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Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Risk Mitigation

PROJECT 087: Preparedness and Response for Mass Gatherings and other Health Threats in Central Asia - PRECA


Mass Gatherings can have real benefits. However, COVID-19 shows that they can threaten human health. More and more people are moving around Central Asia (e.g., the Belt and Road initiative), and increasing numbers of Mass Gatherings could present problems. This project presents a series of activities that will strengthen and empower Mass Gathering health preparedness and response in the region.

Overall objective

The overall objective of the project is to strengthen and empower preparedness and response for Mass Gatherings in Central Asia through a series of assessment, scientific activities, preparedness and training measures.

Specific objectives

  1. Improving Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) at Mass Gatherings by improving  the safety of food and water through food hygiene training;
  2. Guarding against chemical threats by developing Poison Information Centres;
  3. Ensuring that Public Health Command, Control and Communication (C3) systems provide rapid, regular, and transparent communications;
  4. Ensuring that Mass Gatherings’ stakeholders are properly resourced;


  1. Training programs, workshops and exercises to test the target countries’ capabilities;
  2. Regional activities to strengthen health preparedness and response networks.


  • Recruitment of a network of local experts for each work package, who will be paid for their work where possible. These experts now form the Regional Working Group for each work package;
  • Development of Train the Trainer course material for each Work Package;
  • Development and delivery of a series of on-line webinars for each Work Package;
  • The WHO has officially agreed to become an observer on the Project;
  • The World Bank’s International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) Food Safety Advisory Program has agreed to share resources and become an observer on the Project;
  • The UK’s TOXBASE (Poison Information Centres’ chemical database) has agreed to access to Public Health Professionals in partner countries.
CBRN areas
Bio-safety/bio-securityCrisis managementProtection of material/facilitiesPublic health impact mitigation
CBRN categories
CoE Region
CA - Central Asia
14 JUNE 2023
Project 087 Factsheet
(607.2 KB - PDF)



European Commission

European Union External Action Service

United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute


This project is part of a pre-existing EU activity in the regions and has not resulted from the submission of a CoE project proposal. Due to the different origin of the project, not all countries involved are CoE partner countries.

** This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

*** This designation shall not be construed as recognition of a State of Palestine and is without prejudice to the individual positions of the Member States on this issue.