Month archive: February, 2021

Election debate: the Netherlands and sexual and reproductive health and rights worldwide

The Netherlands plays a leading role in sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in the global arena. With the Dutch elections ahead (in March), the question arises: will the Netherlands maintain this role? Will SRHR remain a priority of Dutch development cooperation policy? On March 4 (14:00), Dutch MPs will discuss this topic during the SRHR election debate organised by Share-Net Netherlands and the SRHR platform, of which Wemos is a member.

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The Medicines Debate in De Balie

How can we keep medicines accessible and affordable for everyone in the Netherlands and the rest of the world? Now that the Netherlands has made a remarkably slow start with its Covid-19 vaccination campaign, the topic of access to medicines is again high on the (political) agenda. So how can we improve this access to medicines? Several candidate MPs will discuss this during The Medicines Debate (‘Het Geneesmiddelendebat’ in Dutch) on February 25th, 20:00 at the venue De Balie, which will be broadcast online.

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The pandemic and the strong government’s comeback

Over the past year, the Covid-19 pandemic has confronted countries all over the world with their health systems problems, which are largely caused by decentralised governments, austerity measures and the introduction of market forces in health care. But the crisis therefore offers opportunities for a comeback of the concept of a strong government with a guiding role. Vice Versa, a Dutch magazine on international cooperation and development, spoke about this topic with (among others) Wemos’ director Mariëlle Bemelmans for their upcoming (Dutch) Election Special 2021. “Weak governments have not done health care any good. Corona exposed the problems in the health system, but they existed well before the pandemic.”

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The Great Foreign Policy Debate

Corona has shown that global health has a major impact on the rest of the world. In the run-up to the elections, various politicians will discuss the future role of the Netherlands in the world during the Great Foreign Policy Debate (24 February, 5:30 pm). Led by Sophie Derkzen (Bureau Buitenland, VPRO) and under the pressure of a chess clock, they will debate on three current topics, including global health. The debate will be broadcasted live from Nieuwspoort and can be viewed via www.hetgrotebuitenlanddebat.nl

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