The Republic of Korea and WHO signal new Memorandum of Understanding, committing US$ 6 million in COVID-19 PCR check kits for 24 nations within the African area

On 14 August Korean Ambassador, Ms Ji-ah Paik and WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus signed a brand new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with WHO in help of the Organization’s COVID-19 response efforts within the African area. The new MoU follows a current name between Dr Tedros and Mr Moon Jae-in, President of the Republic of Korea, throughout which WHO Director-General expressed the necessity for extra help to scale up the COVID-19 response within the African area. The MoU units out an in-kind contribution of US$ 6 million in polymerase chain response (PCR)  assessments / extraction kits to be delivered to 24 nations in Africa within the coming months.  PCR has confirmed to be a critically vital laboratory instrument, offering outcomes which are dependable and constant.

“WHO is deeply grateful for this support, which is helping to increase the testing capacity in Africa,” mentioned Dr Tedros. “This tremendous show of support is also strengthening the relationship between WHO and the Republic of Korea. The Republic of Korea is an important partner in global health.”

The help of the Republic of Korea follows the profitable administration of COVID-19 within the nation and is now offering help to different nations. The Republic of Korea has a robust background in preventing infectious illnesses, together w ith the MERS CoV outbreak in 2015 and the current outbreak of COVID-19. Leveraging this expertise and demonstrating management, it has lately launched the Global Support Group for Infectious Disease Response (G4IDR) in Geneva.


Global well being safety and emergency response operations have lengthy been a precedence for the Republic of Korea. Dr JW Lee, WHO Director-General from 2003 to 2006, understood the crucial want for worldwide cooperation throughout public well being emergencies, for belief, transparency and knowledge sharing amongst all stakeholders within the international neighborhood. The first emergency operations centre, the Strategic Health Operations Centre (SHOC), was established due to the imaginative and prescient of Dr Lee. Today the SHOC is the hub of the Emergency Public Health Operations Centres Network, with greater than 140 member establishments in over 80 nations all over the world.

The Republic of Korea continues to show its dedication to international well being, international well being safety and humanitarian response by supporting WHO emergency response programmes and funding mechanisms such because the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network, the Emergency Medical Teams Initiative, the Contingency Fund for Emergencies, in addition to their very own revolutionary financing mechanism, the Global Disease Eradication Fund.

“I thank the Republic of Korea, for leading a comprehensive approach to COVID-19 response and control,” mentioned Dr Tedros. “We are very grateful for this in-kind contribution to support COVID-19 response efforts in the African region, and we look forward to our continued partnership together towards achieving better health for all people, everywhere.”