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WHO delivers EU-funded medical supplies to Kazakhstan for healthcare workers’ protection against COVID-19

26/01/2021 - 06:39
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Nur-Sultan – This week, the World Health Organization (WHO) shipped 8,317 kg of medical supplies to Kazakhstan with the financial support of the European Union (EU). The shipment contains personal protective equipment, such as surgical masks, gowns and laboratory equipment to support the Kazakh government in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The cargo will be sent to SK Pharmacia (single distributor of medicines and medical devices appointed by the Kazakh Ministry of Healthcare) for distribution to Kazakh medical organisations in line with priorities and needs.

“During this challenging time, it is extremely important to show solidarity and support for health workers in all countries”, said Head of WHO Country Office Dr Caroline Clarinval. “We once again express our gratitude to the European Union as the largest donor during this pandemic, ensuring supplies of medical devices to the Republic of Kazakhstan. The health of Kazakhstani medical workers at the forefront must remain our priority”.

“The medical cargo that we delivered to Kazakhstan thanks to our partnership with WHO is a part of the global assistance programme that the European Union is providing to Kazakhstan to fight the pandemic. I am sure that only thanks to mutual assistance, openness and effective international cooperation, we will not only defeat this crisis, but we will also be able to prevent this kind of public health threats in the future”, said Ambassador of the European Union to Kazakhstan Mr Sven-Olov Carlsson.

A delivery plan against COVID-19 and beyond
This cargo is part of a joint WHO and EU delivery plan to support national health authorities in responding to COVID-19. In July 2020, the EU launched the Central Asia COVID-19 Crisis Response (CACCR) Programme, a solidarity package with a budget of 3 million euro (1.4 billion tenge) to help Central Asian countries with Kazakhstan being a major beneficiary of the programme.

The CACCR program supports mitigation of the impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic. The programme also seeks to ensure the long-term sustainability of the national health systems by building the capacity to respond to similar threats to public health should they arise in the future.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) is the directing and coordinating body for international public health within the UN. More information about the activities of the organization can be found at who.int.

The European Union is made up of 27 Member States who have decided to gradually link together their know-how, resources and destinies. Together, during a period of enlargement of 60 years, they have built a zone of stability, democracy and sustainable development whilst maintaining cultural diversity, tolerance and individual freedoms. The EU collectively is the world’s largest donor of humanitarian aid.

For additional information please contact:
Assel Gabbassova
Communications Consultant
WHO Country Office in Kazakhstan
Tel .: +7 701 705 04 16
Email: gabbassovaa@who.org

Yerkezhan Amriyeva
Communications Specialist
EU Delegation to Kazakhstan
Tel.: + 7 (7172) 974566
Email: yerkezhan.amriyeva@eeas.europa.eu