Pakistan is a partner country of the German Partnership Program for Excellence in Biological and Health Security. This cooperation is part of the Federal Government’s comprehensive commitment to promoting biological security around the world.
This partnership includes training Pakistani experts with a joint project by the Friedrich Loeffler Institute (FLI, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health) and national institutes. The aim is to strengthen local capacities and structures and to minimise biological risks by passing on the skills learned.
It was against this backdrop that a training course for doctoral students on the molecular diagnosis of brucellosis took place in Lahore on 19 and 20 March. Pakistani experts, who had completed training at the FLI in Jena, conducted the course.
The Pakistani health system as a whole will also benefit from the measures, which are primarily focused on biological security. For example, the cooperation will help to make tangible improvements to diagnostic capabilities for brucellosis, an infectious disease that can be passed from animals to humans. Biological security focuses on improving safe handling of dangerous pathogens and on making potential misuse of biological materials more difficult.