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GIBACHT fellowship holds Cohort III workshop in Kampala, Uganda.

Participants at the Global Partnership Initiated Biosecurity Academia for Controlling Health Threats (GIBACHT), Cohort III workshop in October 2017 in Kampala, Uganda. (Center) Dr Chima Ohuabunwo – AFENET Executive Director. (Photo courtesy of Racheal Chelimo)

The Global Partnership Initiated Biosecurity Academia for Controlling Health Threats (GIBACHT), held a workshop for the Cohort III fellows of the program from 23 – 25 October 2017 at the Africana Hotel Kampala, Uganda.  The workshops held are aimed at meeting the fellowship objectives of providing basic understanding and training in control of infectious diseases and the management of biohazards, and strengthening national and local centers for infectious disease epidemiology and management, biosafety and biosecurity.

Dr Chima Ohuabunwo – AFENET Executive Director made opening remarks emphasizing AFENET’s commitment and support to the partnership. He emphasized that the objectives of the project are critical to AFENET vision. He explained the importance of bio security in Africa and how AFENET is building a data base of FETP graduates who will become a force to rapidly respond to outbreak response. He stated that AFENET would be glad to us outputs from the project.

Dr Herbert Kazoora – Ag Director Programs, AFENET also made a presentation on Building a resilient public health workforce post Ebola through Field Epidemiology training.

Key on the agenda were discussions on biosafety risk, bio-terroristic agents, pilot testing of the case studies and preparation for the field as well as transmission of pathogens among others. Following the workshop, a field site visit was scheduled to Mbarara, Western Uganda from 26 – 27 October 2017.  

The workshop was mainly facilitated by, Prof Ellie Rutebemberwa - Technical lead, AFENET, PD Dr Norbert Schwarz GIBACHT Programme Office Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine and others

Global-Partnership-Initiated-Biosecurity-Academia for Controlling Health Threats (GIBACHT) GIBACHT is an educational programme established and supported by the German Federal Foreign Office. The training programme focuses on threats and risks conferred by biological agents and bioweapons and their successful prevention and control. The programme is offered and responsibly conducted by two German institutes, the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin and the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine in Hamburg, as well as the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel, Switzerland, and the African Field Epidemiology Network in Kampala, Uganda.

On completion of the GIBACHT program, fellows are expected to have acquired the following:  

  • Comprehensive knowledge of selected infectious agents and transmission, including treatment and prevention,
  • Sampling and safe handling of biological specimens and potentially hazardous materials,
  • Utilization of adequate epidemiological tools,
  • Managing infectious disease outbreak scenarios,
  • Surveillance and contact tracing,
  • Containment measures, including personal security and community protection,
  • Knowledge of international health regulations,
  • Communication management under disaster or extreme conditions.
  • Knowledge on how to develop and utilize a case study on biosafety/biosecurity as a training tool

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