In an ongoing effort to make the world a safer place, Frontline Healthcare Workers Safety Foundation, Ltd. (Frontline Foundation), the government contractor to the National Biosafety & Biocontainment Training Program (NBBTP), will co-host the Train the Trainer Course in Laboratory Biosafety Principles and Practices, August 16-27, 2010, in Singapore.
Sponsored by the NBBTP in partnership with the Regional Emerging Diseases Intervention (REDI) Center (Singapore), Singapore Polytechnic, and the Western Pacific Regional Office of WHO, the course is designed to strengthen the biosafety of laboratories in the Asia-Pacific region, which have recently been the focus of several emerging or re-emerging infectious disease outbreaks.
“Because of the increasing number of high-containment laboratories and the constant threat from emerging diseases and bioterrorism, there is a perpetual and desperate need for biosafety training of the highest caliber,” said Dr. Murray L. Cohen, president and chairman of Frontline Foundation.
The two-week workshop will include select participants from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mongolia, The Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam.
Dr. Youngmee Jee, Regional EPI Laboratory Coordinator of the Expanded Programme on Immunization in the Western Pacific Regional Office of the World Health Organization, commended these efforts “to initiate and establish the Asia-Pacific Biosafety Training Network in this region and to achieve the common goal of solid and sustainable biosafety network laboratories in this region.”
The 2010 training is the second such event in the region in which Frontline Foundation played a lead role as well. In April 2008 more than 600 biosafety professionals throughout Asia received highly specialized biosafety and biocontainment skill development at the premier Train the Trainer program at the Asia-Pacific Biosafety Association (A-PBA) annual meeting. Subject matter experts and curriculum developers worked with the WHO biosafety advisory board to develop the Train the Trainer Manual to enforce three biosafety imperatives:
- Good laboratory practices and techniques provide the greatest contribution to laboratory safety;
- Appropriate training programs should be instituted at regional and local levels for biosafety trainers and laboratory workers;
- A sustainable biosafety training network should be established globally to help ensure that appropriate biosafety practices and procedures are used in laboratories worldwide.