Strong health systems are a prerequisite to receive quality health care. The COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences are putting enormous additional pressure on health systems. Researchers at the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) analyse how global health can be strengthened in the coming years. On the one hand, it is a matter of preventing pandemics and epidemics in the future. On the other hand, health systems must become more resilient. Research and advisory services on the topic of health currently encompass three areas at IDOS:
One Health: In order to prevent localised epidemics and continental pandemics it is necessary to view human, animal and environmental health as one unit, as it is in the concept of One Health. IDOS investigates how these areas should be linked effectively and is making recommendations for action.
Health financing: The sustainable financing of health services is indispensable to guarantee health care for everyone. IDOS examines the effectiveness of various financing instruments - such as social health insurance - and shows how they can become more sustainable and inclusive.
Vaccination against COVID-19: In order to control the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide in a sustainable way, a large part of the world's population must have a vaccination as quickly as possible. This requires global solidarity: between states in the global North and South as well as between social actors worldwide. IDOS investigates which factors and interventions are crucial to promote global solidarity and to control the pandemic in the future.