CLIMVIB NEWS

EU CBRN CoE Project 46- WP5 National Training Workshop in Lao People’s Democratic Republic -THANK YOU!
10th May 2018

The Project 46 Work Package 5 National Training workshop on Biological Waste Management was successfully implemented from May 7th to May 10th at Hotel Mercure Vientiane, Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic.
We want to thank all the participants and the lecturers for taking part in the training session and for sharing their knowledge and expertise on the topic during these intense and fruitful days.
Heads of Laboratory, technical officers and experts from different institutions and departments had the chance to meet and debate the main issues related to biological waste management and compare the role played by each of them in the process.
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EU CBRN CoE Project 46- WP5 National Training Workshop in Lao People’s Democratic Republic
7th May 2018

We are pleased to announce that today, Monday 7th May, the second appointment with the National Traning Workshop on Biological Waste Management started at Hotel Mercure Vientiane, Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic. The training session has been formally kicked-off by Mr. Chittaphong Ackhavong, Deputy Director General of the Department of Planning Cooperation, Ministry of Science and Technology, Lao PDR and Mr. Francois Pravongviengkham, Political Advisor from the EU Delegation to Lao PDR.The workshop, included in Project 46 Work Package 5 “Risk assessment, transport and management of hazardous biological waste”, involves 30 participants from several organizations. In addition to lectures delivered by our project experts, it foresees group discussions, practical exercises and a visit to a local landfill. Read more 

 

EU CBRN CoE Project 46- WP5 National Training Workshop in Brunei Darussalam
30th April 2018

We are really glad to announce that today, Monday 30th April, the National Training Workshop on Biological Waste Management officially started at Radisson Hotel in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam.
This first day was formally opened by Mr. Muhsin Haji Ahmad, the National Focal Point of Brunei Darussalam and HE Mr. Peter Hermann Wolff, Ambassador of Germany to Brunei Darussalam, who delivered a speech on behalf of the European Union. During the four days of workshop – part of Project 46 Work Package 5 “Risk assessment, transport and management of hazardous biological waste” – different groups of trainees, involved in the biological waste management process at different levels, will have the chance to deepen their knowledge on the topic. Read more

 

UPCOMING! Project 46 WP5 Biological Waste National Training Workshops
24th April 2018

The appointment with the Biological Waste National Training Workshops of EU CBRN CoE Project 46, within the framework of Work Package 5 “Risk assessment, transport and management of hazardous biological waste”, are going to be held in six different countries in the upcoming months! Prof. Philippe Le Coustumer, International Short-Term Expert, and Dr. Philippe Stroot, Key Expert 2, will be the Lecturers of the workshop, that will host a maximum of 30 participants previously nominated by National Focal Points in each country. During the workshops attendees will have the chance to deepen their knowledge of biological waste management through the lectures, presentations and group exercise, but also to discuss the specific needs of laboratory experts in terms of waste generation, segregation, packaging and on-site treatment. Read more

 

EBSA CONFERENCE – CLIMVIB will be there!
4th April 2018

We are really glad to announce that we will be part of the next EBSA Conference (The Annual Conference of the European Biosafety Association) that will take place in Copenhagen, from 17th to 20th of April. The EBSA Conference is one of the major global Biosafety and Biosecurity events of the year. During the Pre-Conference a broad selection of courses as well as a lot of high impact debates will be provided. The goal of the Conference is to provide a meeting in which the professionals can discuss the challenges that arise as a consequence of changing environments, emerging infectious diseases, developing risk assessment concepts and new technologies. The Conference is a forum for dialogue and comparison for professionals that work in this fields, from students to specialized experts. Read more

 

Laboratory Biosafety Training Course – Thank You!
16th March 2018

The fourth edition of the Laboratory Biosafety Training Course ended today.
It has been a very intense learning week for all the participants! They had the chance not only to attend theoretical and practical lessons on Biorisk management, but also to visit two important departments at our premises: the Infectious Disease Department and the Core-Lab. Furthermore, eight out of nine participants had the opportunity to take the IFBA Examination in order to obtain the professional certification in Biorisk management.
The course ended with the delivery of the Certificate of attendance for all the nine participants that came from all over the world to spend a week under the banner of  Biosafety and Biosecurity. Read More 

 

