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September 18, 2020

HSP Delivers COVID-19 Biosecurity Lecture At International BioRisk Management Workshop

This week, HSP's own Dr. Prasad Kuduvalli gave a Biosecurity lecture at an International BioRisk Management workshop hosted by the Institute of Tropical Disease, Airlangga University. The virtual workshop focused on how laboratory biorisk management best practices should be implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to reduce the likelihood of lab-acquired infection or potential misuse of the pathogen. In addition to Dr. Kuduvalli, the event included speakers from many of HSP's partner … Continue Reading

September 17, 2020

HSP’s Arabic AMR Dictionary Presented To Iraq’s Prime Minister

The Arabic version of the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Dictionary, which was translated by HSP's Iraq Fellows, has been presented to Iraq's Prime Minister and President of Parliament. The recently translated tool was presented to them by Iraq's Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research. Through this gesture, the Minister highlighted the importance of the AMR Dictionary as a means to raise awareness and help educate Iraqi students about AMR, in order to protect human and animal … Continue Reading

September 14, 2020

HSP Congratulates BioRisk Association Of The Philippines On Its Fifth Anniversary

HSP congratulates the BioRisk Association of the Philippines (BRAP) on their recent fifth anniversary. Over the past five years, BRAP has grown from 20 to over 600 members all over the Philippines. They have always been an incredible partner to HSP in our mission to build biosafety and biosecurity capacity in the Philippines. HSP's work with BRAP dates back to April 2016, when HSP and BRAP held a Laboratory Network meeting in Cebu. Most recently, HSP has collaborated with BRAP to put on a … Continue Reading

August 31, 2020

HSP Conducts Study On The Prevalence Of Antimicrobial Resistance In Pakistan’s Agricultural Industry

In Pakistan, HSP is working as part of the United Kingdom (UK) Fleming Fund's efforts to better understand the levels of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in bacteria found in food animals. AMR is an evolution in viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens that makes them resistant to drugs they have been exposed to repeatedly. In order to test the levels of AMR in Pakistan's food animals, HSP has teamed up with Dr. Muhammed Usman Zaheer of the Animal Husbandry Commissioner's Office in the Ministry … Continue Reading

August 28, 2020

HSP Partner Conducts COVID-19 Safety Awareness Sessions For Camel Herders In Pakistan

In Pakistan, HSP Partner, the Association for Biorisk Management (ABM) is providing basic COVID-19 safety training to camel herders in the Loralai district of Balochistan. In this region, camel herding is an important part of the economy because it provides food and income to people in remote, desert or mountainous areas. However, in order to feed the camels these herders must be constantly nomadic, creating a means of spread for COVID-19 throughout the region. During the safety trainings, … Continue Reading

August 27, 2020

HSP Partner Helps Distribute Personal Protective Equipment In Kurdistan

In the Kurdistan region of Iraq, HSP Partner Dr. Wafa Mufty, Directorate General of Health, is helping to support the COVID-19 response efforts by distributing personal protective equipment (PPE) to emergency medical personnel or the 1-2-2 in Duhok. Recently, Duhok has been seeing a 150-200 daily rise in new cases, creating a heightened need for PPE so their first responders can safely perform their frontline roles. This PPE distribution effort follows HSP's recent Chemical, Biological, … Continue Reading

August 07, 2020

HSP Conducts Antimicrobial Use Survey Of Pakistan’s Poultry, Dairy Industries

In Pakistan, HSP is working as part of the United Kingdom (UK) Fleming Fund's effort to understand why antimicrobial use is so prevalent in the Pakistani poultry and dairy industries. Studies have shown that increased antimicrobial use (AMU) like antibiotics, leads to increased rates of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), an evolution in viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens that makes them resistant to drugs they have been exposed to repeatedly. Our team along with the Animal Husbandry … Continue Reading

July 30, 2020

HSP, Indonesian Partners Conduct Virtual Biorisk Management Training For New COVID-19 Testing Labs

In Indonesia, HSP is working with the Indonesian Biorisk Association (IBA) and the National Standardization Agency (BSN) to conduct week-long, intensive virtual training programs for labs that are new to COVID-19 testing. The program is comprised of a series of webinars by experts from both Indonesia and the U.S. on key topics in biosafety, biosecurity and testing quality. These training programs are vital because in Indonesia, more than 250 public and private sector labs are conducting … Continue Reading

July 28, 2020

HSP Partner Develops Video Training Tools For Better COVID-19 Testing In The Philippines

In the Philippines, HSP Partner, the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine-Biorisk Management Office (RITM-BRMO), is developing video content on their days off in order to help better train laboratory workers in the safest COVID-19 testing methods. The videos will consist of various training tools and job aids to facilitate COVID-19 testing and will help strengthen biosafety practices at testing sites across the … Continue Reading

July 23, 2020

HSP Supports Lab Mentorship Program For Indonesian Military Hospitals

Over the last two weeks, HSP Partners at the University of Indonesia (UI) and IPB Universityhave hosted a lab mentorship program on COVID-19 testing for staff from three Indonesian military hospitals. HSP helped setup this program in support of an ongoing, multi-year partnership between the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)'s Biological Threat Reduction Program (BTRP) and the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI), to build disease detection and Biorisk Management capacity at Indonesian military … Continue Reading

