The World Health Organization (WHO) provided new laboratory equipment to Turkmenistan on July 29, 2021, to boost the country’s capacity for COVID-19 testing. The delivery is part of a partnership between the WHO Country Office in Turkmenistan and the country’s Ministry of Health and Medical Industry to improve pandemic preparedness and response, with a focus on preventing the spread of dangerous virus types.
COVID-19 virus detection kits and two Rotor-Gene devices, which are used for COVID-19 testing, will be put in the Ministry’s regional laboratories, where polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are performed on a regular basis.
The WHO Country Office in Turkmenistan has been coordinating the work of partners – UN agencies, international organizations, and others – in support of the Ministry of Health since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that health agencies are prepared for the spread of acute respiratory infections, including COVID-19.
This has included purchasing supplies and equipment, which totaled US$ 2.8 million in 2020–2021, with US$ 2.5 million coming from WHO/Europe. With financial assistance from WHO, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, procurement efforts have helped to support the Ministry’s comprehensive measures to prevent the spread of infections (UNODC).
All of these initiatives are targeted at strengthening national capability and reducing the risks and potential consequences of COVID-19 for the residents of the country. These efforts are carried out as part of Turkmenistan’s Country Preparedness and Response Plan, which was established in partnership with UN agencies. These agencies and partner groups will continue to support the distribution of funding, materials, and equipment needed to combat the pandemic.