On 19 and 20 January 2021 the Institute of Chemical Sciences and Technologies of the Italian National Research Council (ISTM – CNR), with the support of Fondazione FORMIT, held a Training Programme 2 on “Hazardous waste management during the COVID-19 health emergency”, which organised for the Afghan stakeholders involved in the project. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impairment to travel, the training was held online.
The training – which has already been erogated for Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan and will be executed for Mongolian partners at the beginning of February – involved more than 20 stakeholders from Afghan Ministries and Agencies. It had the goal of spreading knowledge and know-how about safety and security issues related to the generation, handling, stockpiling, transportation, treatment and disposal of hazardous waste materials produced and/or found in sites, healthcare facilities and laboratories, in the period of pandemic crisis. The training also aimed at raising awareness about the state-of-the-art and the good practices on how to safely manage SARS-CoV-2-related chemical and/or biological waste, as well as demonstrating how to use personal protective equipment (PPE) to operate in COVID-19 contaminated areas.
During day 1 – following the welcome of Dr. Iryna Iarema, UNICRI Regional Coordinator for Central Asia, and Dr. Christian Raitz von Frentz, IcSP Regional Cooperation Officer for Central Asia – the scientific team provided the most updated information about the Covid-19 virus and all related information for an efficient response in terms of risk assessment, methods for disinfection and bio-safety.
During day 2 the current COVID-19 emergency situation in Afghanistan and a practical session were discussed and held by the ISTM-CNR scientific team led by Dr. Matteo Guidotti to live show how to don and doff specific personal protective equipment to combat COVID-19.
At the end of the two sessions, all participants thanked the project staff for organising a very interesting and practical training that will help them in properly addressing the pandemic crisis in their country.