Pakistan is one of the seven partner countries benefiting from the European Union funded CBRN Centre of Excellence Project 53. The aim of the project is to strengthen the National Legal Frameworks and provide specialist training on Bio-safety and Bio-security. Both elements being fundamental to effective public health provision.
Between the 19th-23rd November 2018, the National Institute of Health (NIH) in Islamabad hosted Prof. Christopher H. Logue & Dr. Jane Shallcross from the Novel and Dangerous Pathogens Training group at Public Health England (PHE), Porton Down. They led a “Biosafety & Biosecurity: Train the Trainer Course”, supported by local biosafety and biosecurity experts from NIH. A team of 12 participants selected to represent all regions of Pakistan attended the course. The practical training programme consisted of a three-day biosafety and biosecurity input followed by a two day train the trainer (TTT) course. The participants are now able to apply the knowledge gained through this course by delivering training sessions in their own institutions. This will contribute to greater biosafety and biosecurity awareness throughout Pakistan.
Participants have six months to put their new skills and knowledge into practice, at which point they will be awarded the second part of their Biosafety & Biosecurity Trainer Certificate. A minimum of four participants will be invited to submit their respective training delivery outcomes and findings as conference posters or oral presentations at the BACAC Conference in March 2019. The conference will take place in Tashkent, Uzbekistan to an international audience of their peers, fellow P53 participants and leaders in the fields of biosafety and biosecurity.