From L to R: Dr. Abdulaziz M. Elbuni, Chair, Libyan National Committee for Biosafety and Bioethics; Dr. Javed Khan and Dr. Prasad Kuduvalli, HSP; Dr. Badereddin Annajar, General Director, National Center for Disease Control (NCDC); Dr. Omar Elahmer, Head of Reference Laboratory for Disease Control at NCDC; Dr. Abdunaser Dahyum, Associate Professor, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tripoli; and Dr. Ibrahim Eldaghayes, Professor, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tripoli.
HSP has partnered with a team of Libyan experts led by Dr. Badereddin Annajar, General Director of the Libyan National Center of Disease Control (NCDC), to bolster biosafety and biosecurity systems in Libya. Despite the ongoing conflict in Libya, key One Health stakeholders are fully committed and enthusiastic about building health security capacity towards the implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005). The HSP team met with the Libyan team of experts from 24-26 February 2019, in Tunis, Tunisia. They jointly discussed the results of the Libya Joint External Evaluation (JEE) conducted last year to chart progress towards IHR implementation, identified gaps, reviewed current and planned efforts, and developed joint activities to bolster biosafety and biosecurity systems.