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RKI in the Field

When there are health emergencies across the world, such as disease outbreaks, the Robert Koch Institute’s expertise is in ever greater demand. RKI staff become involved on various levels: they help, amongst other things, to assess the situation in the countries affected, to trace individuals infected and to coordinate control measures. They also provide reliable diagnostics on the spot and train staff, for example in using personal protective equipment. In such situations, the institute cooperates with international partners like the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC); a further important partner is the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine in Hamburg. As of 2016, RKI is also involved in the work of the European Medical Corps, which was set up after the Ebola epidemic in West Africa to respond more effectively to international emergency situations. The pictures and reports on some of the international deployments provide some insights into the work in outbreak areas.

Photo story on the establishment of molecular Dengue virus diagnostics in Sri Lanka (24.8.2018)

RKI epidemiologists support refugee aid in Bangladesh

Photo story: Fighting pneumonic plague on Madagascar in autumn 2017 (9.1.2018)

Photo stories: Fighting Yellow Fever in Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo (27.9.2016)

Ebola virus disease in West Africa: Reports on RKI staff deployments (2015)

Date: 24.08.2018