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RKI Mission to Uzbekistan (21-28 August 2020)

Meeting with high-level officials. Picture copyright Ministry of Health Republic of Uzbekistan. Source: Ministry of Health Republic of UzbekistanMeeting with high-level officials. Source: Ministry of Health Republic of Uzbekistan

In July 2020, the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Uzbekistan, aided by country’s Diplomatic Mission in Berlin, requested the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) to send a mission of German public health experts to support Uzbekistan’s response to COVID-19. Following the invitation, RKI deployed a team of technical experts to the country from 21 – 28 August 2020. The mission's objective was to analyze the ongoing in-country response to COVID-19 and provide technical guidance to the Ministry of Health on the improvement of response measures.

An RKI mission was comprised of ten public health experts and included, in addition to the institute’s staff, the specialists from the Goethe University Frankfurt, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, and the WHO Regional Office for Europe. The team focused on the following areas of response: country-level coordination, epidemiology and surveillance, infection prevention and control, clinical case management, and laboratory diagnostic system.

During the mission, the team met with the Minister of Health and several high-level officials. Site visits covered healthcare facilities, including specialized COVID-19 triage and treatment centers, public health centers, laboratories, and research and education facilities in Tashkent, Samarkand, and Bukhara.

Date: 21.09.2020