AfBSA is continental, having its primary area of operation within the Continent of Africa and whose membership is primarily drawn from persons and institutions of Africa as hereinafter provided. Membership shall be drawn from both Francophone and Anglophone countries of Africa and worldwide.
The African Biological Safety Association (AfBSA) is pleased to announce the 4th Annual Biological Safety Conference, to be held at Hotel Novotel, Casablanca, Morocco from March 23rd to 25th, 2015 in collaboration with Association Scientific de P'institute National D'hygiene.
The AfBSA Conference gives a unique opportunity for biosafety professionals to discuss leadership in biorisk management, biohazard waste management and other laboratory biosafety and biosecurity issues in light of emerging diseases in Africa.
The theme of the 4th Annual Biological Safety Conference is “BRIDGING THE GAPS BETWEEN LABORATORY SAFETY AND EMERGING GLOBAL HEALTH ISSUES" which has been chosen to reflect current laboratory biosafety and biosecurity issues, especially with regards to the Ebola epidemic in western Africa which has highlighted the weakness of biosafety and biosecurity practices in clinical settings within healthcare systems on the continent.
Conference symposia, training workshops:
The African Biological Safety Association is undertaking a 5 day course aimed to provide Guidelines for quality and environmental management systems auditing, knowledge and skills in monitoring implementation of laboratory quality management systems as an essential element of international recognition and accreditation of laboratories.
The course will enable delegates (trainees) to gain knowledge on the guidelines and principles when conducting internal audit in medical laboratories from hands on facilitators.
Ebola virus disease is a severe, often fatal illness, with a case fatality rate of up to 90%. The infection is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected animals or people. Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care. During an outbreak, those at higher risk of infection are health workers, family members and others in close contact with sick people and deceased patients, but the infection can be controlled through the use of recommended protective measures in clinics and hospitals, at community gatherings, or at home.
The Kenyan Ministry of Health, Disease Surveillance and Response Unit has provided tools below. Kindly familiarize yourself with the attached preparedness information.
Managing biological threats requires a multifaceted, holistic approach. Bringing a diverse group of people to the table, including women, ensures that a range of different experiences and perspectives are heard. International security and WMD nonproliferation are issues that concern everyone, and the institutions that manage these risks need to be reflective of society as a whole. Moreover, women add important value to biosecurity forums by, for example, leveraging women's networks and building bridges across divided communities. Until women everywhere have the chance to participate equally in such forums, the international security and WMD nonproliferation fields will be missing an important voice.
To read the complete article, please visit http://www.sciencediplomacy.org/perspective/2014/women-agents-positive-change-in-biosecurity
United Nation Bio-Security Workshop on UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004) at the African Union (AU) Commission, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 10th to 11th December, 2013
Resolution 1540 (2004) was adopted by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on 28 April 2004 under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter. The resolution affirms that the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and their means of delivery constitute a threat to international peace and security and expresses deep concern over the threat of terrorism and the risk that non-State actors may acquire, develop, traffic in or use nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and their means of delivery.
The CWA 16393:2012 "Laboratory Biorisk Management - Guidelines for the Implementation of the CWA 15793 "is now available to download for free at the following link:
The free download of this CWA has been made possible through funding provided by the European Biosafety Association (EBSA), the Asia-Pacific Biosafety Association (A-PBA) and the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) through the International Federation of Biosafety Associations.
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