Laboratory Biosafety Training Course 2018 – Welcome!
12th March 2018

We are glad to announce that the fourth edition of the Laboratory Biosafety Training Course was kicked-off this morning with a welcome speech from Prof. Maria Rita Gismondo, Director of our Laboratory of Clinical Microbiology, Virology and Bioemergencies.
During this forth edition of the training course, nine participants from all-over the world will have the chance to learn in both theoretical and practical sessions the basic notions of biorisk management (including biosafety and biosecurity).
We wish them all a fruitful learning-week!
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EU CBRN CoE Project 46 – Work Package 5 Country Mission – Brunei Darussalam 5-7 February 2018
7th February 2018

The last Country Mission organized in the framework of Work Package 5 of the EU CBRN CoE Project 46, started the last 5th February 2018 in Brunei Darussalam. Our Key Expert 2, Dr. Philippe Stroot will be visiting several different facilities in the country, for the purposes of Work Package 5. Beyond the visits, several meetings with the relevant ministries and organizations will take place during the week, until Wednesday 7th February 2018. These activities, will be the occasion for our expert to gain a thorough understanding of the biological waste management procedures in Brunei Darussalam.
The site visit has been organized with the support of the National Focal Points of Brunei DarussalamMr. Hj Muhsin Bin Hj Ahmad and Mr. Shazwi Sadikin. Read more

 

Last chance for early registration- Laboratory Biosafety Training Course 2018
30th January 2018


Today is the occasion to remind you that tomorrow, 31st January, 2018, will be the last day for the early registration to the Laboratory Biosafety Training Course. Why don’t you take advantage of it and send an email with the registration form filled in to info@climvib.eu? On our dedicated webpage, you will find our training course brochure, the schedule with all the theoretical and practical activities, the short-bios of our lecturers, as well as and the registration form. We can only have a limited number of participants and interested people are more and more, so hurry up!
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International Symposium
17th January 2018

It is our sincerest regret to inform you that the 8th Annual International Symposium on Biosafety and Biosecurity: Future Trends and Solutions” will not be held from 19th to 21st March, 2018, for organizational reasons.
New dates have yet to be defined.
Do not hesitate to contact the Symposium Secretariat (secretary.bioemergency@climvib.eu) for further information.

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IFBA’s professional certification- Exam Session
15th January 2018

It is with great pleasure that we would like to inform you that the date for the IFBA’s Professional Certification in Biorisk Management Examination (International Federation of Biosafety Associations) has been set. The upcoming examination session will be held on Thursday 15th March, 2018, at Luigi Sacco University Hospital in Milan (from 13:30 to 16:00). More information about the exam (certification, scholarship opportunities and list of countries eligible for international scholarship certification fee) and all the useful documents regarding the Laboratory Biosafety Training Course 2018 (program, brochure and the registration form) are available on our dedicated website.
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Project READy
19th December 2017

We are pleased to announce that the project READy – Network REgionAle for the development of Diagnostic methods in rapid response to emerging epidemics and bio-emergencies, funded by the Lombardy Region – has officially started. READy creates a scientific network of excellence dedicated to the development of technological platforms for a rapid response to bio-emergencies, with specific attention to emerging tropical diseases on the regional and Italian territory due to the increase of tourists and migratory flows as well as climate changes that increase the proliferation of “natural” vectors such as mosquitoes. The network is made up of three industrial companies in Lombardy, two research institutes, three academic partners and ASST Fatebenefratelli Sacco – PO Sacco. Read more

 

EDCTP ENDORSE FINAL CONFERENCE, Gulu – Uganda – THANK YOU!
19th December 2017

The Final Conference was successfully implemented on 14th November, 2017 at Global Friendship Hotel, Goans quarters Plot 3 Okello Okeno Road Gulu, Uganda. We wish to thank all of our local hosts once again for supporting ENDORSE Project. The Final Conference was the very last phase of ENDORSE Project, and its main objective was the presentation of the project results, both from the implementers and the beneficiaries’ points of view. In addition, the event was a unique occasion to identify and debate ways forward with the contribution of the participants. Last but not least, we are grateful to all the participant for their proactive contribution which created a dynamic learning environment and made the workshop a real success!
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EU CBRN CoE Project 46 – Work Package 5 Country Mission – Philippines 11-15 December 2017
13th December 2017

