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Mobile lab handed over to G5 Sahel countries

15.03.2018 - Article

Bacteria and viruses do not stop at frontiers: Germany is helping the G5 countries Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, the Niger and Chad mitigate biological risks across borders.

Ambassador Dietrich Becker (left) at the handover of the mobile lab.
Ambassador Dietrich Becker (left) at the handover of the mobile lab.© GIZ

On 1 March 2018, Germany handed over a state‑of‑the‑art mobile lab to the biosecurity network of G5 Sahel countries that was established in November 2017. The lab will be stationed in Mali. When a disease breaks out or a biological threat arises, all five countries will share access to this mobile lab. Because it can be rapidly deployed to affected areas, pathogens can be quickly diagnosed and cross‑border responses initiated to address biological threats.

Regional approach creates greater biosecurity

Regional cross‑border cooperation is a prerequisite for successfully containing biological threats. “The only way to tackle complex threats is via a coordinated approach. Further development of the biosecurity network, which now has a mobile lab at its disposal, is driving cross‑border cooperation between the G5 Sahel countries in this domain,” Dietrich Becker, Germany’s Ambassador to Mali, said.

Ready for deployment: the G5 Sahel countries now have a mobile lab at their disposal.
Ready for deployment: the G5 Sahel countries now have a mobile lab at their disposal.© GIZ

In addition to making available the mobile lab, Germany’s support focuses on providing the training that is required to use the equipment. A rapidly deployable group of G5 Sahel experts is to be formed and trained so that they can quickly and reliably diagnose highly contagious pathogens. Thanks to their newly acquired skills, these experts will act as multipliers when they return to their respective countries.

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