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Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Risk Mitigation

Pakistan: Strengthening Preparedness and Response for Mass Gatherings and other Health Threats

Success Story, Central Asia Regional Secretariat

Pakistan Success Story
© Central Asia Regional Secretariat

Description and contribution of the EU CBRN CoE

The National Institute of Health Pakistan organized a series of two International Training Workshops on preparedness and response for mass gatherings within the EU CBRN CoE Project 87*. Held in Islamabad and in Karachi, in 2023, the purpose was to enhance public health preparedness and emergency management across different sectors.

Results and impact

Over 200 Pakistani experts participated in the workshops. In addition to governmental staff, it gathered hospitality sector employees and actors from other Central Asian states. The training focused on practical analysis relevant to real life situations in Pakistan. It culminated in a table top exercise where all participants combined their expertise, new knowledge and skills to face a simulated public health emergency, followed by a triage-based evacuation exercise.

Key lessons learned

The training enabled Pakistani experts to further train the personnel in charge of mass gatherings. A pool of national experts in all relevant four areas (Public Health Command Control and Communication, Food Safety, Water Safety, Chemical Incidents and Poison Control) was created to tackle health threats in mass gatherings across Pakistan. The Project funding enabled effective replication of the training.


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*Project 87 : “Preparedness and Response for Mass Gatherings and other Health Threats”. These learning sessions replicated the initial Training-of-Trainers imparted under the CoE Project 87 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan (2022) to Master Trainers from all over Central Asia.