Towards a new EU global health strategy - a civil society shadow strategy

Europe, Health
Ami Gohita, 45, midwife doing prenatal consultation with Alima Sogoba, 29,, in the communal health centre (CSCOM) of Dougouolo.  Alima is a trainee in the Health centre but she is a pregnant woman and she usually does her consultation in the health ce ...
Image: WaterAid/ Basile Ouedraogo

Given the emergence of COVID-19 and other challenges in the global health landscape, the European Union (EU) needs to renew its vision so it can address new and neglected global health challenges. The current EU health framework is now ten years old. The pandemic – in addition to the election of a new EU Parliament, the appointment of a new European Commission, the upcoming start of a new multiannual financial framework (2021–27) and the programming of relevant EU funding instruments – represent a strategic opportunity to define a new EU global health strategy. 

To efficiently and effectively leverage its political and policy influence, the EU needs a strategy that acts like a compass, provides operational guidance and coordinates a holistic approach to global health.

Together with Aidsfonds, Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (DSW), Global Health Advocates, International Planned Parenthood Federation – European Network (IPPF EN) and Save the Children, we have produced Towards a new EU Global Health Strategy, a civil society shadow proposal providing recommendations to inspire the EU towards a more comprehensive vision and role in global health.