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February 18, 2021

HSP Mourns The Death Of Collaborator Dr. Sher Muhammad

Over the past few weeks, HSP has been mourning the loss of Dr. Sher Muhammad, who died of COVID-19 on February 5th, 2021. HSP met Dr. Sher through his more than a decade of work as Director-General of Livestock and Dairy Development for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Province in Pakistan. His death has left us, as well as his family and friends with great sorrow.During Dr. Sher’s tenure as KP Director-General of Livestock and Dairy Development, he played a pivotal role in the revitalization of … Continue Reading

February 16, 2021

HSP Meets With Indonesian Biorisk Association To Discuss Future Opportunities For Partnership

Recently, HSP met with the Executive Board of the Indonesian Biorisk Association (IBA), to discuss future opportunities to continue a longstanding partnership. Since 2011, HSP and IBA have been working together to advance biosafety and biosecurity capacity in Indonesia and the surrounding region.In 2020, the two organizations jointly conducted two virtual workshops to share best practices for biorisk management with laboratories testing for COVID-19 in Indonesia. This year, HSP and IBA … Continue Reading

February 05, 2021

HSP Joins Fleming Fund Nigeria Team, Adds New Animal Health Advisor

HSP is proud to announce a joint venture in Nigeria with the Fleming Fund, a British aid program that helps combat Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in low- or middle-income countries. The work will focus on the prevalence of AMR in different livestock populations.To help facilitate the project in Nigeria, HSP has hired Dr. Olufemi Olatoye, an experienced animal health epidemiologist, to serve as Animal Health Advisor. HSP is incredibly excited to have him on staff for the duration of this … Continue Reading

December 23, 2020

HSP Partner Holds COVID-19 Safety Training At Local Schools To Protect Students, Teachers

In Pakistan, HSP Partner and Association for Biorisk Management (ABM) staff member, Mehboob Khan, recently held COVID-19 safety training sessions at two schools in the most crowded areas in Quetta.COVID-19 has forced many of Pakistan’s schools, colleges, and universities to close for much of the year. However, the Pakistani government recently decided to reopen schools and put in place standard operating procedures (SOPs) mandating social distancing and mask use. Despite the government’s … Continue Reading

December 16, 2020

HSP Provides COVID-19 Safety Training To Local Pakistani Meat Market Workers

In Pakistan, HSP Partner and Association for Biorisk Management (ABM) staff member, Dr. Bashir Ahmad recently visited a meat market in Quetta City, to help train meat handlers and other market workers about important COVID-19 safety measures.Recently, Pakistan has been hit hard by a second coronavirus wave and despite the government’s health guidelines, there has been an exceptional amount of community spread. To help lower the rate of new cases, Dr. Bashir identified this local market because … Continue Reading

December 14, 2020

HSP Trains Waste Collectors On How To Protect Themselves From COVID-19

HSP Partner and Association for Biorisk Management staff member, Dr. Bashir Ahmad held a COVID-19 safety awareness session with waste collectors in Quetta, the capital of the Balochistan Province in Pakistan. Waste collectors are particularly at risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19 because they tend to be impoverished, come in direct contact with biohazardous waste, and go from place to place looking for garbage to collect. The COVID-19 safety awareness session, which was attended by … Continue Reading

December 11, 2020

HSP Works With Wedding Hall Owners, Caterers To Prevent Unsafe, Large Gatherings

HSP Partner, the Association for Biorisk Management (ABM), recently met with wedding hall owners and their catering staff in the Dera Bugti district of Balochistan, Pakistan, to ensure that they are following COVID-19 procedures and thus, preventing spread of the disease.Though the Pakistani government has banned large gatherings like weddings and other large outdoor events that have more than 300 attendees, some communities have not been following this particular rule, which creates … Continue Reading

December 08, 2020

HSP Leads Biorisk Management Training For Indonesian Armed Forces’ Health Institutions

Recently, HSP completed a three-day virtual, intermediate biorisk management training for 32 professionals from the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI)’s hospitals in Java, Indonesia. The training, which ran from November 19th to November 21st, is important because it helps strengthen both biosafety and biosecurity in Indonesia’s military medical sector, as they deal with more high-consequence pathogens like COVID-19.The HSP-led training team consisted of U.S. and Indonesian experts, that provided … Continue Reading

November 13, 2020

HSP Fellow Develops Biosafety, Biosecurity Guide For High School Students

In Pakistan, HSP Health Security Futures Fellow, Faizan Ahmad, has developed a biosafety and biosecurity guide, as well as the corresponding workshop, for high school students in both English and Urdu, as part of his fellowship project with HSP.Usually, the laboratory experiments performed in high schools are low risk. However, under certain circumstances both teachers and students may still be at risk of contracting various infections. This manual will give students the proper training on … Continue Reading

November 12, 2020

HSP Statement On Ron Klain Being Named Next White House Chief Of Staff

Washington, DC - Health Security Partners (HSP)’s Executive Director, Dr. Jason Rao, released the following statement after having heard the news that Ron Klain will serve as Chief of Staff for the Biden White House.“Given the challenging times we find ourselves in with the COVID-19 pandemic, I could not think of a better Chief of Staff for the Biden White House. Ron Klain understands the importance of global health security and how to execute science-based action plans that will save … Continue Reading

November 10, 2020

HSP Partner Conducts COVID-19 Safety Training With Students & Teachers To Help Reopen Schools In Pakistan

HSP Partner, Dr. Bashir Ahmad visited a school in the Balochistan province of Pakistan in order to give a COVID-19 preventative measures training to 20 school children and their teachers. The Pakistani government recently re-opened schools in the country and issued a series of standard operating procedures to help ensure student and teacher safety during the pandemic. However, there is concern that these procedures are not being followed because there has been an increase in the amount of … Continue Reading

November 05, 2020

HSP, Pakistan Biological Safety Association Host Biorisk Management Webinar Series For COVID-19 Testing Labs

Last weekend, HSP and the Pakistan Biological Safety Association (PBSA) completed a marathon 14-part webinar series to provide biorisk management training to COVID-19 testing laboratories at the forefront of the pandemic response in Pakistan. These trainings are particularly important because the pandemic has created such a large testing demand, that labs which didn’t have experience in handling these types of pathogens are now handling virus-containing specimens regularly.At the conclusion of … Continue Reading

November 03, 2020

HSP, Philippine Partners Conduct Virtual Chemical Transportation Security Workshop For Industry Stakeholders

In the Philippines, HSP is working with the Chemical Industry Association of the Philippines (SPIK) to conduct a month-long, intensive virtual training on best practices for chemical transportation security (CTS). The program began on October 6th, 2020, bringing together 14 industry and university professionals from the chemical sector in the Mindanao region of the Philippines. The workshop is comprised of a series of 8, 3-hour webinars featuring top international and Philippine experts to … Continue Reading

November 02, 2020

HSP Celebrates Senior Staff Member’s Selection To The International Federation Of Biosafety Associations’ Equity Coordinating Committee

Washington, DC - Health Security Partners (HSP) celebrated the International Federation of Biosafety Associations (IFBA)’s announcement of the members on their Equity-Focused Coordinating Committee (ECC), which includes HSP’s Director of Scientific Programs & Engagement, Dr. Prasad Kuduvalli.The members of the ECC serve for two-year terms, alongside the IFBA Secretariat and governance, to help steer IFBA’s biosafety and biosecurity program work, through their global network, towards more … Continue Reading

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

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