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Ebola prevention and preparedness

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.

 

Ebola prevention and preparedness handouts

Women as Agents of Positive Change in Biosecurity

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

International Biomedical Laboratory Science Day, April 15, 2014

In 1996 at the World Congress of the International Federation of Biomedical Laboratory Science (IFBLS), the General Assembly of Delegates agreed to establish a world-wide Biomedical Laboratory Science Day. This day is for the promotion and celebration of the key role Biomedical Laboratory Scientists have in diagnosis and treatment of patients. The theme for 2014 is "Ethics".
Biomedical Laboratory Scientists are one of the largest groups of health-care professionals, yet their role in medicine is poorly understood. Patients, families and even colleagues within health care have a poor understanding of the vital role Biomedical Scientists have in medicine and public health. Please click here to download their poster.

Extension of deadline to June 27, 2014:Biorisk Management Enhancement Grant (BMEG) Competition

The U.S. Department of State Biosecurity Engagement Program (BEP) is pleased to partner with the African Biological Safety Association (AfBSA) to support a grant competition program that will contribute to biosecurity and biosafety in sub-Saharan Africa.

What is the program goal?

To provide financial assistance towards biosafety/biosecurity activities which could include laboratory upgrades, workshops and trainings, repairing or maintaining research equipment, or supplementing existing research activities. Preference will be given to laboratories and projects which focus on zoonotic diseases in sub-Saharan Africa.

Read more: Extension of deadline to June 27, 2014:Biorisk Management Enhancement Grant (BMEG) Competition

United Nation Bio-Security Workshop on UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004)

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

Introduction:

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.

Read more: United Nation Bio-Security Workshop on UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004)

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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