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Evaluation of Impact of CBEP Training Activities on the Performance of Targeted Laboratories in Iraq
The Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP) assisted the government of Iraq to address obligations assumed by signing United Nations National Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004).
CBEP focuses on biological agents and seeks to enhance clinical, laboratory, and epidemiological safety and security by providing education and training, particularly on EDPs.
The CBEP has three main objectives in Iraq:
- To identify and address gaps in the human and animal public health systems;
- Enhance biosafety and biosecurity (BS&S) standards and procedures;
- Strengthen the ability of human and animal public health laboratories to detect, diagnose, and report outbreaks of infectious disease, especially those associated with EDPs, in accordance with the World Health Organization’s International Health Regulations and World Organization for Animal Health guidelines.
CBEP sponsored training activities in seven select provinces in central and southern Iraq (Baghdad, Diyala, Babil, Karbala, Najaf, Basra and Maysan), in coordination with the Iraqi National Monitoring Authority (INMA), the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), Ministry of Health (MOH) and Ministry of Agriculture (MOA). The purpose of this assessment is to measure the impact of CBEP activities on the performance of work of laboratory biorisk operations in targeted Iraqi labs (MOH and MOA) from July-December 2014 compared to July-December 2015.
Evaluation and Assessment Reports