“Biosafety and Biosecurity” training provided to Mongolian Experts under the European Union CBRN Centers of Excellence Initiative Project 53

Monday May 14th, 2018

  The Mongolian Government’s National Biosafety Committee (NBC) organized two training-workshops on "Biosafety and Biosecurity" for policy experts and decision makers, as part of the European Union funded Project 53 (P53) of the EU CBRN Centers of Excellence Initiative, whose implementation is led by the International Science and Technology Centre (ISTC). Further training workshops for decision-makers and laboratory professionals are planned by the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) of Project 53 in Mongolia in close cooperation with the NBC. The P53 PIU in cooperation with the NBC organized the training-workshop on "Biosafety and Biosecurity" for government and non-governmental organizations 23 April, 2018. Twenty experts from nine organizations including lawyers from the Ministry of Nature, Environment and Tourism, members of the Mongolian Lawyers Community, staff of the Fair Competition and Consumer Protection agency and members of several NGOs were trained and certified. On 27 April, 2018 another training workshop on "Biosafety and biosecurity" for decision makers of the ministries and government agencies was organized. During this second training workshop, thirty two decision makers and experts, from 16 ministries and agencies, were trained and certified, including the Mongolian Government’s Environment, Food and Agricultural Standing Committee, National Security Council, Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Food,…
The European Union Centres of Excellence Project 53 trains 62 medical doctors of the Jambyl region, Kazakhstan

Monday May 14th, 2018

  The CBRN Centres of Excellence Risk Mitigation Project 53, funded by the European Union and implemented by the International Science and Technology Centre (ISTC), in coordination with the National Center of Biotechnology, carried out a training workshop on biosafety risk management at the Regional Blood Center Building, in Taraz city on April 26 and 29, 2018. During the workshop 62 doctors from Taraz City and other districts of the Jambyl region were trained in advanced biosafety techniques, such as: proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE), and secure and safe sample collection. All participants received certificates from the EU CBRN Centers of Excellence Initiative. The training was supervised by Prof. Andrey Dmitrovskiy, from the Asfendiyarov Kazakh National Medical University, and Prof. Gulmira Utepbergenova from the International Kazakh - Turkish University, Shymkent, who also developed the training program in cooperation with the EU Team of Experts of Project 53.
Mongolian CAC (Codex Alimentarius Commission) and IHR (International Health Regulations) working groups experts started legislative assessments under the framework of the Project 53

Wednesday April 25th, 2018

  CAC working group experts in Mongolia has started legislative assessment of local legislation in comparison to the Codex Alimentarius under the work package 1 of the Project 53. An introductory meeting was organized on 13th of April by the Mongolian Project 53 Implementation Unit (PIU) to brief experts about this activity. The meeting was attended and supervised by Mr. Batsuuri, Head of the Mongolian CAC working group. Prior this meeting, PIU also organized a series of activities related to the implementation of the legislative assessment in respect to the IHR under the Project 53. One of the activities undertaken by the PIU was an organization of a meeting, which took place at the Ministry of Health of Mongolia on 30th of March. The outcome of the meeting was establishment of the IHR working group for Project 53 of 7 Mongolian experts. This group is supervised by Ms Baymbatogtokh, Head of the Mongolian IHR working group. The National Team of Experts of Mongolian in cooperation with the EU Team of Experts will complete both the Codex and IHR assessment surveys for Mongolia before the end of 2018.              
European Union project trains the trainers in Central Asia on biosafety and biosecurity

Tuesday April 3rd, 2018

              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…
Project 53 was presented at the Open day event of The Ministry of Environment and Tourism Of Mongolia

Thursday March 29th, 2018

The Project 53 was presented at the Open Day event organized by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) of Mongolia during 14-21 March 2018. The event was organized to promote the implementation of the Government Action Program and to advertise the policy and activities of the Minister of Environment and Tourism and to register citizen’s initiatives and complaints for future improvement in this field. This open event lasted for seven days throughout the country, and MET departments, associated organizations, international projects and programs have been involved in providing information on their area and submitted recommendations on how to improve the MET’s future plan. The P53 project participated at the event and advertised biosafety and biosecurity within the project’s framework.  
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…