During July 9-11, July 12-13, July 23-25, and July 26-27, 2018, the Tajikistan Virology Laboratory of the Research Institute of Preventive Medicine successfully conducted four training seminars titled “Principles, practice and interpretation of PCR method in diagnostics of especially dangerous pathogens” and “Principles, practice and interpretation of ELISA method in diagnostics of especially dangerous pathogens”. The trainings were provided in the framework of EU CBRN COE Project 53. In total 22 experts were trained by local trainers that were trained earlier (June 2018) by the EU Team of Experts
The training seminars included one day of theoretical sessions and four days (two days of ELISA training and two days of PCR training) of practical sessions in the laboratory, based on development of practical skills in laboratory diagnostics (safe work algorithms).
Participants of practical training course were divided into two groups. Each group was trained in ELISA laboratory and in PCR laboratory. Practical sessions were conducted using the interactive learning elements. At the same time, the emphasis was done, primarily, on linking the new material with the existing knowledge and experience. After theoretical part, participants developed their practical skills during two days of laboratory diagnosis using the ELISA method. Before starting the tests conduction, the participants were demonstrated a laboratory with proper organization of the workplace and with the correct arrangement of objects in accordance with procedures’ sequence. Also participants were shown the proper use of personal protective equipment.
Project 53 was conceived and funded within the framework of the EU CBRN CoE (www.cbrn-coe.eu) initiative. Project 53 is implemented by the International Science and Technology Center.