Training Scope
European Union project trains the trainers in Central Asia on biosafety and biosecurity

As a successful outcome of the “Biosafety & Biosecurity in Central Asian Countries – Train the Trainer” Course, financed by the European Union´s CBRN Centers of Excellence Project 53, professors in several Kazakhstan Universities are providing their students with advanced biosafety and biosecurity courses. This Train the Trainers activity was carried out by a renowned European team of experts composed of Prof. Christopher H. Logue and Dr. Suzanna Lewis of PHE and Dr. Ingmar Janse of RIVM.

The training is offered with the support of Project 53, an European Union action implemented by the International Science and Technology Center. This project is part of a wider action that includes Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) risk mitigation actions around the world, denominated EU CBRN Risk Mitigation Centers of Excellence.

The inclusion of Biosafety Biosecurity advanced training in the curriculum of the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, and the Asfendiyarov Kazakh National Medical University is another successful result of the activities of Project 53.

Professor Aliya TABAYEVA, of the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, reports that the “Biosafety and Biosecurity in Central Asian Countries: Train the Trainers Course” provided by Project 53 has allowed her to  develop advanced courses for 2nd year medical students specializing in “Preventive Medicine”. This course includes training on international principles of biosafety, legislation in the field of biosafety, the use of biosafety equipment in laboratories, the rules for the transport of infectious agents, and  methodologies for risk assessment. In addition, she is developing an online course for professional education on “Biosafety and Biosecurity”, aimed at medical and biological health workers. Graduates of the online course, will receive a certificate from the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University.