Nairobi, September 18, 2023 (TDI): The United States and the Ministry of Interior collaborated with Kenya’s National Disaster Management Unit (NDMU) to increase regional preparedness for chemical, biological, and nuclear (CBRN) emergencies during the two-day workshop on September 13 and 14 in Naivasha, Kenya.

The U.S. Department of State and Kenya’s National Disaster Management Unit hold a meeting with 43 participants from the United States, Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania.

Representatives from the civil protection, health, environmental protection, and international affairs offices of each country discussed how to join a response to chemical, biological radiological, and nuclear emergencies (CBRN).

Together, they engaged in insightful discussions on the importance of coordinating a unified response to CBRN emergencies.

In times of major crisis, regional collaboration and timely sharing of information is critical to an effective and rapid response, said Scott Ross, the U.S. Embassy Nairobi Export Control and Broder Security advisor.

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“The United States is proud to help Kenya and our regional partners as they plan together and lay the foundation for a robust regional emergency response partnership, a partnership that will ultimately save lives and enhance regional security,” he added.

This workshop is part of a series of events led by the Office of Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation at the U.S. Department of State.

Additionally, its primary objective is to bolster international cooperation to deter and defend against the escalating use of CBRN weapons worldwide.

The United States deeply values its partnership with Kenya in this vital field and remains committed to supporting regional efforts that foster cooperation and enhance regional stability.

Furthermore, Dr. Duncan O. Ochieng, Director of the Kenyan National Disaster Management Unit, expressed his appreciation, stating, “This partnership between Kenya and the USA exemplifies the spirit of international collaboration and solidarity in addressing global challenges.”