Belgrade – On September 24, 2021, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the United Nations Development program (UNDP), marked the donation of equipment to the Public health Institute “Batut” in Belgrade and to 23 local and regional health institutions. Using Information and communications technology (ICT) equipment provided to the National Communication Center and local health institutions, Serbia’s contagious disease and other medical experts will be able to better coordinate their COVID response efforts.
The United States has already provided nearly $5 million in COVID assistance to Serbia, and this donation is just one part of our $1 million Together Against COVID partnership with UNDP.
“These efforts and all of our efforts to help Serbia fight COVID were undertaken in response to priorities identified by our Serbian counterparts. Soon, we will be providing additional support to help raise awareness of the importance of getting vaccinated, because widespread vaccinations are the only way we can get back to normal,” said U.S. Ambassador Anthony Godfrey.
The donated equipment, with a value of $70,000, is operational as of today. USAID also funded the renovation of the office space that houses the National Communication Center. Each of the 23 institutes that constitute the Public Health Network of Serbia (located in Subotica, Zrenjanin, Kikinda, Pančevo, Sombor, Novi Sad, Sremska Mitrovica, Belgrade, Šabac, Valjevo, Požarevac, Kragujevac, Ćuprija, Zaječar, Užice, Čačak, Kraljevo, Kruševac, Niš, Pirot, Leskovac, Vranje and Novi Pazar) were also equipped with new ICT equipment to facilitate real-time crisis communications.