The fourth Country Mission organized in the framework of Work Package 5 of the EU CBRN CoE Project 46, started the last 11th December 2017 in the Philippines. Our Key Expert 2, Dr. Philippe Stroot, together with the International Short Term Expert Dr. Philippe Le Coustumer will be visiting several different facilities in the country, for the purposes of Work Package 5. Beyond the visits, several meetings with the relevant ministries and organizations will take place during the week, until Friday 15th December 2017. These activities, will be the occasion for our experts to gain a thorough understanding of the biological waste management procedures in the Philippines.
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EU CBRN CoE Project 46 – NLEs Workshop in Brunei Darussalam – THANK YOU!
29th November 2017

 The National Laboratory Experts Workshop on Biorisk Management was successfully implemented on 27-28 November, 2017 in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam.
We wish to thank all of our local hosts once again for supporting Project 46 and the NLEs Workshop of Brunei. Our sincerest appreciation goes to Ms Sia Fwu Shii and Mr Woo Boon Chu who performed outstandingly as trainers on this occasion and are committed to continue the knowledge transfer.
A special thanks goes to Mr Shazwi Sadikin and Ms Azah Rahman for the continuous support they offered for the organization and implementation of this event.
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EDCTP ENDORSE FINAL CONFERENCE, Gulu – Uganda
29th November 2017

We are pleased to announce the upcoming Final Conference which will be held on December 14th at St. Mary’s Lacor Hospital, in Gulu, Uganda. The Final Conference is the very last phase of ENDORSE Project, and its main objective will be the presentation of the project results, both from the implementers and the beneficiaries’ points of view. In addition, the event will be a unique occasion to identify and debate ways forward with the contribution of the participants. ENDORSE main purpose is capacity building in the region of Northern Uganda by training healthcare workers in biosafety and personal protection from infectious agents in both laboratory and patient-care settings.
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Project 46 DET FINAL WORKSHOP in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam – THANK YOU!
28th November 2017

The DET Final Workshop on Design, Construction, Operation and Maintenance of Biological Laboratory was successfully implemented on 21-22 October, 2017 at Radisson Hotel Brunei Darussalam in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam. We wish to thank all of our local hosts once again for supporting Project 46 and the DET Final Workshop of Brunei Darussalam. The workshop followed Phase 1 (Workshop I and Workshop II) of the project, where 34 delegates involved in the programme from the participating South-East Asian countries, namely Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam, were trained as DET in the field of Design, Construction, Operation and Maintenance of Biological Laboratories.
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EU CBRN CoE Project 46 – NLEs Workshop in Brunei Darussalam
27th November 2017

It is with great pleasure that we announce that today, Monday 27 November 2017 the National Laboratory Experts Workshop on Biorisk Management was launched in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam. The workshop was formally opened by Mr Shazwi Sadikin – National Focal Point II for Brunei Darussalam – and H.E. Ms Loan Forgeron – Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of France in Brunei Darussalam, who delivered remarks on behalf of the European Union. The event, which will last until tomorrow, Tuesday 28 November 2017, is the occasion for the two trained BET from Brunei Darussalam – Ms Sia Fwu Shii and Mr. Woo Boon Chu – to train 15 National Laboratory Experts from the country, bringing into practice what they learned during previous project training.  Read more

Project 46 DET Final Workshop in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
21st November 2017

As previously announced on our website, the DET Final Workshop on Design, Construction, Operation and Maintenance of Biological Laboratory was successfully opened today at Radisson Hotel Brunei Darussalam in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam.
The opening ceremony included welcome remarks by Awang Mohamed Riza bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohamed Yunos, Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office and Dr. Robert Frank, Regional Cooperation Officer for South-East Asia for the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace, Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines.
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Project 46 DET Final Workshop in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
8th November 2017

It is our pleasure to announce the DET Final Workshop, which will be held in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam, on November 21st-22nd 2017 (venue Radisson Hotel Brunei Darussalam) in the framework of EU CBRN CoE Project 46.
The DET final workshop is Phase 2 of the Regional Design Expert Team (DET) Training Programme implemented as part of the project Work Package 3 (WP3).
In addition, the event is a unique occasion for the DET to meet their colleagues of the Regional Biorisk Expert Team (BET) who were also trained in the framework of WP3 of Component 2. The detailed programme of the workshop will be available soon. Read more

