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Junior members of the German-Kazakh biosecurity network present results of their cooperation

The “German‑Kazakh network for addressing highly pathogenic microorganisms” presented the results of its first project phase at a symposium at the end of October 2016. The event, which was held at Kazakh National Medical University in Almaty, drew national and international participants.

The symposium was opened by Jörn Rosenberg, Germany’s Consul General in Almaty. To the left is Dr Yesmagambetova of the Committee for Consumer Protection at the Kazakh Ministry of National Economy

The symposium was opened by Jörn Rosenberg, Germany’s Consul General in Almaty. To the left is Dr Yesmagambetova of the Committee for Consumer Protection at the Kazakh Ministry of National Economy
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The symposium was opened by Jörn Rosenberg, Germany’s Consul General in Almaty. To the left is Dr Yesmagambetova of the Committee for Consumer Protection at the Kazakh Ministry of National Economy

The symposium was opened by Jörn Rosenberg, Germany’s Consul General in Almaty. To the left is Dr Yesmagambetova of the Committee for Consumer Protection at the Kazakh Ministry of National Economy

The symposium was opened by Jörn Rosenberg, Germany’s Consul General in Almaty. To the left is Dr Yesmagambetova of the Committee for Consumer Protection at the Kazakh Ministry of National Economy

The opening of the symposium by the German Consul General was a visible symbol of the close cooperation that exists in this domain. In his welcoming remarks, he pointed out what the project is contributing to biological security and to health security in Kazakhstan. Dr Aizhan Yesmagambetova of the Committee for Consumer Protection at the Kazakh Ministry of National Economy emphasised that the German‑Kazakh project is significantly contributing to international cooperation, and that it is very important for the regions of Kazakhstan that it covers.

The German Partnership Program for Excellence in Biological and Health Security: active in more than 20 partner countries

The Kazakhstan project, which was launched in 2013, has nearly 1.2 million euros in funding and is part of the German Partnership Program for Excellence in Biological and Health Security of the Federal Foreign Office. The program supports the aims of the Federal Government’s preventive security policy and comprises activities in more than 20 partner countries.

The German institution charged with implementing the Kazakhstan project is the Bundeswehr Institute of Microbiology. Project coordinator Dr Stefan Frey provided background information on this cooperation and described the project, which aims to support Kazakhstan’s efforts to manage biological security risks, such as the intentional misuse of biological pathogens. It does this primarily by conducting training sessions and through scientific research into the existence and detection of dangerous biological pathogens.

Results of the first phase of the project

The experts at the symposium then heard three specialist lectures that presented the current results. The two Kazakh doctoral candidates who received training through the project, Karlygash Abdiyeva and Nurkeödi Turebekov, provided a professional overview of testing for highly pathogenic microorganisms that had been conducted on ticks in the two pilot regions of Almaty and Kyzylorda. The project also performed comprehensive serological tests in 13 hospitals. This enabled the respective regions to more effectively monitor these biological threats and, if necessary, to react in a more rapid and appropriate way.

Both students emphasised the immediate value of the project in terms of international cooperation, enhancing biosecurity and supporting the health care system in Kazakhstan.

The symposium was rounded off with a presentation by Dr Sandra Eßbauer who is in charge of the project at the Bundeswehr Institute of Microbiology . She gave a brief overview of the recent very positive evaluation of the biosecurity project in Kazakhstan, and she described possible objectives for the coming years.

Find out more:

German Partnership Program for Excellence in Biological and Health Security

Biosecurity Symposium in Almaty (artikel dated 27 October 2016, on the homepage of the Consulate General in Almaty - in German)


Last updated 12.12.2016

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