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Her Health, Our Wealth

Elevating Family Planning & Women’s Health to boost the African Economy

Her Health, Our Wealth

July 2, 2024

Château Royal, Berlin

Women worldwide face a significant disadvantage in healthcare systems, spending 25 percent more of their lives in ill health compared to men. This disparity extends beyond health, impacting women’s financial independence and overall empowerment. Addressing this issue is not just about equality—it’s an economic imperative.

A McKinsey Health Institute study reveals the potential of closing this health gap: by 2040, it could boost the global economy by $1 trillion annually and reduce women’s sick leave by two-thirds—equivalent to creating 137 million full-time jobs.

Investing in women’s health through equal access to medical care and information is therefore not just ethically necessary but economically sound. It promotes gender equality, enhances quality of life, and drives global economic growth.

The German government as a whole, is standing for free decisions of women and girls about their body and their health.
Dr. Bärbel Kofler, MdB
State Secretary, BMZ
We need to listen to women and girls. And trust what they say their needs are. And then respond to those needs.
Dr. Gathari Ndirangu Gichuhi
Director Global Family Planning, Jhpiego

What actions need to be focused on to improve women's health and promote family planning on the African continent?

Insights and networking at Global Perspectives Circle "Her Health, Our Wealth"

Key questions

  • Economic potential

    How can the awareness of the social and economic relevance of progress in women's health and family planning be raised, in particular among local actors?

  • Information access

    What myths and misinformation about women's health and family planning need to be dispelled?

  • Policies for cooperation

    What policies should be put in place to improve (inter)national cooperation on women's health and family planning on the African continent?

  • New business models

    Which innovative health services have the greatest potential to address women's health and family planning issues, and what is needed to support them?


We believe in proximity building trust. Our most personal format therefore offers the opportunity to deepen the knowledge of our high-ranking guests in a small circle, together with an exchange of experiences, in dialogue.

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Discussing Development Policies in a Multipolar World
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The Africa Roundtable N°6
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The sixth edition of the Africa Roundtable focuses on how the African continent can unlock its full potential as an agricultural powerhouse.

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