Multilateral cooperation commitments in the health sector

Global Health strategy

On 25 April 2014, Luxembourg’s development cooperation published its new global health sector strategy, which aims to inform Luxembourg’s development cooperation partners about its priorities in the health sector, to guide the actions of the various actors receiving government financing and to emphasise the importance that Luxembourg gives to global health. The new strategy is inspired by the international framework for global health: firstly, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which are still relevant, and, secondly, the debate on the new post-2015 development agenda. Health is a key element in eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable development. It plays a dual role: it is a determining factor of economic growth, while also being a cause and effect of poverty. Health has a significant multisectoral dimension, since it is closely linked to other sectors such as nutrition, education, environment, water and sanitation, gender, etc. The new global heath strategy takes these different factors into account.

The overarching goal of this new strategy is Universal Health Coverage (UHC), which is also part of the debate on the single health goal for the post-2015 period. Luxembourg’s development cooperation is working to achieve UHC  through three strategic objectives, namely:

  • health system strengthening (HSS),
  • the fight against communicable diseases,
  • women and children’s health.

In specifying these priorities, the global health strategy guides the actions of the bilateral and multilateral partners in this area and at the same time acts as a frame of reference for the interventions of NGOs.