UNDP Launches $ 20 Million COVID-19 Response Project in Turkmenistan

UNDP Turkmenistan jointly with the World Bank and the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry conducted an online seminar to launch a new project to respond to COVID- 19 in Turkmenistan, reported on the website of the organization. The project is funded by the World Bank.

At the event, with the participation of representatives of the government, UN agencies and other international organizations, a presentation and discussion of operational and financial aspects for the implementation of the project and determination of its strategic directions during the first year took place .

“UNDP is ready to join forces with the WB, other UN agencies and the government of Turkmenistan to strengthen the country's national health system and increase its preparedness for current and future pandemics,” said Narine Sahakyan, UNDP Resident Representative in Turkmenistan .

The $ 20 million COVID-19 response project in Turkmenistan is funded by the WB and will be implemented by UNDP and the Ministry of Health to help strengthen preparedness and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will focus on strengthening national testing and treatment capacity , improving the skills of health workers, purchasing reagents, drugs and medical equipment, and addressing social and health risks associated with the pandemic . The project will support the implementation of digital solutions for the control of infectious diseases .

On September 21, UNDP in Turkmenistan signed an Agreement with the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry to implement the World Bank-funded COVID-19 Response Project.

In 2020, Turkmenistan and the UN prepared an Acute Communicable Disease Preparedness and Response Plan, as well as an Emergency Plan for the Socio-Economic Response to the Acute Communicable Disease Pandemic.

The government spent over $ 46 million to implement the first in 2020, with the UN and development partners providing $ 2.5 million. For the second, the government, the UN and international financial institutions have allocated $ 28.8 million.

On October 4, UNDP announced that within the framework of the Russian Experts for International Development program, expert Anatoly Lavrov advises the Ministry of Health of Turkmenistan on the creation of an electronic register of people who have been vaccinated against coronavirus.

Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan