In Jordan, the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), supported by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) of the United States of America, is conducting a series of training and coordination workshops to support the establishment of a national laboratory network based on the One Health approach. These workshops aim to enhance collaboration and coordination among human health and animal health institutions in Jordan, focusing on promoting exchange of diagnostic capabilities to inform future collaboration in areas of surveillance, research, and response to infectious diseases and biothreats.
So far, three workshops have been conducted. The latest was hosted in Amman, Jordan between October 20 and 24, 2019. EMPHNET, the Jordan Ministry of Health (MoH), Ministry of Agriculture, the Royal Medical Services (RMS), the Royal Scientific Society, and the Cell Therapy Center of the University of Jordan participated in the workshop.
In their discussions, participants engaged in discussions on aspects of collaboration, focusing on exchanging knowledge on respective procedures and protocols as well as information sharing and transfer methods.
As part of the workshop, visits were organized to the RMS mobile laboratory and the Central Public Health Laboratory. A discussion took place on the laboratory capacities and possible mechanisms of collaboration with other national laboratories. In this regard, EMPHNET’s representative presented their role in sharing the data among partners and gave examples on how data sharing could be done through specific software and protocols.
One of the significant outcomes of the workshop was developing a pilot plan for collaboration among laboratories. Each institution involved in the network presented its contribution to the plan. The finalized version of the plan will be discussed in future workshops.