NSCEDI international cooperation
The development of international scientific and technical cooperation is defined as one of the main principles and directions of implementation of the state scientific and technical policy. The international project is the main instrument for implementing cooperation in the field of science and technology. In our country, international cooperation in the field of education and science is regulated by the legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan and is carried out on the basis of international treaties, agreements and conventions.
The global nature of the problems of especially dangerous infections has been and remains a powerful motivation for integration processes in scientific research. Pathogens and their carriers do not recognize state borders. The development of transport communications has led to the possibility of a very rapid spread of infectious diseases, including especially dangerous infections. The fight against them is possible only with the combined efforts of physicians and scientists from all countries. Therefore, NSCEDI scientists maintain close scientific ties with research centers dealing with EDI problems in many countries of the world: The US, France, UK, Canada, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Spain and Mongolia. Particular importance is attached to preservation of cooperation with scientific centers of the CIS.
Since 1998, NSCEDI has been an active participant in research conducted in the framework of projects organized and funded by the international funds of ISTC, CRDF, COPERNICUS, and the Wildlife Foundation. A number of these projects were carried out jointly with scientists from other research organizations and universities in Kazakhstan. Organizations of the sanitary and epidemiological service of Kazakhstan, primarily regional anti-plague stations, were involved in the projects.
Thanks to participation in these projects, NSCEDI employees were able to have direct and close contact with the world’s leading specialists in the field of infectious pathology, participate in international conferences and trainings, and publish their research data in leading international publications. The financial resources allocated within the framework of international projects have significantly updated the material base of NSCEDI. Modern equipment was obtained, the latest research technologies were mastered and put into operation.
Today, NSCEDI is an active participant in the international biosafety and biosecurity system. At the initiative of NSCEDI and with the support of international biosecurity organizations, the Biosecurity Association of Central Asia and the Caucasus was established in May 2009. This organization was created to coordinate research and practical activities to improve the effectiveness of biosafety in the region.
Another important component of international cooperation is the training of personnel to combat especially dangerous infections and ensure an effective system of biosecurity and biosafety. NSCEDI, with the help of international organizations, has become the leading center for such training in the region. On the basis of NSCEDI, trainings are conducted by both leading specialists of international organizations and NSCEDI employees. In cooperation with the Global Partnership Program (GPP) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and international Trade of Canada and ISTC organized and conducted training seminars on biosecurity for specialists from the CIS countries. Trainings were held for specialists from Georgia, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan on laboratory diagnostics of anthrax, plague, and cholera, and the basics of disinfection. The presence of its own production base allowed NSCEDI to provide drugs for the diagnosis and prevention of especially dangerous infections not only in Kazakhstan, but also in the CIS countries and Mongolia. A number of drugs produced at NSCEDI have been delivered to US research centers.
The successful development of international cooperation in NSCEDI became possible due to the policy of supporting the development of advanced technologies in science, implemented by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and the presence of international treaties and agreements concluded by the government of Kazakhstan.
International scientific cooperation in NSCEDI is carried out in accordance with the legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the basis of international treaties and agreements.
When performing research, NSCEDI collaborated with the following research organizations:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (Atlanta and Fort Collins) USA;
- American Civil Research Foundation;
- Defense Threat Reduction Agency of the US Department of Defense;
- University of Northern Arizona, USA;
- Louisiana State University, USA;
- University of Liverpool, UK;
- University of Oslo, Norway;
- University of Antwerp, Belgium;
- Pasteur Institute, (Paris) France;
- FDIS «Omsk Research Institute of Natural Focal Infections»;
- FDIS «Volgograd Research Anti-Plague Institute»;
- FDIS «Russian Research Anti-Plague Institute «Microbe»;
- FDIS «Stavropol Research Anti-Plague Institute»;
- Center for the Prevention of Quarantine and Especially Dangerous Infections, Uzbekistan (Tashkent);
- Republican Center for Quarantine and Especially Dangerous Infections, Kyrgyzstan (Bishkek);
- Republican Quarantine Disease Control Center, Tajikistan;
- National Center for Disease Control, Georgia;
- Center for the Prevention of Especially Dangerous Infections, Armenia;
- Republican Anti-Plague Station, Azerbaijan;
- National Center for Zoonotic Infections, Mongolia.
All international projects of NSCEDI are aimed at solving problems related to combating infectious diseases, security, education, promoting the development of science and technology, the introduction of modern technologies and their use in scientific and practical developments in order to improve the effectiveness of epidemiological monitoring of especially dangerous infections.