The South Kazakhstan Medical Academy Republican Scientific Journal “ Vestnik” recently published the abstract titled "Experience of BS&S experts´ training in the framework of the Project 53", authored by Prof. Andrey Dmitrovskiy (Kazakh National Medical University & National Centre for Biotechnology, Almaty branch), Prof. Seidigapbar Mamadaliyev (National Centre for Biotechnology, Almaty branch), Prof. Farida Iskakova, (Kazakh National Medical University), Prof. Lyazzat Yeraliyeva (Kazakh National Medical University), Prof. Ravilya Yegemberdiyeva, (Kazakh National Medical University), Prof. Utepbergenova, Prof. Kamytbekova, Dr Elena Pak (Company "Almaz Medical Group").
The abstract describes the activities carried successfully under Project 53 in the field of biosafety and biosecurity (BS&S) in Kazakhstan and Central Asia. Project 53 is funded by the European Union's CBRN Centres of Excellence Initiative, and is implemented in Central Asia by the International Science and Technology Centre (ISTC). The abstract was first presented and published during the International Symposium Astana Biotech 2018, 12-13 of June 2018.
Kazakhstan joined Project 53 in 2017, the project carried out a training needs assessment of government agencies and laboratories, and subsequently two "train the trainers" courses were implemented, in which 14 Kazakh and 12 Uzbek scientists received training on biosafety and biosecurity that they could later pass on their respective institutions. As result of the provided training and other activities under P53, 6 BS&S training centres have been formed in Almaty, Astana, Karaganda, Semipalatinsk, Shymkent and Uralsk.
Currently, several biosafety and biosecurity working programs are under development in universities for their further inclusion in the compulsory curriculum of medical, veterinary and biological training of students of the next academic year. A total of 130 students have already received training at the Kazakh National Medical University, National Centre of Expertise, the Uralsk Anti Plague station and at the Shymkent Region Infectious Hospital.
Future activities to be conducted in the framework of Project 53 in 2018 include fifteen different workshops that address various BS&S issued, which will be carried out by Kazakh trainers and supported by EU Team of Experts and the ISTC.