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New Online Biosecurity Resources from Bradford University

We are pleased to inform you that Bradford University's new online biosecurity resources, "Preventing Biological Threats: What You Can Do", and "Biological Security Education Handbook: The Power of Team-Based Learning" are now available online via the link below:

http://www.brad.ac.uk/bioethics/guidetobiologicalsecurityissues/

The Chemical Safety, Security and Waste management Training (15 - 17 December 2015) at the Technical university of Kenya

The Department of Chemical Science and Technology (DCST), will hold a Chemical Safety, Security and Waste Management Training for University Technicians from the 15 – 17 December 2015 at the Technical University of Kenya. The training aims at developing a culture of best practices in the management and application of chemicals. The culture of laboratory safety depends ultimately on the working habits of chemical technicians and technologists and their sense of teamwork for protection of themselves, their neighbors, and the wider community and the environment.

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Guide for providing technical support to TB laboratories in low- and middle-income countries

The Secretariat for the Global Laboratory Initiative has published a new document which provides guidance on technical support required for TB laboratories in low-and middle-income countries.

This guide is intended to familiarize those who are providing technical assistance to TB laboratories in low- and middle-income countries with WHO recommendations and international best practices. Since an important function of the GLI is harmonization of the technical assistance provided by its many partners to TB laboratories in high-burden countries, it is critical that the guidance provided by GLI partners be consistent with WHO global policy and guidelines.

The guide may be used as a training resource for new TB laboratory consultants or as refresher training for established consultants prior to a technical assistance assignment. The manual is intended to provide a comprehensive overview of topics to be considered before and during an assignment. In addition, those providing technical assistance may also use the guide as a reference for resources and tools which may be used before or during an assignment, such as identifying where to find the latest guidance to training materials. Because many of these materials are revised from time to time, the reader is advised to refer to the GLI or WHO websites where the latest versions of these resources will be available.

Read more: Guide for providing technical support to TB laboratories in low- and middle-income countries

World Antibiotic Awareness Week

"The rise of antibiotic resistance is a global health crisis, and governments now recognize it as one of the greatest challenges for public health today. It is reaching dangerously high levels in all parts of the world and compromising our ability to treat infectious diseases and undermining many advances in medicine." says Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General.
Antibiotic resistance happens when bacteria change and become resistant to the antibiotics used to treat the infections they cause. Over-use and misuse of antibiotics increase the development of resistant bacteria, and this survey points out some of the practices, gaps in understanding and misconceptions which contribute to this phenomenon.

Read more: World Antibiotic Awareness Week

14th CDC International Symposium on Biosafety

The highly anticipated Biennial CDC International Symposium on Biosafety will be in Atlanta on January 30 – February 3, 2016. This year's topic is "Biosafety Management – Planning for the Future by Learning from the Past" is presented in partnership by the American Biological Safety Association and the Eagleson Institute.

Topics will include risk governance, risk tolerance, risk communication, risks specific to field workers, healthcare workers, and international visitors, and emerging regulatory guidelines. The conference will conclude with an examination of what the future holds for biosafety competencies, training and the workforce.

Information regarding the event, and the brochure can be found at www.eagleson.org/CDC

Primary Contacts

To send feedback, suggestions or register as a member please contact:

African Biological Safety Association

Fairlane House off Mbagathi Road

P.O Box 35749-00200, Nairobi, Kenya

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