In collaboration with the Jordan Ministries of Health and Agriculture (MoH) and (MoA), EMPHNET is implementing a project under the title Improving Diagnosis and Safe Handling of Anthrax in Jordan.
Implemented under the One Health Approach and to meet Global Health Security, the project aims to strengthen participants diagnostic capabilities for Anthrax, as Anthrax could threaten humans and animals and -could be used as bioweapons. In this regard, the project also aims to increase biosecurity and biosafety awareness for Jordanian surveillance and laboratory staff.
EMPHNET hosted the first meeting for the project’s steering committee in Amman, Jordan, on October 15, 2018. Members of the committee included representatives of the MoH, the MoA, and subject matter experts from the Veterinary School at the Jordan University for Science and Technology.
The members discussed the epidemiology of Anthrax in human and animal populations, the burden of Anthrax disease and current laboratory diagnostic capacities, in addition to the surveillance investigation forms currently used. Furthermore, they discussed the results of the laboratory assessment conducted by for Central public health and central vet laboratories to evaluate biosafety and biosecurity in addition to Anthrax diagnostic capacities.
Members expressed their prompt commitment to the plan and they agreed to coordinate efforts regarding upcoming activities. One of these activities is to develop a training package to support MoH and MoA professionals in detection, diagnose, and response to Anthrax human and animal cases.