Uganda to host maiden regional biosafety biosecurity conference, 14 to 15 November 2016; Sheraton Hotel, Kampala

East African Countries states are implementing Biorisk management programs/ agenda / projects mainly in health sector that are aimed at protecting health workers and the community from unintentional exposures to biological, agents or limiting possible intentional exposures by harmful people. However, current global demands on public safety and security dictate the use of multisectoral approach to prevent, safeguard, mitigate, and contain possible biosafety biosecurity threats.

Uganda like any other East African state has faced increased risks from emergence of re-emerging infectious agents for example Ebola, Marburg, Poor food and beverage safety management, Civil un rests, Immigrations, Poor animal health management systems, Regional terror groups, Weak biobanking and pathogen access control systems, Weak specimen transportation systems, Weak disaster management response systems among others. These risks remain eminent dangers to our populations especially in the face of possible bioterrorism.

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Ethiopia: Nation Acquires First Bio-Safety Mobile Lab

Ethiopia acquired the first of its kind level three mobile bio-safety laboratory to diagnose micro-organisms including viral hemorrhagic fevers and other emerging viruses. The one million USD worth laboratory provides the country with critical resource needed to work with and respond to highly infectious disease causing micro-organisms. The laboratory is the outcome of extraordinary technical and financial partnership between the Ministry of Health and the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Ethiopia.

Read more at: http://allafrica.com/stories/201611110573.html

ASM Call for Submissions: $1 Million Committed towards Microbiome Research Tools

Now Accepting Proposals for the Kavli Microbiome Ideas Challenge

Is your research focusing on new methods that will help promote the field of microbiome research? ASM is now accepting proposal submissions supporting development of next generation scientific tools for investigating life on a microbial scale across many environments.

Led by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), and carried out in partnership with the American Chemical Society (ACS) and American Physical Society (APS), the Kavli Foundation has committed $1 million dollars to the Kavli Microbiome Ideas Challenge.

This Ideas Challenge recognizes the quintessential need for an interdisciplinary approach to microbiome research and invites the broad scientific community to submit their ideas for novel experimental tools and methods aimed at understanding microbial interactions and function from new perspectives.

Grant submissions for the Kavli Ideas Challenge open October 24th, 2016 and will close December 2nd, 2016 at 11:59 PM CST.

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

Nigerian Biorisk Assessment and Curriculum Review


CRDF Global is seeking a subject matter expert to provide remote guidance and feedback via phone, email, and document sharing, to a university in Nigeria to support the development of a basic laboratory biorisk assessment and training curriculum. The tool and training assess current biorisk awareness and practices, identify gaps that need to be addressed, and ensure training materials comply with international standards for biosafety and biosecurity. Please find more information regarding the RFP including the project scope at http://www.crdfglobal.org/funding-opportunities/biorisk-assessment-consultants-nigeria

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