12 October 2018

The GHP and the German Eastern Business Association (Ost-Ausschuss – Osteuropaverein der Deutschen Wirtschaft OAOEV) jointly organised the 1st German – East European Healthcare Symposium at the Federation of German Industries e. V. (BDI) in Berlin on the 12th of October. It was an official side event of the World Health Summit.

At the Symposium, key decision makers from Germany and Central Asian countries discussed the following questions: how does Germany construct, supply, and sustain a service of healthcare high-tech in Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan or Kyrgyzstan? How can necessary education and training of technical personnel in local clinics be organised and financed? How do public or private partnerships function in these countries? What kind of support can the German development bank (KfW) and GIZ offer?

The government of Turkmenistan for example supports its population with mother-child programmes and care for chronic diseases patients. In the last few years, modern technologies by German companies were introduced in Turkmenistan, which allowed for medicinal facilities to be converted into high-tech health centres.

Uzbekistan aims  to become one of the world’s top 25 health care regions and the centre for medical tourism across central Asia. To achieve these goals, Uzbekistan will focus on modernisation of medical centres and regulations in pharmaceutical legislation. Building a health insurance system analogous to the German health insurance system is also part of their agenda.

Fresenius Medical Care carries out a PPP in cooperation with the health ministry of Kyrgyztan, including vocational education and training of medical personnel in Kyrgyzstan to build up dialysis centres in Bishkek as well as in the regions Osh and Jalal Abad.

German companies and healthcare providers have made a significant contribution to the highly modern medical infrastructure in Kazakhstan in the last decade. Kazakhstan is undertaking the digitalisation of its healthcare economy through IT-Projects regarding the network of difficult medical Technologies. Their Goal is to improve the efficiency and transparency in the healthcare sector. Siemens Healthineers provides advisory IT support for the Kazakh ministry of health.

German companies also rely on assistance from KfW, which provides support for mother-child care, combatting infectious diseases (like Tuberculosis and HIV), emergency care as well as strengthening healthcare systems in Central Asian countries. In Central Asia, KfW infrastructure programmes contribute to achieving universal health coverage which includes constructional medicine, telemedicine, and waste management.


The 2nd German – East Europe Healthcare Symposium will take place on the 25th of September 2019 in Berlin.