The COVID-19 pandemic affects people’s health and well-being on a global scale and is laying bare deep inequalities in terms of gender, vulnerability and disability, especially in low- and middle-income countries that often lack well-functioning social protection schemes and face many health systems challenges. Albeit, we are seeing a high level of leadership in several countries, the leveraging of experiences gained in other infectious disease outbreaks, major commitment from health and social workers, and unprecedented inter-agency collaboration.
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has shown great agility to facilitate the re-allocation of funds within existing projects to assist partner countries in the fight against COVID-19 in Tanzania, Moldova, Kosovo, Albania, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Ethiopia and Chad. Swiss TPH is responsible for the implementation of projects in these countries.
“It is excellent to see Switzerland actively engaging in the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Kaspar Wyss, Head of the Swiss Centre for International Health and Deputy Director at Swiss TPH. “We are grateful for this opportunity to implement local and national initiatives ranging from a national call centre, diagnostics, communications and procurements to support COVID-19 relief efforts around the globe."