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Extending diagnostic capacities for lassa virus in Togo, 2016. Source: Michael Nagel - GIZ

The German Epidemic Preparedness Team (SEEG) of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Nearly every day, outbreaks of serious infectious disease occur somewhere in the world. If they are discovered too late, not identified or misdiagnosed, many people can pay with their lives and development achievements can be negated. Bodies such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and numerous countries have been working on responding more quickly to such outbreaks in future. As a key component of German involvement, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has formed the German Epidemic Preparedness Team (SEEG). Through rapid deployment on the ground, it helps to identify outbreaks of disease as quickly as possible and stop them from spreading. The project is coordinated by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in co-operation with the Bernhard-Nocht-Institute for Tropical Medicine and the Robert Koch Institute. During the lassa fever outbreak in Togo 2016, for example, SEEG experts helped to extend diagnostic capacities for lassa virus and to train laboratory staff, so that tests can be conducted in Togo now.

Date: 24.03.2017