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Germany steps up to the plate in global health

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Science  05 Jan 2018:
Vol. 359, Issue 6371, pp. 17-18
DOI: 10.1126/science.359.6371.17

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Germany has long shied away from playing any major role on the global stage, and especially in public health, or Volksgesundheit, a label used to justify Nazi crimes in the past. But now, Germany's role in global health is growing rapidly. The German government has embarked on several international health initiatives and has doubled its financial contributions to global health aid. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation plans to set up a Berlin office next year; the German capital will also host a new, international center focused on the rising threat of antimicrobial resistance. Germany's own research output in global health is still lagging, however.