- UNDP in Bosnia and Herzegovina managed US$8.6 million of donor funding (EU, Norway, Switzerland) and $6 million in government cost-sharing for health procurement. Businesses involved in a UNDP economic growth project received additional equipment to accelerate the production of protective equipment.
UNDP is also helping authorities in their effective management of medical waste during and after the COVD-19 outbreak. Partnering with health institutions, waste utility companies and households in affected communities, UNDP aims to introduce a sustainable and secure medical waste management approach, as well as advance capabilities of stakeholders in the medical waste management system to better respond to the rising amounts of hazardous medical waste during crises.
- Cyprus used its EU-funded projects, with their approval, to procure vital medical supplies and mobilize private sector health practitioners in support to the COVID response in the Turkish Cypriot community.
- A new UNDP initiative provides home care support and other services to 4,000 vulnerable people at high risk of contracting COVID-19 in Georgia’s capital and other regions – older people living on their own, persons with chronic diseases and special needs, and people who need some additional support in self-isolation.
- In Kazakhstan, UNDP is supporting the government in safe collection and disposal of the infected medical waste by introducing environmentally friendly, non-incineration waste management technologies in the hospitals dealing with the COVID cases. To create a model for the proper management of infected medical waste, UNDP and ADB will develop appropriate standards and algorithms for the collection, sorting and transportation of medical waste, as well as training health workers on proper disposal.
- Through its Global Fund project, UNDP in Kyrgyzstan is working to ensure that people living with HIV and TB and those who inject drugs – who are more vulnerable to the Coronavirus – are protected and able to continue their regular treatments amidst a challenging health service environment.
- UNDP in Montenegro, with EU support, provided modern X-ray equipment to hospitals in the country, enabling more precise and faster radiographic diagnostics in hospitals. The equipment will prepare facilities in case of a possible second wave of the epidemic, and ensure long-term improvement of hospital capacities in Montenegro.
In cooperation with the Blood Transfusion Institute of Montenegro, UNDP and the ‘AB+’ team of innovators - whose solution won at CoronaThon.me - are developing a platform linking blood donors with the national transfusion system, providing easily accessible data and exchange of information on which blood type is in demand, where the donors can provide it as well as emergency alert to potential donors, thus bridging the gap and tackling the shortage of certain blood types.
- UNDP Serbia, in close cooperation with EU and China and upon the Government’s request, organized 15 cargo aircrafts with 720 tons of urgently needed medical and protective supplies.
In order to increase the resilience and capacities of the national public health system to respond to similar challenges in the future, and also stimulate local business development, innovation and entrepreneurship, Serbia awarded grants to enable the local production of necessary medical equipment (PPE, tests, ventilators, disinfectants, etc.) and disposal and treatment of medical waste.
- UNDP in Tajikistan is focusing on effective emergency coordination within the healthcare system through a digital platform that links central and regional levels through data collection, data analysis and management.
- In Uzbekistan, upon government request, UNDP will introduce an anti-corruption management system in the Ministry of Health and the overall health care system (for compliance around core business processes, including procurement, storing and distribution of medical supplies, disaster and emergency preparedness).