wemos team 2018

Wemos in 2017: Our annual overview

For nearly 40 years we have been committed to advocate the right to health for everyone worldwide. This did not change in 2017. We are proud to present our new annual overview of 2017.

We are fully dedicated to contributing to structural improvements in global health policy. We are therefore excited to share with you the results of our work in this new annual overview report.


2017 was nothing short of ‘new’. It was the year in which the Health Systems Advocacy Partnership entered its second year, and in which we strengthened our network with new partners in the African partner countries. We also welcomed our new director, started a new cycle of Global Health Café debates, and sparked  lively discussions in the Dutch House of Representatives and the European Parliament with our lobby efforts.


These are just a few examples of the work we did. A lot has happened also in communications and fundraising. In the overview you will find interviews with our staff members, who tell about their programmes and motivation to work with Wemos. ‘I feel grateful to take up the position of director and to work with a team of committed professionals advocating the right to health worldwide. It is with pride that I look back at my first year at Wemos,’ says Director Mariëlle Bemelmans.


Curious? Have a look at our annual overview 2017

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Recent News items

The Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation policy document does not sufficiently address access to healthcare for poorer people


The new policy paper of Minister Schreinemacher of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, “Doen waar Nederland goed in is (“Doing what the Netherlands is good at”), is very much focused on Dutch business interests and seems to have insufficient attention for realising access to health care for poorer population groups. The Minister indicates that she wants to invest more in public-private collaborations in low- and middle-income countries, also in healthcare. As a result, there is a great risk that healthcare will become more commercial and therefore unaffordable for people with fewer financial resources. To provide good healthcare, the Minister should, instead, contribute to strengthening the capacity and financial resources in the public sector. 

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What are best practices to address brain drain of health workers?


What are best (regional) practices when it comes to addressing brain drain – i.e. the emigration of skilled workers, including health workers – and what action is needed on EU level? With this open consultation, the European Commission is interested in feedback on the scale and dynamics of brain drain, and in successful practices and regional strategies and policies to tackle the emigration of qualified workers. Wemos has provided input to the consultation. We recommend, for example, that EU Member States use existing instruments to implement policies and strategies based on evidence, to strengthen their health workforce.

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