Fogarty trains Pakistani scientists in biorisk management

July / August 2016 | Volume 15, Number 4

Workshop participants wearing hazmat suits and onlookers listen to a speaker in a conference room, actor lying on floor
Photo courtesy of Javed Muhammad

​Biosafety and risk management workshops organized in cities across Pakistan by Fogarty’s Division of International Epidemiology and Population Studies (DIEPS) are helping scientists and laboratory staff to learn to protect themselves and the environment from dangerous pathogens, such as tuberculosis.

At workshops held in Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar and Gilgit since 2013, international and Pakistani experts have taught protection strategies to over 200 participants who work in laboratories, and sought to raise awareness of key concepts of biosafety and biosecurity in the workplace.

As part of this latest project - called Expanding the Scope of Biosecurity and Biosafety in Pakistan: Strengthening Biorisk Management Training and Capacity - 30 clinical, veterinary, and basic science professionals received instruction at a master trainer workshop in March 2016, on developing the tools and skills needed to conduct biosafety workshops for other professionals in Pakistan.

Fogarty’s main partners in the initiative are the Pakistan Biological Safety Association (PBSA), and the U.S.-based International Council for the Life Sciences and its Pakistan chapter. By involving PBSA in the implementation of all the workshops’ activities, DIEPS has helped the organization build its operational capacity and enhance the training and information resources it offers to the scientific research community in Pakistan.

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