In October 2020, Integral Global Health was awarded a cooperative agreement from the CDC to conduct GHS activities in the Republic of Uzbekistan. The cooperative agreement is in partnership with CRDF Global, an independent non-profit organization.
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND
IGH is currently assisting the government of Uzbekistan in developing an Emergency Operations Center (EOC), located inside the Services for Sanitary and Epidemiological Well-being (SSEW) in Tashkent. The EOC will improve public health emergency and surveillance systems to improve the country’s capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to natural occurring outbreaks, intentional or accidental releases, and biological threats of international concern.
Previously, Uzbekistan did not have a center for public health officials to tackle public health emergencies for intra-country and regional events. IGH has trained EOC staff who will coordinate activities from the national level and work within regions to build capacity for local level responses.
The long term impact in Uzbekistan will be the development of the capacity to become a hub for the Central Asian region to collaborate with neighboring countries in cross-exchange of strategy through electronic surveillance databases, provide mechanisms for international peer-to-peer mentorship, and create rosters of available international response teams to deploy between countries during outbreaks to provide expertise and support.
EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER
TIMELINE- 2022 ACTIVITIES
IGH conducted an outbreak investigation and basic Recognition and Initial Management of Illness Clusters (RIMIC) training. They brought subject matter expert, Dr. Ziad Kazzi, for Toxicology training.
IGH implemented a week-long pheoc training simulation on national action plan and standard operating procedure development. This included an intensive simulation of a Public Health Event of International Concern (PHEIC).
IGH implemented a final roundtable event for members from the PHEOC, National SSEW, and other key stakeholders like WHO and USAID. The roundtable highlighted key successes of the PHEOC program, along with recommendations to further develop in-country capacity. IGH was proud to be a part of the PHEOC development in Uzbekistan.
TIMELINE- 2021 ACTIVITIES
The construction team worked to transform the space into a functional environment for the staff in-country to respond rapidly during a small or large national response.
IGH celebrated the opening ceremony of the Uzbekistan’s first EOC. Members from CDC regional and Uzbekistan offices, officials from the SSEW, and the ambassador of the United States to Uzbekistan celebrated this accomplishment to build epidemiological capacity.
IGH’s in-country program coordinator, Malika Khodjaeva, provided logistical support to upgrade the eoc space with new technology to enhance communication and surveillance mechanisms.
IGH staff traveled to the region of Bukhara to conduct the second in-person training. The participants learned key concepts regarding emergency preparedness like disaster management and disease prioritization.