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Health

We live in a world in which global health has progressed considerably since the end of the 20th century, yet is still tainted by enormous inequality. Infant mortality rates for children under 5 decreased by 41% between 1990 and 2012. However, the infant mortality rate is 16 times higher in Sub-Saharan Africa than in developed countries.

A very significant reduction has also been see in maternal mortality, which has decreased from 440 in every 100,000 live births to 240. However, the maternal mortality rate in Sub-Saharan Africa is 15 times higher than in developed countries. At the same time, other health indicators point to some very alarming situations.

Two children collect water from a tank in a campaign against cholera run by Spanish Development Cooperation

Spanish Cooperation aims to help reduce this unjust inequality. In order to do this, based on the principle that all citizens have the right to the best possible state of health, Spanish Cooperation works on the basis that health is an extremely effective tool for enhancing social cohesion and is one of the most solicited public goods.

Our main activities in this area are as follows:

Alongside other donor States and philanthropist organisations, Spain has made a significant contribution to improving global health and will continue to do so.

  • We establish the basic guidelines for Spain's positioning in health-related matters on the international agenda and in the national plan, coordinating when necessary with Spanish cooperation participants who specialise in this field.
  • We take part in, monitor and draft financial proposals for specific and strategic health programmes, providing budgetary support for partner countries and basing our work on aid effectiveness principles.
  • We support and collaborate with United Nations systems' agencies with health-related agendas (WHOUNFPAUNICEF).
  • We contribute to illness-specific private-public international funds such as The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malariathe GAVI Alliance for Vaccines, UNITAID, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, the International Partnership for Microbicides, etc.

Alongside other donor States and philanthropist organisations, Spain has made a significant contribution to improving global health and will continue to do so.

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