 

SAVE THE DATE – Laboratory Biosafety Training Course 2018
7th November 2017

It is with great pleasure that we would like to inform you that the dates for the fourth edition of our “Laboratory Biosafety Training Course” have been set. The upcoming Training Course will be held from 12th to 16th March, 2018, at Luigi Sacco University Hospital in Milan. The training course, organized by the Chair of Clinical Microbiology (University of Milan) and by the Laboratory of Clinical Microbiology, Virology and Bioemergencies of ASST Fatebenefrateli Sacco, is a five-day hands-on course. The programme will introduce biorisk and biorisk management systems and will mainly focus on biosafety measures. In addition, participants from all over the world will have the unique opportunity to experience what they have learned in theoretical lessons through tailored practical exercise in our facilities. Read more

 

EU CBRN CoE Projet 46 – NLEs Workshop in Kuala Lumpur– THANK YOU!
2nd November 2017

The National Laboratory Experts (NLE) Workshop on Biorisk Management of Malaysia was successfully implemented on 30-31 October, 2017 at InterContinental Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur.
We wish to thank all of our local hosts once again for supporting Project 46 and the NLEs Workshop of Malaysia.Our sincerest appreciation goes to Dr. Azham Zulkharnain, Senior Lecturer at the Universiti of Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) and Ms. TS Saraswathy Subramaniam, Senior Research officer and Biosafety Officer at the Institute for Medical Research (IMR), who performed outstandingly as trainers on this occasion and are committed to continue the knowledge transfer and cascading.
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EU CBRN CoE Projet 46 – NLEs Workshop in Manila – THANK YOU!
30th October 2017

The National Laboratory Experts (NLE) Workshop on Biorisk Management of the Philippines was successfully implemented on 25-27 October, 2017 at Hotel Kimberly, Manila.The final closing and graduation ceremony was attended by Maj. Gen. Danilo Servando, Head of Secretariat of the Regional Secretariat for South East Asia of the EU CBRN CoE Initiative. In addition, representatives of the local host organizations Dr. Cecilia A. Jimeno, Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, UP Manila, Prof. Marohren C. Tobias-Altura, Professor and Chair of the Department of Medical Microbiology, UP Manila, and Dr. Socorro P. Lupisan, Medical Director of Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, joined the closing ceremony as well. Read more 

 

EU CBRN CoE Projet 46 – Opening of the NLEs Workshop in Kuala Lumpur
30th October 2017

The National Laboratory Experts (NLE) Workshop on Biorisk Management of Malaysia was successfully
opened today at InterContinental Hotel Kuala Lumpur in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The opening ceremony included welcome remarks by Dr. Lum Wan Liang.
The event is part of Phase 2 of the Regional Biorisk Expert Team (BET) training pathway designed and implemented in
the framework of EU CBRN CoE Project 46 (European Union Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative).
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EU CBRN CoE Project 46 – NLEs Workshop in Luang Prabang
25th October 2017

The National Laboratory Experts (NLE) Workshop on Biorisk Management of Lao PDR was successfully opened today at Luang Prabang Health Service Office, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR.The opening ceremony included welcome remarks by Mr Phuothanouthong Xaysombath, National Focal Point for Lao PDR and Dr Amphone Phalammixay, Director of the Department of Health Service, Luang Prabang province. The event is part of Phase 2 of the Regional Biorisk Expert Team (BET) training pathway designed and implemented in the framework of EU CBRN CoE Project 46 (European Union Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative).deliver the training for the benefit of the 14 participants selected at the national level. Read more

 

EU CBRN CoE Projet 46 – Opening of the NLEs Workshop in Manila
25th October 2017

The National Laboratory Experts (NLE) Workshop on Biorisk Management of the Philippines was successfully opened today at Hotel Kimberly, Manila. The opening ceremony included welcome remarks by Col. José Embang Jr. and Dr. Robert Frank, Regional Cooperation Officer for South-East Asia, from the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines, as well as a Keynote Message by Prof. Dr. Irma R. Makalinao, University of the Philippines – Manila. The event is part of Phase 2 of the Regional Biorisk Expert Team (BET) training pathway designed and implemented in the framework of EU CBRN CoE Project 46 (European Union Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative).
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EU CBRN CoE Project 46 – Work Package 5 Country Mission – Lao PDR 18-22 September 2017
18th September 2017

