A minority of about 130,000 ethnic Germans lives in the western Siberian region of Omsk with a local majority in the Asowo district. This rural area has been designated the "German National District" in 1992. Initially, infrastructure in many sectors was poor, including health. With the assistance from German public and private institutions the situation constantly improved. At the end of 1995 a mission of two experts assessed the needs in the health sector at local and regional level. The team elaborated jointly with local authorities and health sector specialists a proposal for an appropriate scheme of short and mid term interventions. In 1996, the concept was implemented with continuous support from EPOS Health Consultants.
The project aimed at improving local public health care facilities in areas with a German minority in Western Siberia. Activities included: - Procurement of urgently needed inputs, partly imported and partly locally purchased
- Planning, supervision of building and equipping a maternity ward in Asovo as extension of the "rayon" hospital
- Specifying, procuring and distributing standardised kits of essential drugs and basic equipment for primary health care
- Supporting the "oblast" tuberculosis centre with anti-TB drugs according to DOTS
- Assistance with nursing care for the aged.