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The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC or ECOSOC)

This is a consultative body that gives representatives of European interest groups, a formal platform to express their points of views on EU issues. These views are then forwarded to the relevant EU bodies, thus it forms a bridge between business and civil society and EU decision making. Members of the EESC are drawn from […]

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The open method of coordination

The open method of coordination (OMC) is an increasingly important process of governance within the European Union whereby Member States voluntarily share guidelines and codes of practice. It is based on the idea that cooperation on social issues where subsidiarity applies (i.e. Member States are free to take their own decisions within broad policy agreements) […]

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The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Among the most prominent global health partnerships in the world is the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund), which became operational in January 2002. By 1 December 2008, the Global Fund had signed grant agreements worth US $10.2 billion for 579 grants in 137 countries, and has disbursed US$ 6.8 […]

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Human resources for health

The WHO defines health workers as all people engaged in actions whose primary intent is to enhance health. This includes mothers and carers, community health workers and traditional birth attendants. Formal health workers can be classified into two major groups: the health service providers (two-thirds of the formal health workers) and health management and support […]

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New funding tools

In recent years, there has been growing recognition of the scale of investment required to address global health and environmental issues. Action on funding for global health include renewed commitments to the 1970 target for official development assistance of 0.7 per cent of GDP/GNI, and the development of new instruments for financial and other forms of assistance. […]

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The European Union’s health strategy

On 23 October 2007, the European Commission adopted its new Health Strategy, Together for Health: A Strategic Approach for the EU 2008-2013. In the words of the Commission, “On 23 October 2007, the European Commission adopted its new Health Strategy, Together for HealthOn 23 October 2007, the European Commission adopted its new Health Strategy, Together […]