In collaboration with the Jordan Ministry of Health (MoH) and Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), EMPHNET is implementing a project titled Improving Diagnosis and Safe Handling of Anthrax in Jordan. Supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Biosecurity Engagement Program (BEP), the project aims to strengthen the diagnostic capabilities for Anthrax which could be a threat to humans and animals or could be used as a bioweapon.
Within this project, EMPHNET conducted a training workshop between December 16 and 17, 2018, for 21 participants, comprising clinicians and veterinarians. The participants represented the MoH and MoA in four provinces, namely Amman, Balqa, Irbid, and Madaba.
Taking place at EMPHNET’s headquarters, the training aimed to increase the participants’ knowledge of the disease and to train them on using investigation forms for both human and animal cases.
Facilitated by experts from the MoH, MoA, and EMPHNET, the training’s sessions covered topics related to the Anthrax disease in humans and animals, as well as other topics relevant to the epidemiology, surveillance, specimens handling, investigation forms, and molecular diagnosis of the disease. Furthermore, the project’s objectives, planned activities, as well as the roles and responsibilities of the Central Public Health and Central Veterinary Laboratories’ personnel were explained and discussed.
Designed to strengthen the One Health concept, the project also ensures increasing biosecurity and biosafety awareness among Jordanian laboratory staff. This objective will be achieved through performing laboratory assessments, providing specialized and general laboratory supplies, conducting biosafety/biosecurity training, and upgrading disease diagnostics tools for Anthrax.