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Training workshop for regional coordinators of the network of laboratories on biosafety and biosecurity

The National Institute of Public Health Research (INRSP) had organized in the collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) from 23 to 27 May 2016 a training workshop on biosafety and biosecurity in favor of network regional coordinators laboratories.

The workshop's opening ceremony was chaired by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Health in the presence of counselors, central directors, EPA managers of the health department and the DRAS of Nouakchott and representatives of donors.

During this ceremony the Director of INRSP recalled that this training was the second biosecurity and biosafety after that carried out in January 2015, which grouped 28 participants from various ministries (Education, Defence, Livestock .....).

He also raised that the workshop comes within the framework of the Action Plan of 2016 and it aims to train the coordinators of the public health laboratory network in order to:

-         Share knowledge through best practices of biosafety and biosecurity in the laboratory;

-         Promoting sustainable development through the protection of personnel and the environment;

-        Manage and prevent biological and chemical risks;

-        Apply the good practice in treatment of biological and chemical materials.
As for the WHO Representative, he has focused on the expectations of the organization of this workshop.

The workshop brought together 16 participants from all wilayas and participants of the Public Health Directorate (DHP) and the National Drug Quality Control Laboratory (LNCQM).
During the training the experts discussed through presentations and simulations exercises the various themes of the biosafety and biosecurity.

At the end of the workshop recommendations for the promotion and establishment of practices of biosafety and biosecurity at national level have been formulated as follows:

ü  Sensitizing policy makers on the issue of safety and biosecurity;

ü  The capacity of the public health laboratory network in safety waste management and bio-security (premises, equipment and training);

ü  Awareness and regional training on biosafety and biosecurity;

ü  The development of a national policy on safety and biological safety;

ü    The creation of an annual course in INRSP about safety and biosecurity;

ü  The strengthening of human resources in public health laboratory network.

The closing ceremony of the five-day training was noticed by the presentation of certificates to participants.