International Cooperation

Global Action on Health More Vital than Ever

ARCHIV - A Liberian nurse administers an experimental Ebola vaccine at the beginning of a trial program at the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town, outside Monrovia, Liberia, 02 February 2015. Liberia started the first large-scale trial of experimental Ebola vaccine by injecting a small amount of Ebola virus strain into 12 volunteers to evoke an immune response. The trial will then be expanded to include 30,000 people throughout the West African nation. Liberia has been one of the countries hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak, with 8,478 reported cases and 3,605 deaths, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Photo: EPA/AHMED JALLANZO (zu dpa "Ebola-Impfstoffe in Liberia erfolgreich getestet" vom 27.03.2015) +++(c) dpa - Bildfunk+++
A Liberian nurse administers an Ebola vaccine.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    We face some very different challenges from country to country and region to region, but in this globalized community we are in a unique position that requires us to confront all of them together.

  • Facts


    • In order to meet domestic obligations, many countries’ contribution to international health efforts is declining.
    • The WHO prioritizes urgent challenges in developing nations, but there are also health issues in Europe.
    • Eastern Europe saw a 57 percent increase in annual HIV infections between 2010 and 2015.
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As we saw with the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and countless other international health emergencies, the willingness of Europe to stand up and provide for others in times of crisis has continued to be one of its defining characteristics.  And it has saved, and continues to save, innumerable lives around the globe.

Yet, in this era of profound changes – Brexit, heightened security fears, migration crises, climate change, and economic fragility – there is some uncertainty as to where international cooperation is headed. And in order to meet domestic obligations, contribution to international health efforts is declining.

But neither politics nor economics is a worthy excuse to neglect global health action. This is an investment that must be made now – or we will all see enormous costs later.

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