Epidemic preparedness

Lab technician at the new influenza reference laboratory, Lomé.

In today’s interconnected world, the outbreak of an easily transmittable infectious disease can potentially turn into an epidemic or pandemic, affecting millions of people and disrupting normal patterns of social and economic life in whole regions. In the era of globalization, there is not a single country that is in a position – on its own – to protect itself against such public health threats, putting epidemic preparedness high on the agenda for international cooperation.
German Development Cooperation complements international efforts in this field by supporting partner countries in strengthening their epidemic preparedness in the long run. It supports capacity development in the following areas:

  • Prevention of infectious diseases 
  • Early detection of infectious disease outbreaks
  • Establishment of appropriate rapid response mechanisms at regional, national and local level
  • Measures to halt and reverse the spread of epidemic outbreaks

In addition, it has established a network for epidemic readiness, bringing together organisations such as the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM), the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The network can rapidly deploy interdisciplinary teams of experts to partner countries where outbreaks are suspected or confirmed to support both assessments and targeted response measures.

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