

Program for Action on Global Health

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Brussels, 28 October 2014

Draft Agenda

Short summary of the meeting

DEVCO presented an overview of their Global Health activities, with a focus on improving the impact of EU aid on global health, strengthening health system financing and enhancing access to medicines.

The European Academic Global Health Alliance (EAGHA) presented key topics of concern. These included the post 2015 process, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, adapting to and mitigating climate change, strengthening health systems and measuring aid effectiveness.

Save the Children presented lessons learned from the Ebola outbreak for global health. Common features exacerbating the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa include too few trained health workers, too few facilities and drugs, historically underfunded health sectors and mistrust in health authorities and governments. The main conclusion of the presentation was that more investment is needed for public health surveillance and health worker trainings.

In the view of HealthWorkers4all, Ebola exposes the dramatic results of weak health systems and health workforce shortages. It is a global responsibility to address similar outbreaks in the future as we live in an increased interdependent world. International health assistance should be used to create sustainable health systems.