Conference rallies specialists to improve biosafety and biosecurity in central Asia

WHO

Participants at biosafety meeting, 7 October 2014, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

More than 80 specialists in the field of biological and health security from 14 central Asian and neighbouring countries met in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on 7 and 8 October 2014 to share their experience and knowledge about the current situation and learn from best practice. Topics ranged from how to improve biosafety and biosecurity in hospitals to the importance of risk communication and networking.

Another important aspect of the conference was to strengthen the network of biosecurity and biosafety specialists in the region and exchange examples of good practice and case studies.

Securing health on a global scale

The conference was organized by the German Partnership Programme for Excellence in Biological and Health Security, which was started by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2013. The German Partnership Programme is part of Germany’s engagement in the G8 Global Partnership and aims to make a significant contribution to securing health on a global scale.

Dr Caroline Brown, Programme Manager of WHO/Europe’s Influenza and other Respiratory Pathogens programme, delivered a presentation on biosecurity in an international context.