Lab Matters Winter 2018 - Page 20

global health Building Workforce Capacity to Create Safer Labs in Ethiopia by Sherrie Staley, MPH, manager, Global Health In collaboration with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Eagleson Institute, APHL has launched a Biological Safety Cabinet (BSC) Certification Program to train maintenance engineers at the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) to assess and maintain BSCs. The program is designed to build workforce capacity and protect BSC users while addressing the biosafety/biosecurity target of the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA). APHL is an active partner in that initiative. Ethiopia hopes to establish EPHI as a national center for maintenance and certification of BSCs, thus reducing the need to procure expensive assistance from outside, and to position the institute as a regional resource for BSC training, maintenance and certification. In addition to improving biosafety practices at EPHI, Ethiopia hopes to establish EPHI as a national center for maintenance and certification of BSCs, thus reducing the need to procure expensive assistance from outside, and to position the institute as a regional resource for BSC training, maintenance and certification. The BSC Certification Program combines training, mentoring and hand