Training Scope
Afghanistan National Public Health Institute conducts three Bio-safety and Bio-security training workshops in Kabul, Afghanistan in February – March 2019 as part of European Union CBRN Centres of Excellence Project 53

Under Project 53 (P53) of the European Union Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative (or EU CBRN CoE) the Afghanistan National Public Health Institute (ANPHI) of Ministry of Public Health has organized a series of a Laboratory training-workshops on "Bio-safety and Bio-security” at the Central Public Health Laboratory (CPHL) and Afghanistan National Public Health Institute (ANPHI) training centre on February 16-20, February 23-27 and March 2-6 2019 with the title "'Training of technical, scientific and other professionals involved in bio-security and bio-safety".

One hundred Afghan professionals from various specialties (technical, managerial levels, supervisor, surveillance and biosafety) attended these important theoretical and practical trainings and received a certificaticate at the end of the training. Participants came from the Central Public Health Laboratory, as well as, from the Regional Reference Labs (RRL) of Kandahar, Balkh, Herat, Nangarhar; Paktya regional hospital lab, and other provincial level laboratories.

The training-workshop was inaugurated by Director General Curative Medicine, Dr Mohibullah Zeer and Director Diagnostic Services from Ministry of Public Health,  Dr Ashek Khan Sadaty. The CPHL Director, Dr Nasir Ahmad Stanikzai also delivered remarks after speech delivered by DG curative medicine.

The training started with a pre-training test, which helped the trainers to adapt the training methodology to the level of knowledge of the participants. The program consisted of theoretical and practical bio-safety and bio-security exercises and specific training in the following topics: personnel protection equipment (PPE), rout of infection, selection of PPE, biohazard levels, bioethics, bioterrorism, CBRN risk mitigation, basics of risk assessment, risk characterization, risk evaluation and good lab practices (GLP) including proper waste disposal.

This training was organized with the support of P53 Implementation Unit (PIU) in Afghanistan and National Team of Experts and successfully achieved the goals and objectives as it was focused on trainees’ participatory approach.

The Project 53 was conceived and funded within the framework of the EU CBRN CoE (www.cbrn-coe.eu) Initiative, which currently covers 8 regions and 61 partner countries. The EU CBRN CoE Secretariat for Central Asia is based in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. It works in partnership with countries to encourage local ownership of CBRN action plans, policies and joint preparation of regional project proposals.

The ISTC, implementer of P53, has funded and managed several hundred projects in Central Asia over the past 20 years. Expertise to implement P53 is provided by a UK-led consortium of international legislative experts (SCJS, VERTIC), and bio-safety and bio-security training experts (PHE, RIVM).