The European Union’s CBRN Centres of Excellence Project 53 (P53) has conducted three trainings on “Safety Management of Extremely Dangerous Infectious Diseases” in Kazakhstan. The three workshops were held in Kyzylorda, 19-23 November, Taldykorgan on 26-30 November and Almaty, on December 10-14 2018.
The workshops provided training to national experts on field biosafety, sampling, packaging and transportation of infectious samples and materials, usage of specialized laboratory and hospital equipment, risk assessment and use of protective equipment. The participants also received advanced training in the latest techniques for the safe collection of diagnostic samples of Anthrax, Plague, Brucellosis and Tick-borne Encephalitis.
The first training in Kyzylorda city was attended by 90 participants, from various institutions dealing with bio-safety and bio-security issues in the city and Kyzylorda region.
The second training took place in the Taldykorgan Infectious Hospital and was attended by 20 trainees, from hosting hospital and the Dostyk and Sagabuyen rural hospitals, Karasay, Tekeli, Eskeldy, Zhambyl, Shelek, Boralday, Sarkand, Kerbulak, Aksu, Alakol Central District Hospitals, Taldykorgan Policlinics № 1 and 2 and Kapchagay City Hospital.
The third and final training took place at the Almaty Infectious Hospital, and was attended by 20 health professionals from the Kazakh Science Center of Quarantine and Zoonotic Diseases, Kazakh Science Practical Center of Sanitary Epidemiological Expertise and Monitoring, Almaty and Kostanay Departments of Public Health, the National Center for Biotechnology, the Epidemiological Department of Karaganda Medical University, Karaganda Regional Infectious Hospital and Kazakh National Medical University.
All participants received official certificates from the EU CBRN Centres of Excellence Initiative.
The Project 53 was conceived and funded within the framework of the EU CBRN CoE (www.cbrn-coe.eu) Initiative, which currently covers 8 regions and 59 partner countries. The EU CBRN CoE Secretariat for Central Asia is based in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. It works in partnership with countries to encourage local ownership of CBRN action plans, policies and joint preparation of regional project proposals.
The ISTC, implementer of P53, has funded and managed several hundred projects in Central Asia over the past 20 years. Expertise to implement P53 is provided by a UK-led consortium of international legislative experts (SCJS, VERTIC), and bio-safety and bio-security training experts (PHE, RIVM).