WHO training courses for laboratory specialists in Kyrgyzstan

WHO

On 1–4 December 2015, the WHO Country Office in Kyrgyzstan together with WHO/Europe conducted the Biorisk Management Advanced Training Programme (BRM ATP) and Infectious Substances Shippers Training (ISST) for 28 specialists from 21 institutions from 7 regions of Kyrgyzstan. The courses took place in Bishkek as part of the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework Partnership Contribution Implementation Plan 2013–2016 in the area of laboratory and surveillance.

BRM ATP is an advanced course that introduces the concept of biorisk management, which combines risk assessment, risk mitigation and performance. This course is geared towards professionals responsible for the aspects of biosafety and biosecurity in their laboratory environments, laboratory supervisors and specialists.

Participants used a robust methodology to identify and control the biosafety and biosecurity risks of their bioscience laboratories. They were empowered with the skills, tools and confidence to advise and guide on sustainable biorisk management that will ultimately reduce the threat of infectious disease in local laboratory environments.

The ISST course trains and certifies shippers of infectious substances from laboratories in international transport regulations. Participants practiced package assembly and completed shipping documentation. The course was divided into modules addressing the classification, documentation, marking, labelling and packaging of infectious substances, and the preparation of shipments requiring the use of dry ice. The transport of infectious substances is strictly regulated; therefore, the training was highly appreciated. The training contributed to improving compliance with applicable regulations ensuring protection of staff, the public and the environment.