CBRN COE Project 53: Biosafety and Biosecurity Train the Trainers Course takes place in Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Tuesday December 12th, 2017

                                          October 16th to 20th Dushanbe, Tajikistan   The third Project 53 “Biosafety & Biosecurity: Train the Trainer Course” has been delivered in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. This third of six, week-long training courses in Central Asia was the first of two to be hosted at the Regional Tajikistan and Afghanistan Biosafety Training Centre. Prof. Christopher H. Logue from Public Health England (PHE) led the training, supported by fellow Biosafety and Biosecurity experts from PHE and RIVM. The team were assisted by experts from a local biosafety training team. 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 emphasised that “the course has a two-part certification process; part 1 is for completion of these 37 hours of hands-on biosafety and biosecurity training. Part 2 of the certification process is equally important and will be granted once each participant has adapted this knowledge and training material to their own settings”. He continued “this will be evidenced through the delivery of course material to participants at their respective institutions…
CBRN COE Project 53: Biosafety and Biosecurity Train the Trainers Course for Delegates from Afghanistan takes place in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

Tuesday December 12th, 2017

  October 26th - 30th, 2017 Dushanbe, Tajikistan 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…
CBRN COE Project 53: Biosafety and Biosecurity Train the Trainers Course for Mongolian Experts takes place in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Tuesday December 5th, 2017

                        Mongolian trainees and facilitators pictured above with Project 53 experts from Public Health England and RIVM November 20th - 24th, 2017 Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan 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…
Project 53 Biosafety & Biosecurity training provided to students, Kazakh National Medical University, Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Tuesday December 5th, 2017

In accordance with the purposes and objectives of the EU funded CBRN CoE Project 53 and as a consequence and continuation of Train-the-Trainer workshop that was provided to Kazakh experts on 2 - 6 October 2017, newly trained trainers from the Kazakh National Medical University, Prof. Andrey Dmitrovskiy, Prof. Ravilya Yegemberdiyeva and Prof. Lyazzat Yeraliyeva conducted Biosafety&security trainings for 3 groups of 5th year students of the specialty General medicine (19 students) within course on infectious diseases. Students attended classroom presentations on clinical Biosafety, Biosafety for work with infectious patients and patients with extremely dangerous infectious diseases, and sample collection. They also received practical training on the use of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), spill accident contingency and disposal of biological waste. Students were pre- and post-training tested to establish the effectiveness of their understanding of Biosafety & security issues. As part of the training program a discussion was conducted on the importance of Biosafety in different fields of medicine. The implementation of this training course confirmed the need for a Biosafety & security course and addition of Biosafety & security elements in the related course work inclusion in the formal educational program of students. As result, the Kazakh National Medical…
Second “Biosafety & Biosecurity: Train the Trainer Course” for Uzbekistan

Friday November 24th, 2017

Newly trained Biosafety & Biosecurity trainers will deliver Biosafety & Biosecurity training in Uzbekistan  over the coming six months. The Second “Biosafety & Biosecurity: Train the Trainer Course” was successfully delivered by PHE and RIVM under project 53. Twelve trainees were selected to participate from a range of Institutes within Uzbekistan. This training course followed on from the previous week of training of Kazakh trainees, the training was again hosted at the Asfendiyarov Kazakh National Medical University (KazNMU). Dr Suzanna Lewis from Public Health England lead the training, supported by PHE Biosafety expert Thomas Pottage. Together with Dr Ingmar Janse; a Biosecurity expert from the RIVM in the Netherlands, the team of three supported by two local trainers delivered an interactive hands-on practical three day Biosafety and Biosecurity course, followed by two days of intensive Train the trainer training. The twelve participants had various experiences in biosafety and training and were selected from a range of Institutions in Uzbekistan working with potentially biohazardous material. including human health, animal health and border control. The objective of the hands-on training programme was to provide the participants with the capacity to deliver a three day biosafety and biosecurity training and included course material…
Biosafety and Biosecurity training Kyrgyzstan November 13-17, 2017

Friday November 24th, 2017

Within the Centres of Excellence Project 53 a prime activity is the provision of specialized training on biosafety and biosecurity in central Asian countries. Dedicated Train the Trainer modules were given to 14 carefully selected experts from Kyrgyzstan between 13-17 of November at the Kyrgyz Republic Center for Quarantine of Highly Dangerous Pathogens in Bishkek. The trainings were conducted by prof. Christopher H. Logue and mrs. Amber Lansley from Public Health England (United Kingdom) and dr. Mark van Passel from the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (the Netherlands). The Kyrgyz experts participated in training sessions on a range of biosafety and biosecurity modules, including working with high-containment equipment, examining the routes of infection, disinfection and waste management, laboratory management, experimental work flow, risk assessment and spill control. Furthermore, the participating experts were equipped with a specific ‘train-the-trainer’ module on teaching these biosafety and biosecurity modules themselves to their colleagues throughout Kyrgyzstan, and each participant received a biosafety toolkit, developed by the Novel and Dangerous Pathogens training group at Public Health England. This toolkit contains all of the consumables and a USB stick containing all of the training material (course presentations, lesson plans, workbooks, assessments, evaluation forms, videos,…
First Project 53 Biosafety & Biosecurity: Train the Trainer Course delivered in Kazakhstan.

