Germany enters biological security partnership with Tunisia

The Federal Foreign Office in Germany announced on Monday that the German-Tunisian Partnership Program for Excellence in Biological Security is underway after a Feb. 17 opening ceremony.

Within this partnership, Tunisian scientists will be trained on the proper procedure for handling biological agents that can be hazardous to health, with specific attention being paid to pathogens and other infectious agents. In this effort the partnership will also aim to enhance the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases within the Tunisian health system. 

Several German institutes are participating with Tunisia's government and health authorities, including the Robert Koch Institute — Federal Institute for Infectious and Non-communicable Diseases and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) GmbH in Tunisia.

According to the report biological security partnerships such as this one help Germany prepare for emerging biological agents and diseases.

“This program also protects the German population from dangerous diseases,” Reinhard Burger, president of the Robert Koch Institute, said.

This program was launched by the German Federal Foreign Office, a part of the German Partnership Program for Excellence in Biological and Health Security, which is joined with various nations around the world. The partnership bolsters partner nations' ability to mitigate and limit threats from biological agents, specifically those that pose threats to national and international security.