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Robert Koch Institute

Within the framework of the Global Health Protection Programme the Robert Koch Institute takes on a leading role in the support of partner countries with capacity building for situations of crisis and outbreak, the strengthening of primary health-care systems, the implementation of the International Health Regulations and the combat of antimicrobial resistance.

Tasks

Within its international obligation Germany provides support for partner countries in the case of an outbreak and helps to further develop health-care systems. Activities aimed at international occurrence of infection are being promoted in order to meet those challenges.

The Federal Ministry of Health has issued the Global Health Protection Programme for the improvement of international health. Within this program the RKI plays a leading role in the support of partner countries with capacity building for situations of crisis and outbreak, the strengthening of primary health-care systems, the implementation of the International Health Regulations and the combat of antimicrobial resistance.

The Department of Infectious Diseases, the Centre for Biological Threats and Special Pathogen, and the Staff Unit Global Health and Biosecurity are commissioned with the execution of the individual projects. The Staff Unit is also responsible for the coordination of the Global Health Protection Programme.

Goals

  • Training on core capacities of the International Health Regulations
  • Strengthening of epidemiological capacities on a national level
  • Support of task forces for the combat of disease outbreaks
  • Transcultural Train-the-Trainer network for the management of biological risk situations in hospitals
  • Training of academic staff of partner countries
  • Strengthening of expertise in investigation of outbreaks of hemorrhagic fever and antibiotic-resistant germs
  • Support in the development of surveillance systems for antibiotic-resistant germs
  • Profile of Atiology, Burden of Disease and Antibiotic-Resistance of (nosocomial) bacterial infections contracted in hospitals or in outpatient care
  • Identification and characterization of emerging infectious diseases