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A major step forward for quality assurance in Uzbekistan’s laboratory system

March 5, 2024

A major step forward for quality assurance in Uzbekistan’s laboratory system

With support from Germany, virologists in Uzbekistan have designed their own reference panel for influenza. Not only will this help to strengthen surveillance for seasonal and pandemic influenza, but it will also ensure quality PCR diagnostics at regional laboratories across the country.

WHS 2023: How can access to health innovations be made more equitable?

November 28, 2023

WHS 2023: How can access to health innovations be made more equitable?

The COVID-19 pandemic laid bare brutal inequities in access to medical breakthroughs between Global North and South. A high-level panel debates how this can be changed.

WHS 2023: Is it time to re-think outbreak response teams?

October 31, 2023

WHS 2023: Is it time to re-think outbreak response teams?

An expert panel discusses power and partnerships in global health.

“Breaking barriers” event at Tierpark Berlin places biodiversity conservation at the heart of One Health

October 30, 2023

“Breaking barriers” event at Tierpark Berlin places biodiversity conservation at the heart of One Health

‘I can see the barriers breaking already’, said Prof. Thomas Mettenleiter, founding co-chair of the One Health High-level Expert Panel (OHHLEP), as he welcomed 120 invited scientists, decision-makers and implementers to “Breaking barriers: Advancing the One Health agenda with a focus on the environment” in Schloss Friedrichsfelde, situated in the large and green Tierpark Berlin. 

A high-level forum on pandemics – no time for neglect

October 16, 2023

A high-level forum on pandemics – no time for neglect

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) joined forces to host a high-level meeting on pandemics. Despite the challenges ahead, a sense of hope and determination prevailed that progress can be made.

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Pandemic preparedness

Without pandemic preparedness infectious disease outbreaks can swiftly turn into global threats.

No single country is in a position – on its own – to protect itself against international public health threats. With over two billion passengers travelling by air annually, disease outbreaks which go unnoticed or are not stopped at their point of origin can spread to multiple locations. The emergence of SARS in 2003, the subsequent outbreaks of ‘avian flu’, ‘swine flu’ and Ebola are all reminders of our shared vulnerability to disease and newly arising health threats. Twelve years before COVID-19, most scientists prophetically agreed that the emergence of another, potentially severe pandemic of influenza was only a matter of time.

‘Pandemic preparedness’ refers to a country’s state of readiness to prevent, detect, report and respond to disease outbreaks. Being prepared requires country-level preparedness based on a resilient national health system, on the one hand, and transparent and trust-based communication and collaboration at an international level to deal with emergent outbreaks, on the other.

Supporting pandemic preparedness of partner countries to strengthen the resilience of their health systems and to protect their populations is a priority of German development cooperation, as reflected in the articles, events and studies presented on this page.

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