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Focal Partnerships within the German Biosecurity Programme


Focal Partnerships within the German Biosecurity Programme

The German Biosecurity Programme was launched in 2013 by the Federal Foreign Office within the framework of its engagement in the Global Partnership. It is part of the Federal Government’s preventive security policy. The goal is to minimise the risks associated with biological substances and pathogens. A further aim is to strengthen public health and promote a responsible approach to research and research findings in partner countries. It is implemented by leading German research institutions and has been working on a total budget of more than €19 million from 2017 to 2019 and more than €16.6 million from 2020 to 2022.

In the focal countries Tunisia, Morocco and Sudan the programme cooperates with the respective Health Ministries and subordinated central laboratories and institutions. Activities are implemented within the whole thematic range of the programme and according to specific needs. Examples are:

  • Awareness raising: Implementation of national risk communication systems for biological threats, including policy advising, media and communication trainings etc.;
  • Biosafety and biosecurity: Bio risk management courses and good laboratory practice courses; lab organization support; provision of adequate lab equipment and consumables;
  • Surveillance: Implementation of SOPs and fail- proof surveillance data exchange systems;
  • Detection and diagnostics: Training in safe and reliable diagnostics; guidance and support (experts, equipment, consumable) for ongoing diagnostic challenges;
  • Networking: Establishing laboratory networks (e.g. area specific, issue specific, national- and country-level); establishing and training national preparedness plans for biological threats;
  • Capacity development: Policy advisory and “ignition” conferences and workshops towards national biosafety and biosecurity policy in the security and health sector; support for planning, monitoring and evaluation methods and tools for executives concerned with biosafety and biosecurity.

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39443000 EUR


Start Date: January 1, 2013
End Date: December 31, 2022

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