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Workshops by RKI staff in the realm of the German Partnership Programme for Excellence in Biological and Health Security in Sudan. Source: RKI

German Biosecurity Programme

As part of the G7 Global Partnership against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction, the Federal Foreign Office (FFO) launched the German Biosecurity Programme in 2013. Its aims include preventing the misuse of pathogens and toxins, limiting the availability and dissemination of dangerous pathogens and strengthening the national health capacities of partner countries. The programme consists of several individual projects that are implemented in cooperation with German institutions, including the Robert Koch Institute. Besides the RKI, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNI), the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health (FLI), and the Bundeswehr Institute of Microbiology (IMB) are part of the programme.

An emphasis of the programme is placed on activities in Africa and Central Asia, with the RKI's involvement focusing on the countries of Morocco, Tunisia and Sudan.

Objective of RKI activities:

  • Biosafety/biosecurity: Reduction of the risk of spreading biological agents (ZIG 4)
  • Surveillance: Development of systems for the early detection of unusual outbreaks of disease (Unit 32)
  • Bacteriological/virological detection & diagnostics: Detection and characterization of dangerous pathogens (ZBS 1/ZBS 2)

International core-partner institutions of the RKI:

Head of the German Biosecurity Programme at the RKI:

Prof. Dr. Johanna Hanefeld, Centre for International Health Protection (ZIG)

Programme Coordination: Dr. Stefan Kloth, Centre for International Health Protection (ZIG)

Date: 14.08.2020