The hand carrying of items was among multiple transportation strategies employed to expedite the dispatch of Monkeypox diagnostic kits from WHO’s Dubai Hub to the Eastern Mediterranean Region’s countriesThe hand carrying of items was among multiple transportation strategies employed to expedite the dispatch of monkeypox diagnostic kits from WHO’s Dubai Hub to countries of the RegionCairo, 6 July 2022 – In swift response to the global monkeypox outbreak – and true to its vision of “health for all by all: a call for solidarity and action” – the WHO’s Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean has successfully orchestrated the delivery of monkeypox reagents from its logistics hub in Dubai to 20 of the Region’s countries in 11 days.

“With the first signs of the monkeypox outbreak, and with no testing capacity for the disease in the Region, the Regional Office operated so rapidly as to make the Eastern Mediterranean the first WHO region to procure enough testing kits to prepare for the needs of the countries within its mandate,” said WHO Regional Director Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari.

The first batch was dispatched to establish testing capacity in 3 of the Region’s reference laboratories in Abu Dhabi, Oman and Morocco, to support other laboratories in the Region. A week later, approval

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