Wednesday November 1st, 2017

Twelve newly trained and talented Biosafety & Biosecurity trainers will deliver the course in their respective institutes over the coming six months. The first Project 53 “Biosafety & Biosecurity: Train the Trainer Course” has been completed in Almaty, Kazakhstan. This first of six, week-long training courses in Central Asia ran from October 2nd to 6th and was hosted at the Asfendiyarov Kazakh National Medical University (KazNMU).       Prof Christopher H Logue from Public Health England (P53 Biosafety Key Expert) lead the training, supported by fellow Novel and Dangerous Pathogens trainer Dr Suzanna Hawkey. Together with a Biosecurity expert from the RIVM in the Netherlands; Dr Ingmar Jense, the team of three supported by two local trainers delivered an interactive hands-on practical three day Biosafety and Biosecurity course, followed by two days of intensive Train the trainer training. The training, facilitated by Professors Andrey Dimitrovski and Lyazzat Eraliyeva of KazNMU involved twelve participants with various experiences in biosafety and training. The trainees were selected from a range of Kazakh Institutions working with potentially biohazardous material including,  KazNMU, the Kazakh National Agricultural University, the Kazakh Scientific Centre of Quarantine and Zoonotic Diseases, Institute of Microbiology and Virology & National Centre…
Progress achieved under Work package 1 – Emergency Planning Scope

Wednesday November 1st, 2017

Project 53 activities have also turned to preparedness, response and mitigation of biological emergencies. Consortium member VERTIC is preparing a report on possible regional emergency intervention schemes for biological events, focusing on the key operating principles and practices of the Common Alert Protocol (CAP) and Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC). CAP is an international communication standards for public warning, designed to work for a broad range of hazards and to connect to different media, from radios and locally installed sirens to cellular phones and internet communications. Standards and best practices for Civil-Military Cooperation and Coordination are crucial to facilitate the work of military forces in operations other than war (such as disaster relief), while safeguarding humanitarian principles. Several international and regional organisations, including NATO and the UN, have produced guidance on CIMIC. VERTIC's report aims to identify areas of strength and expertise as well as common challenges among countries in Central Asia, and will highlight possible approaches for regional cooperation in the area.  VERTIC has concluded a series of initial reports on each project country's practices and institutional framework surrounding emergency readiness and response. The initial reports are confidential, and VERTIC will use them as a basis to build in-depth engagement on…
WP5 Train the Trainer Training

Wednesday September 13th, 2017

An exciting training programme developed by the Novel and Dangerous Pathogens Training team from Public Health England in the UK, supported by the EU CBRN Centres of Excellence project 53 “ ‘Strengthening the National Legal Framework and Provision of Specialized Training on Bio-Safety and Bio-Security in Central Asian Countries’” will take place this Autumn. This will see the implementation of this biosafety and biosecurity training phase of project 53 with aims of engaging an expanding networks of trainers in p53 countries and offering the opportunities to harmonise biosafety and biosecurity on a regional level in Central Asia. Between October 1st and November 24th, six training teams from Public Health England, supported by 3 teams of RIVM trainers from the Netherlands, will provide hands-on Train the Trainer (TtT) courses in Biosafety and Biosecurity to teams of National trainers from the P53 participating Countries. The objective is to provide and implement a sustainable training system for Biosafety and Biosecurity practitioners on a national and regional level. Twelve trainers from each p53 participating country (Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan) have been selected from a wide spectrum of institutions to attend the intensive week-long Biosafety and Biosecurity TtT training. This training aims…
Work Package 1 – Developed IHR and Codex Alimentarius Legislative Assessment Tools under review by NTEs

Monday August 14th, 2017

Work Package 1 – in the project “Strengthening the National Legal Framework and Provision of Specialized Training on Bio-Safety and Bio-Security in Central Asian Countries (CBRN Centres of Excellence Project 53)” – focuses on assessment and revision of national legislations and best practices in the area of biosafety and biosecurity, and, harmonization with the appropriate international regulations such as International Health Regulations (IHR), Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) and Codex Alimentarius including the area of regional emergency response with the aim of coming to a “One Health” system.   As part of Work Package 1, VERTIC’s Key Expert, Mr Scott Spence, and non- Key Expert, Dr Sonia Drobysz, have been responsible for developing legislation survey and matrix templates to assess how the project countries are implementing the international requirements of the IHR and Codex Alimentarius into their national legislation. The IHR legislation survey template, with 181 data points, has been undergoing peer review including by the project countries after translation into Dari, Mongolian and Russian.  Once their feedback is received by the end of August and incorporated into the survey template, VERTIC and the project countries will commence analyses in late 2017 and into 2018 of how the IHR…