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COVID-19 crisis

German team of experts assists Peru


Laboratory test at the Charité in Berlin

Press release of 23.06.2020 |

BERLIN – Latin America has become a global epicentre of COVID-19. In order to provide swift assistance, the German Development Ministry today sent a team of experts and laboratory materials to Peru.

German Development Minister Gerd Müller said, "Worldwide, nine million people have been infected with the coronavirus. 140,000 new infections are added to that number every day, the highest increase since the beginning of the pandemic. We have to do everything we can to contain the further spread of the disease. This applies especially to Latin America, where as many as two million people have already been infected. Our expert teams of doctors and laboratory scientists are providing emergency aid. They bring test kits to our partners and offer training. The next assignment of the German Epidemic Preparedness Team will be in Peru, the country with the seventh-highest number of infections in the world – more than 250,000. The team is leaving for Peru today. The pandemic has hit indigenous groups and displaced people in Peru particularly hard. I am glad that experts from Charité university hospital in Berlin have joined the other specialists to provide support in this crisis."

German Epidemic Preparedness Teams seek to help countries to identify outbreaks of diseases at the earliest possible point and to prevent them from spreading if possible. During the COVID-19 pandemic, teams have already provided assistance in Namibia, Benin, Colombia and Ecuador. Over the past few months, ten laboratories have received equipment and local staff has been trained on how to handle the virus safely. Moreover, more than 240,000 test kits have already been provided to partner countries.

The German Epidemic Preparedness Team is a cooperation project between Robert Koch Institute, Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine, and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). It was initiated by the German Development Ministry and the German Health Ministry. In the current COVID-19 situation, experts from Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin are also taking part in the joint effort.

 

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