Biosafety in Africa: What is the International Laboratory Branch (ILB) Working On?

Sponsors: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Date: Wednesday, 12 December 2018
Time: 7:00-8:30
Location: Niger/Enugu

No invitations necessary; open to all conference registrants

Laboratory Managers, Supervisors, Biosafety and Safety personnel, MoH Clinical professionals and suoervisors of Clinical and Clinical Support personnel.

In this hour and a half session, the International Laboratory Branch (ILB) will introduce 3 new safety initiatives for the African environment. We will introduce and demonstrate our first 2 tier series of new safety familiarization trainings to address the underserved Professional Clinical and Auxiliary Clinical Service population. Additionally, we will present progress on enhancing laboratory capacity, by discussing our third tier leadership training program geared to Africa’s Biosafety professionals. Lastly, along the same lines for capacity enhancement, we will focus on the progress toward a sustainable Biosafety Cabinet Certification and Repair School to be located in Dar es Salaam at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS).

Attendees will come prepared with internet-ready laptops to get a demonstration and awareness of the web-based Professional Clinical Safety Familiarization course developed by ILB, and supporting materials. In addition, they will hear about progress towards a leadership development program for Safety and Biosafety professionals in the African Laboratory sector. Attendees will hear the latest on the establishment of a sustainable biosafety cabinet training school in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.


  • David Bressler, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, International Laboratory Branch