The fourth Project 53 “Biosafety & Biosecurity: Train the Trainer Course”, hosted at the Regional Tajikistan and Afghanistan Biosafety Training Centre, has been completed in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
Prof. Christopher H. Logue from Public Health England (PHE) led the training, supported by fellow Biosafety and Biosecurity experts from RIVM in the Netherlands. The team were assisted by local biosafety trainers.
The Afghan trainees, pictured above with Project 53 experts and the Head of Operations of the Delegation of the European Union to Tajikistan, represented a range of Institutions in Afghanistan working with potentially biohazardous material including, the Afghanistan National Public Health Institute (Ministry of Public Health), the Afghanistan Atomic Energy High Commission, the Central Public Health Laboratory, Central Veterinary Diagnostic and Research Laboratory, and the Health Promotion and Diagnostic Services departments of the Ministry of Public Health.
The hands-on training programme consisted of a three-day biosafety and biosecurity input and a subsequent two day train the trainer (TTT) course. Prof Logue said “the knowledge of the participants was at a high level, which allowed considerable interaction between trainees and trainers from the outset. The participant interest in further tailoring the material to real-life biosafety situations in Afghanistan was clear to see”.
Each participant received a biosafety toolkit, funded by Project 53 after being specially developed by the Novel and Dangerous Pathogens training group at Public Health England. The delegates will now apply the knowledge gained through this course and will deliver training sessions at their own institutions, in order to contribute to greater biosafety and biosecurity throughout Afghanistan.