The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is implementing a project for the purchase and supply of medical equipment and supplies worth $2.8 million to hospitals and medical centers in Turkmenistan until March 2022, Freya von Groote, Director of the UNOPS Multi-Country Office in Austria, told in an interview for the editorial board of the Foreign Policy and Diplomacy of Turkmenistan journal.
Freya von Groote said the project will be implemented with a generous contribution from the Government of Japan, a global partner of UNOPS. In the coming weeks and months, UNOPS will work to strengthen Turkmenistan's health system and pandemic preparedness for the benefit of the country's population and healthcare workers, she added.
UNOPS will closely coordinate and work with the government of Turkmenistan and the World Health Organization (WHO) to procure and supply medical equipment and supplies to 15 hospitals and health centers. UNOPS will also train medical personnel and provide a warranty service for optimal service and sustainability.
In 2020, UNOPS completed over 1,000 projects in 80 countries around the world, totaling over $2.2 billion. The project entitled “Enhancing the Healthcare System through the Provision of Medical Equipment in Turkmenistan” will be the first practical step for UNOPS in Turkmenistan.