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Centre for International Health Protection (ZIG)

Walter Biederbick

Ever since the Ebola crisis in 2014/15 in West Africa, it has become obvious that national and international health protection are closely interlinked. Consequently, national health policies should integrate an international perspective. For the German government, this was reflected in its declarations on the G20 and G7 summits in Hamburg (2017) and Elmau (2015):

Within the international community, Germany will make a strategic and structuring contribution to strengthening health sustainably in international contexts.

In order to achieve this goal, the Federal Ministry of Health set up a "Centre for International Health Protection (ZIG)" at the Robert Koch Institute.

The Centre started operating at the beginning of 2019.

Among the main tasks of the ZIG will be 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.

The centre is divided into a central office and four specialist units:

  • ZIG 1 - Information Centre for International Health Protection (INIG)
  • ZIG 2 - Evidence-based Public Health
  • ZIG 3 - Emergency Preparedness & Response Support
  • ZIG 4 - Public Health Laboratory Support

Date: 14.01.2019