German HIV Practice Collection turned into German Health Practice Collection
by Anna von Roenne, 8 March 2010
On 17 February 2010, the German HIV Practice Collection turned into a German Health Practice Collection. The new BMZ Steering Group Health, with representatives of all German Development Organisations, the BMZ Head of the Health Department as well as his colleagues responsible for HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights all voted for this broadening of the thematic focus of the Collection.
At the assembly of the GTZ Sector Network Meeting Health and Social Protection Africa/MENA/LAC in Mombasa on 21 - 16 February, the network also welcomed this move. Members commented that this broadening of the Collection's focus was long overdue. The stronger involvement of partner institutions in the documentation process as seen as positive development.
The colleagues working in the field of social protection declared their interest in broadening the thematic focus of the Collection even further so that it would also include successful methods from their field. The GHPC is open for this inclusion of social protection. As a next step, the head of section social protection will discuss this possibility with the responsible BMZ department.
The Editor of the GHPC emphasized the importance of the sector network members' involvement in the decision as to which methods and approaches should be published as part of the Collection. It was agreed that the sectoral networks would take part, through their speakers, in the selection process.
The broadening of the GHPC concept from HIV to health in general will also be presented at the assembly of the GTZ sector network meeting Asia in Kathmandu on 12 - 16 April.