Addressing the Biosecurity Governance Challenges Posed by the Ebola Epidemic

On 10 November 2016, as a side event to the 8th Review Conference of the Biological and Toxin Weapon Convention (BWTC), the GCSP co-organised a panel discussion jointly with VERTIC and the Global Emerging Pathogens Treatment (GET) Consortium with the support of the UK Government and the International Law and Policy Institute (ILPI).
The topic was "Adressing the Biosecurity Governance: Challenges Posed by the Ebola Epidemic". The event was chaired by Dr Lorna Miller (UK Delegation).
Dr Akin Abayomi, Professor in the Department of Pathology in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, explained how the Ebola-stricken region was previously affected by poverty, insufficient infrastructure, failing governance and conflict, which contributed to the rapid spread of the disease. As part of the response, largely by international actors, some 300,000 samples were collected, some of which are still not accounted for. This major risk required the introduction of guidelines and accountability, especially in view of attempts by non-state armed groups to seek access to pathogens for use as weapons.
Read more at: http://reliefweb.int/report/sierra-leone/addressing-biosecurity-governance-challenges-posed-ebola-epidemic

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