In 2013, the Federal Foreign Office launched the German Biosecurity Programme in order to implement long term biosecurity projects in various countries under the auspices of the G7 Global Partnership against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction. In 2016, the decision was taken to continue the Programme until the end of 2019.
The Programme is intended to help partner countries tackle biosecurity threats, such as the intentional misuse of biological pathogens and toxins or outbreaks of highly pathogenic diseases and pandemics. The aim is not only to prevent any misuse of infectious agents that could also pose a threat to Germany, but also to strengthen the health services of our partner countries in Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe, thus enhancing their national security.
The Programme encompasses a range of projects implemented in cooperation with German institutions:
The main focus is on North Africa, West Africa and Central Asia. Priority is given to six areas: awareness raising; biosafety and biosecurity; surveillance; detection and diagnostics; networking; and capacity development.
With a budget of over 25 million euros for the 2013 16 period and a further 19.5 million euros for 2017 19, we are helping partner countries to minimise biosecurity threats. This helps to immediately recognise outbreaks of dangerous and highly contagious diseases, reduce infection and swiftly identify and eliminate the causes.