EU to support Central Asian countries in the fight with COVID-19

EU to support Central Asian countries in the fight with COVID-19
The European Union launches a program to help Central Asian countries, which is aimed at mitigating the effects of the pandemic and providing longer-term resilience of the national health systems of the region’s countries. As part of the Central Asia COVID-19 Crisis Response (CACCR) package, three million euros will be allocated with a primary focus on Kazakhstan, the Delegation of the European Union to Kazakhstan said.
“The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated how vulnerable our national health systems are and how vital it is to rethink the way we handle public health emergencies. This is why, in addition to providing essential medical supplies and equipment needed today, the CACCR program will also help laboratories and hospitals to be better prepared to face similar pandemics tomorrow,” said Sven-Olov Carlsson, Ambassador of the European Union to Kazakhstan.

The program contains three phases. First, assistance will be provided to those who need it urgently. In the second phase, when the peak of the pandemic passes, the focus will shift to the recovery and preparation for a potential second wave. In the third and final phase, efforts will be aimed at building and maintaining resilient, effective and strengthened health systems.