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High-ranking Scientific Advisory Board accompanies the work of the Centre for International Health Protection

A high-ranking Scientific Advisory Board accompanies the work of the Centre for International Health Protection ZIG at the Robert Koch Institute. Under the chairmanship of Peter Piot, Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, international experts advise the RKI in the field of international health protection, e.g. in pandemic control and prevention, as well as in exchange with National Public Health Institutes. The constituent meeting took place in an online session on 26.11.2020.

The Centre for International Health Protection was established following the experience of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and started its work in January 2019. Members of the Scientific Advisory Board reflect the interdisciplinary expertise required in this field. It includes the virologist Prof Christian Drosten and Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for the African Region, Dr John Nkengasong, Director of Africa CDC and Prof Juliet Bedford, a British expert in anthropology in global health, as well as Prof. Ali Mokdad from the Institute of Health Metrics at the University of Washington.

ZIG’s main tasks are information management, the development of evidence-based methods as well as providing support for the implementation of projects on international health protection.

The ZIG thus contributes to fulfilling the new requirements in the area of international health protection as laid down in the new version of the Infection Protection Act in 2017.
At the same time, the activities of the ZIG facilitate synergies which strengthen health protection in Germany.

Learn more: www.rki.de/zig-en

Date: 01.12.2020