Deputy Administrator Coleman meets with World Health Organization Regional Director for Europe, Dr. Hans Kluge | Reading out loud

The following is attributable to Acting Spokesperson Shejal Pulivarti:‎

Today, USAID Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman met with Dr. Hans Kluge, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Europe. They discussed the coordinated U.S. and WHO response to support Ukraine and the country’s health system recovery, and said USAID would provide additional funding of $1.8 million to WHO to strengthen surveillance and reporting of infectious diseases in Ukraine. Thanks to this additional support, USAID has now provided the WHO with $15.5 million for essential health support since the start of Russia’s new invasion of Ukraine.

The Deputy Administrator welcomed the rapid increase in WHO’s humanitarian health response in Ukraine, both through WHO’s support to the Ukrainian health cluster and through its work to meet immediate health needs. terms of essential health care services, medicines and supplies. Ukraine’s designated health cluster, currently the largest in the world, serves to better coordinate, bridge gaps and minimize duplication of effort between donors and humanitarian organizations providing health assistance in Ukraine. Deputy Administrator Coleman relayed USAID’s support for the First Lady of Ukraine’s Mental Health Initiative and its interest in working with WHO to address the growing mental health burden in Ukraine caused by the continuation of Russia’s unprovoked war.

The pair also discussed the monkeypox outbreak, including the WHO’s recent declaration that monkeypox is a public health emergency of international concern, and exchanged updates on the eradication of HIV. /AIDS and poliomyelitis.

Mary I. Bruner