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EMRO: All Hazard Emergency Preparedness and Laboratory Capacity Building for Biosafety and Biosecurity in Oman

The Council of the European Union supports the activities of the World Health Organisation in the area of laboratory biosafety and biosecurity as well as all hazard preparedness. This action is under the framework of EU against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. A workshop on Assessment of All Hazard Emergency Preparedness and Bioasafety/Biosecurity was held in Muscat, Oman, 30 August - 1 September 2010. The objectives of the workshop were to finalize the consolidated assessment report, to finalize the capacity building plan and plan for the national dissemination workshop. Participants in the workshop were Laboratory staff and epidemiologists from Ministry of Health in Oman; National Commission for Civil Defence, Royal Oman Police, WHO country Office, WHO/Lyon Office, Emergency Preparedness and Humanitarian Action (EHA), EMRO and project manager representing the European Union.

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PAHO/AMRO: Biorisk Management Advanced Trainer Programme, 28 June - 08 July 2010, Quito, Ecuador

The course introduced the new concept of biorisk management, which combines risk assessment, risk mitigation, and performance systems. It targeted professionals in biosafety, biosecurity training and education, and gave participants an opportunity to use a robust methodology to identify and control the biosafety and biosecurity risks of bioscience laboratories. This highly interactive workshop builds the knowledge and skills of individuals who train and educate others in the biorisk management community. The workshop is intended to increase the number of qualified trainers able to support biorisk management globally. The course brought together biosafety and laboratory training experts from Argentina, Bolivia, Brasil, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago.

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SEARO: Meetings on ports, airports and ground crossings

SEARO organized a regional meeting on IHR core capacities at points of entry in Colombo 14-16 of July 2010. The objective of the meeting was to bring all the SEARO Member States together to identify current strengths and weaknesses and identify follow up actions at national and regional level to strengthen core capacities at points of entry. The meeting brought together participants form IHR national focal points and points of entry national authorities.

In connection to this regional meeting a workshop on ship inspection and issuance of ship sanitation certificates was arranged. The purpose was to present the new WHO draft guidance document on this matter and exercise the use of it with the participants.

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