Under the EU funded Project 53, 12 Mongolian experts attended training on biosafety and biosecurity at the Republic Center for Quarantine of Highly Dangerous Pathogens in Bishkek. The training course was delivered by Project 53 key expert Prof. Christopher H. Logue supported by fellow experts from Public Health England (United Kingdom) and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM the Netherlands).
The training modules focused on safe and secure working with dangerous pathogens. This included working with high-containment equipment, examining routes of infection, effectiveness of disinfection and waste management, laboratory management, experimental work flow, risk assessment and spill control.
A biosecurity session utilized case studies, scenarios and a self-scan-toolkit for assessing the biosecurity situation in the delegates own institutions. Furthermore, the participating experts were equipped with a specific ‘train-the-trainer’ module on teaching biosafety and biosecurity to their colleagues throughout Mongolia.
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 12 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 Mongolia.
The trainers would like to thank Drs. Abdikarimov and Usenbayev from the Center for Quarantine and Especially Dangerous Infections, 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.