Berlin Melbourne Model Pilot
Berlin as a Health Care Centre


Berlin’s project as an Innovating City in the Cities Programme focused on improving health management and health care services in Berlin. It provided an exchange of experience with other cities on the subjects of healthcare in metropolitan areas and social responsibility, a physicians’ exchange and partnerships in the area of public health management, also involved the Business Coalition against AIDs.

This project worked to improve metropolitan health management and heath care services in Berlin, particularly for the benefit of migrants, from 2006 onwards.

As part of the initiative, the ‘Better Health’ project conducted the 1st International Urban Medicine and Metropolitan Health Conference in Berlin, in 2007 with project partners: Senate Chancellery Berlin; Vivantes Network for Health; and Charité University Medicine Berlin.

Seeking to Address:

  1. Children’s psych health
  2. HIV/aids treatment and prevention
  3. Demographic challenges in urban health care
  4. Specific health needs for migrants in urban contexts


  • To improve health issues in metropolitan areas

  • To foster an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and experiences

  • To influence long-term cross sectoral approaches to urban health


Berlin is a multicultural city with a high proportion of immigrants. “Active Health” aimed to improve equal access to health care for all residents, focusing on two core metropolitan health issues:

  • specific health problems experienced by residents with a migration background and
  • health care policy challenges triggered by demographic changes in metropolitan areas


Original Project Plan

  1. To carry out a private-public partnership between Berlin Town Hall, Vivantes and Charite (who between them are responsible for almost all of Berlin’s clinics and hospitals).
  2. Elaborate and distribute flyers on best practices for improving metropolitan health to German Global Compact members, partner cities inside and outside Germany, and member cities of the UNGC Cities Programme.

The project is based on the insight that immigrants’ access to the health care system is best when they themselves are part of the system and take an active role in improving health care for their community. “Active Health” aims to attract immigrants to the health professions and to promote their empowerment.

BGZ Berlin International Cooperation Agency GmbH was a lead partner in the Active Health project. It is an agency funded by the federal state of Berlin, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (Industrie- und Handelskammer), and the Chamber of Skilled Trades (Handwerkskammer). Working with Berlin’s Senate Department for Health, the Environment and Consumer Protection and the organization Gesundheit Berlin e.V.  into context with the pilot project “Active Health – Strategies to improve immigrants’ access to health care by promoting awareness and empowerment.”

“Active Health” was financed by EU funds allocated to the “Community Action Programme to Combat Social Exclusion” and helps to raise the awareness of stakeholders in all sectors: politics, administration, business, education, and immigrant organizations. The project is working with all of these to develop strategies, exchange experience with successful practices, and carry out pilot measures. Informational events, seminars, and conferences for stakeholders are being offered. Young people interested in training, along with their parents, can consult volunteer “career advisors.” These are health professionals who have a migration background themselves, making them role models for the people they are advising. The campaigns involving these volunteers are to be continued at Berlin institutions and organizations after the conclusion of the project.

See more information – see detailed press release Active Health Global Compact (eng).

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