Within the Centres of Excellence Project 53 a prime activity is the provision of specialized training on biosafety and biosecurity in central Asian countries. Dedicated Train the Trainer modules were given to 14 carefully selected experts from Kyrgyzstan between 13-17 of November at the Kyrgyz Republic Center for Quarantine of Highly Dangerous Pathogens in Bishkek. The trainings were conducted by prof. Christopher H. Logue and mrs. Amber Lansley from Public Health England (United Kingdom) and dr. Mark van Passel from the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (the Netherlands).
The Kyrgyz experts participated in training sessions on a range of biosafety and biosecurity modules, including working with high-containment equipment, examining the routes of infection, disinfection and waste management, laboratory management, experimental work flow, risk assessment and spill control. Furthermore, the participating experts were equipped with a specific ‘train-the-trainer’ module on teaching these biosafety and biosecurity modules themselves to their colleagues throughout Kyrgyzstan, and each participant received a biosafety toolkit, developed by the Novel and Dangerous Pathogens training group at Public Health England. This toolkit contains all of the consumables and a USB stick containing all of the training material (course presentations, lesson plans, workbooks, assessments, evaluation forms, videos, photos and other biosafety reference material) in an editable format. In the next six months, the Kyrgyz experts will deliver (parts of) these trainings themselves at their own institutes as part of the evidence based assessment, in addition to amplifying the effect of the biosafety and biosecurity trainings.
The trainers would like to thank dr. Nurbolot and dr. Abdikarimov from the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic for their help in facilitating the training location in Kyrgyzstan.
These training courses have been made possible through funding by
the European Union DG DEVCO.