Health

“I welcome this sign of good will”

Pope Francis gives his Angelus blessing from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square © Alessandra Tarantino

A comprehensive ceasefire in eastern Ukraine is to take effect on Monday. Pope Francis has welcomed this and urged the parties to the conflict to actually implement the agreement. In addition, the pope had an appeal for the youth of the world.

Health

Background

Hospitals are financed by the federal government and the states. The statutory health insurers will pay for the running costs. The federal states are responsible for the construction of clinics, infrastructure and investments in large-scale equipment. The hospital system costs a lot of money. Health insurers spend one-third of their expenditures on the approximately 2.100 hospitals in Germany, which amounts to around 50 billion euros a year.

Health

The shock sits deep

The shock sits deep

Protective measures against the Zika virus © Miguel Gutierrez

The number of Zika cases is stagnating in Brazil. But women are still afraid to give birth to children with microcephaly. Meanwhile, authorities are getting tangled up in bureaucratic chaos.

Health

Commitment enormously expanded

Germany still lacks 220.000 places for young children to reach the target, for 780.000 of the under-threes to be provided with a childcare option. But there is also a shortage of preschool teachers. Frank Jansen on the commitment of the Association of Catholic Day Care Facilities for Children.



CBA: Mr. Jansen, the Catholic Church and Caritas are important providers of day care facilities for children. How do you see the situation in childcare?