EMPHNET commenced a five-day workshop in collaboration with the Biosafety Engagement Program (BEP) in Amman, Jordan on September 25, 2016.
Titled “Resources and Application of Laboratory Biosafety and Biosecurity in Afghanistan Health System”, the workshop was designed for professionals working in human and animal health laboratories from Kabul and other major provinces in Afghanistan. Its sessions covered critical aspects of biosafety, biosecurity, and biocontainment. Seventeen participants from the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), and the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) in Afghanistan attended the workshop.
The workshop sessions provided participants with the tools necessary for strengthening institutional biosafety and biosecurity program according to recognized international standards. It brought about the development of a network platform for biosafety professionals in Afghanistan, thus assisting them in making essential improvements in human and animal laboratories.
The sessions were facilitated by a team of experts including EMPHNET’s team and the Assistant Professor of the Veterinary Epidemiology Para-clinic Department from the Faculty of Veterinary Science at Kabul University.
These topics have been in the forefront of public health professionals’ interests in recent years. International efforts to enhance awareness of biosafety and biosecurity practices have significantly increased, thereby resulting in a decreased risk of deadly pathogens or accidental release of a biological agent, and an increase in the safety of laboratory workers. This particular workshop feeds into this interest.