In collaboration GHD/EMPHNET, the Iraq Ministry of Health (MoH) and Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) conducted an assessment of the biosafety and biosecurity capacities of public and animal health laboratories in main Iraqi provinces in addition to the Central Public Health Laboratory (CPHL) and the Central Veterinary Laboratory in Baghdad. The assessment focused on identifying training needs and opportunities for enhanced collaborations between human and animal health sectors.
This assessment started on April 14, 2018 this year and concluded on April 19. It evaluated and mapped the biosafety and biosecurity capacities in laboratories within selected Iraqi governorates. A team of assessors were trained on the use of the assessment tool, questions were entered and analyzed by Epi Info.
The Iraq Biorisk Management Steering Committee, which comprises members from GHD/EMPHNET, the MoH, and the MoA, met in Baghdad on July 23, 2018. With representatives from human and veterinary laboratories in Iraq in attendance, they presented and disseminated the results of this assessment during this meeting.
Discussions focused on training needs for human and animal health laboratory professionals from the governorates of Babel, Baghdad, Diyala, Karbala, Kirkuk, Najaf, Salahuddin, and Wasit, as revealed by the assessment. The possibility of conducting a needs-based training for these professionals in the upcoming months was also discussed.