July 21, 2020

HSP Partner Helps Soccer Teams Safely Resume Practice In Pakistan

HSP Partner, Dr. Mujahid Khan, team leader and trainer for the Association for Biorisk Management (ABM), held a training with five soccer teams and their respective staffs, so that they could safely resume practice for their upcoming tournament in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), Pakistan. During the training, Dr. Mujahid detailed actions the players can take to protect themselves and their teammates from COVID-19. Topics discussed included the importance of social distancing, handwashing … Continue Reading

July 13, 2020

HSP Partners Hold Virtual CBRNE Medical Countermeasures Training In Kurdistan

In the Kurdistan region of Iraq, HSP Partners Dr. Wafaa Mufty of the Directorate General of Health-Duhok (DGOH), Dr. Souzan Eassa of the University of Duhok, and Dr. Ayad Almamoori of the University of Babylon, held a two-day virtual event this week to train ten frontline advanced medical professionals to adequately respond to injuries from Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) events. These sessions, held on July 7th and 8th, served as the third and final … Continue Reading

July 10, 2020

HSP Partner Educates Pakistani Nomadic Shepherds On How To Protect Themselves From COVID-19

In Pakistan, HSP Partner, the Association for Biorisk Management (ABM)'s Veterinary cohort, recently traveled to the mountainous region of Loralai in Balochistan in order to educate nomadic shepherds in that region about COVID-19. This effort is an incredibly important part of Pakistan's fight against COVID-19 because these shepherds are prone to contracting and spreading different diseases because they frequently travel, while herding their animals and searching for new pastures. During a … Continue Reading

July 08, 2020

HSP Holds Virtual Planning Meeting For Upcoming Biorisk Management Training

Over the weekend, HSP held a virtual planning meeting with our partners from both the Indonesian Biorisk Association (IBA) and the National Standardization Agency (BSN), in order to prepare for an upcoming Biorisk Management training program, which will occur virtually on July 13th, 2020. The program will share best practices in Biorisk Management with 60 Indonesian laboratories who have started COVID-19 PCR testing. As part of the national response to the pandemic, more than 240 labs across … Continue Reading

July 02, 2020

HSP Participates In Iraq's First International Medical Sciences Conference

Over the weekend, HSP participated in Iraq's first International Medical Sciences Conference, a three-day virtual event organized by Al-Mustaqbal University. The conference, which occurred from June 28th-30th, was attended by our 2019 Iraq Health Security Stewards Fellows and ceremoniously marked the culmination of their fellowship with the receipt of their certificates of completion and a graduation message delivered by HSP's Executive Director, Dr. Jason Rao. The conference included … Continue Reading

July 01, 2020

HSP, Collaborator Conduct Virtual AMR Genomic Sequencing Training In Pakistan

In Pakistan, HSP has been supporting the work of the U.K. Fleming Fund, which is an effort to improve antimicrobial resistance (AMR) surveillance in low income countries and increase relevant data for informed decision making related to antimicrobial use. One of the primary objectives of this partnership is to establish national reference laboratories with well-trained staff capable of utilizing genomic data to identify resistance mechanisms and trends in the community. To achieve this goal, … Continue Reading

June 30, 2020

HSP Partner Convenes Working Group Of Experts To Develop Standardized Biosecurity Curriculum In Turkey

Today, HSP Partner Dr. Aysen Gargili-Keles, Marmara University, virtually convened a working group of experts to help develop a national standard for biosafety and biosecurity education in the country of Turkey. The group, which included experts from the Ministry of Agriculture Veterinary Institutes, TUBITAK, the Council of Higher Education (YÖK), and several Turkish universities, began to draft universal curriculum elements and laboratory procedures during the video teleconference. The … Continue Reading

June 22, 2020

HSP Fellows Translate Antimicrobial Resistance Dictionary Into Arabic

In Iraq, HSP's Health Security Stewards Fellows have translated the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Dictionary into Arabic. HSP is a member of the consortium led by the Tropical Medicine Faculty of Mahidol University that developed the dictionary, which includes AMR terminology and associated learning points, as well as posters and online videos that promote AMR awareness for the general public. It is also available in English, French, Thai, Chinese, Khmer, Myanmar, Tamil, and … Continue Reading

June 16, 2020

HSP Partners Conduct Surveillance On CCHF Outbreak In Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, HSP Partners at the Central and Nangarhar Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories (NVDRL), have not only been assisting the country's efforts to contain its COVID-19 outbreak but they are also conducting surveillance on another highly fatal zoonotic disease in five different districts. Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) is a tick-borne disease that has some similar symptoms to COVID-19 in humans. It too has no vaccine. CCHF can be transmitted to humans when one comes in contact … Continue Reading

June 11, 2020

HSP Partner Helps Develop Mobile BSL-2 Lab For COVID-19 Testing In Indonesia

In Indonesia, HSP Partner Dr. Diah Iskandriati, IPB University, worked with a consortium of partners led by the Ministry of Research and Technology/National Research Agency (Kemristek/BRIN) to develop a mobile Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) lab to respond to health emergencies, such as COVID-19 around the country. After President Joko Widodo launched a huge research and technology development initiative in response to the COVID-19 crisis, Dr. Diah worked with the team to design and establish the … Continue Reading

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