German associations and NGO publish each year a progress-report in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) on national level, including international approaches. For the recent report, presented this week in Berlin, Johanniter contributed a detailed report about the support after the earthquakes in 2015 in Nepal.
Dr. Oliver Hoffmann, Public Health Adivsor at Johanniter International Assistance, and Martina Purwins, Head of Mission in Nepal, give an overview of the different activities and the important role of civil society in each step. Both conclude that if institutions - responsible for its citizens - cannot fulfil the right to health, civil society can step in. In the area of development cooperation, this requires clearer decision-making channels, which are already better developed in the humanitarian field. However, civil society aid should not, if possible, replace state structures. The use of innovative approaches, piloted by civil society, leads to improved access to the health system for marginal groups. Thus civil society groups make a significant contribution to achieving the third sustainability objective: "Ensuring a healthy life for all people of all ages, reducing maternal and child mortality, combating serious diseases".
Here you can download and read the Johanniter-report in English