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For over a century, Haiti has had an ambitious – but struggling – laboratory sector. Can the new national policy, supported by an EU-funded project, be the change needed?
Woman being provided with contraceptives
In our first-ever podcast, we look at how one EU-funded programme is attempting to provide 120 million women in developing countries with access to contraceptives.
One in three women is estimated to have experienced physical or sexual violence during their lifetime – a fact often hidden, and too high to be ignored. We talked to the European Union Delegations in Guatemala and Mexico about their selection for the Spotlight Initiative, and its role in a region deemed the most violent in the world for women.
Ending hunger and malnutrition by 2030 will require approaches that go beyond targeting only stunting and wasting – agreed the participants of the Nutrition Seminar organised in March by the European Commission in Brussels.
Health clinic in Nigeria
Each year, nearly 100 million people find themselves pushed into extreme poverty because of health-related expenditures. Capacity4dev spoke to health programme managers at the EU Delegations to Nigeria, Ethiopia, South Africa and Timor-Leste to find out what each country is doing to address the issue, and how the EU is supporting these processes.
EU support for UHC
In the second part of our series on Universal Health Coverage, we look at how the EU is supporting partner countries achieve UHC, through mechanisms like the IHP for UHC 2030, the UHC Partnership, and the SPHIP programme.
Universal health coverage
Under Agenda 2030, the European Commission has committed itself to helping partner countries achieve UHC. In the first part of our series on Universal Health Coverage, Capacity4dev speaks to Dr Joseph Kutzin of WHO and Matthias Reinicke from DG DEVCO on the history of Universal Health Coverage and the common challenges to achieving it.
psychiatrist and patient
Depression affects over 300 million people around the world, the majority in lower and middle-income countries. Living in poverty exposes people to a barrage of risk factors for mental illness, and it’s a vicious cycle: people suffering from mental ill-health have a harder time accessing services, securing employment and getting out of poverty. The impact goes far beyond the individual sufferer. In this Voices & Views we look at how development partners can support the integration of mental health in healthcare systems.
The Philippines, comprising over 7,000 Pacific islands, has wide gaps in living standards and opportunities and faces numerous development challenges. EU Ambassador Franz Jessen explains how the EU is working with the Duterte administration on areas such as human rights, health and law and order.
Development projects and programmes aim to change lives around the world using various methods from technical assistance to capacity development. But what actually happens when a project ends and the money is withdrawn from one day to the next? What legacy does the EU leave behind? Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia, Country Director and Head of the Higher Education and Training HIV/AIDS (HEAIDS) Programme in South Africa shares his experiences, including how he overcame financial cutbacks and near collapse, to oversee one of South Africa’s best success stories. 

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