The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Turkmenistan has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry to implement the World Bank-funded COVID-19 project to strengthen the country's response and pandemic preparedness.
Within the framework of the project with a budget of $20 million, activities will be organized to strengthen preparedness and response to the pandemic COVID-19. In particular, the project aims to strengthen national testing and treatment capacity, improve the skills of health professionals, purchase reagents, medicines and medical equipment, and address the social and health risks associated with the pandemic. The project will support implementation of digital solutions for the control of infectious diseases.
In the long term, the project aims to comprehensively strengthen the national health system to respond effectively to pandemics.
The project will support implementation of Turkmenistan's Plan of Preparedness and Response to Acute Infectious Disease, implemented in partnership with UN agencies in Turkmenistan and defining preventive and response actions to combat COVID-19.
"We are honored to participate in this vital initiative to help the country strengthen the capacity of the health sector in connection with global pandemics," said Natia Natsvlishvili, acting Resident Representative of UNDP in Turkmenistan. - UNDP is ready, together with other partners, to continue its efforts to mitigate the impact of the global pandemic by leveraging its best resources, knowledge and experience, building on the fundamental principle of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda - "Leave no one behind."