As previously announced on our website, the third Country Mission organized in the framework of Work Package 5 of the EU CBRN CoE Project 46, started today, 18th September 2017 in Lao PDR.
Our Key Expert 2, Dr. Philippe Stroot, together with the International Short Term Expert, Dr. Philippe Le Coustumer, and the logistical support of Mr. Mirko Palestrino will be visiting several different facilities in the country, for the purposes of Work Package 5.
Beyond the visits, several meetings with the relevant ministries and organizations will take place during the week, until Friday 22nd September 2017.
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EU CBRN CoE Projet 46 – NLEs Workshop in Mandalay, Myanmar
13th September 2017

The National Laboratory Experts (NLE) Workshop on Biosafety, Biosecurity and Biorisk Management took place on 11-12 September in Mandalay, Republic of the Union of Myanmar. The workshop is organized within the framework of the European Union (EU) Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative (CBRN CoE). The abovementioned event is part of Phase 2 of the Regional Biorisk Expert Team (BET) training pathways of Project 46.  Dr. Wah Wah Aung from the Department of Medical Research (Ministry of Health and Sport) and Dr. Kinh Mar Mya from the Biotechnology Research Department (Ministry of the Education), who were previously trained as BET trainers under the same project, delivered the training for the benefit of the 15 participants selected at the national level. Read more

 

EU CBRN CoE Project 46 – Work Package 5 Country Mission – Myanmar 11-15 September 2017
13th September 2017

As previously announced on our website, the second Country Mission organized in the framework of Work Package 5 of the EU CBRN CoE Project 46, started the last 11th September 2017 in Myanmar. Our Key Expert 2, Dr. Philippe Stroot, together with the International Short Term Expert, Dr. Philippe Le Coustumer, and the logistical support of Mr. Mirko Palestrino are currently visiting several different facilities in the country, for the purposes of Work Package 5. Beyond the visits, several meetings with the relevant ministries and organizations will take place during the week, until Friday 15th September 2017. These activities, will be the occasion for our experts to gain a thorough understanding of the biological waste management procedures in MyanmarRead more

 

 

EU CBRN CoE Project 46 – NLEs Workshop in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
4th September 2017

 The National Laboratory Experts Workshop on Biosafety, Biosecurity Biorisk Management is taking place in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, from 4 to 6 August 2017. The workshop was opened this morning by H.E. Lt. Gen. Ke Da – National Focal Point of Cambodia – and by Ms. Genoveva Hernández Uriz – Chargé d’Affairs a.i. from the Delegation of the European Union to Cambodia. During these three days, the two BET members from Cambodia – namely Dr. Sau Sokunna (Ministry of Health) and Mr. Mao Seanghorn (Preah Ket Melea Hospital) – will be training 15 National Laboratory Experts from Cambodia. The programme will introduce the NLEs to biosafety, biosecurity and biorisk management.
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EU CBRN CoE Project 46 – Work Package 5 Country Mission – Cambodia 4-8 September 2017
4th September 2017

Today 4th September 2017, the first Country Mission organized in the framework of Work Package 5 of the EU CBRN CoE Project 46, started in Cambodia. Our Key Expert 2, Dr. Philippe Stroot, together with the International Short Term Expert, Dr. Philippe Le Coustumer, and the logistical support of Mr. Mirko Palestrino will be visiting several different facilities in the country, for the purposes of Work Package 5. Beyond the visits, several meetings with the relevant ministries and organization will take place during the week, until Friday 8th September 2017. These activities, will be the occasion for our experts to gain a thorough understanding of the biological waste management procedures in Cambodia.
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EU CBRN CoE Project 46 – NLEs Workshop in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
29th August 2017

The National Laboratory Experts Workshop on Biorisk Management is taking place at the premises of the Pasteur Institute of Ho Chi Minh City, in Viet Nam, from 29 to 31 August 2017.The workshop was opened this morning by Dr. Hoang Quoc Cuong – Deputy Director of the Training Centre of the Pasteur Institute of Ho Chi Minh City – and by Mr. Pham Hai Anh – Deputy Director General of the Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and National Focal Point II of Viet Nam. During these three days, the two BET members from Viet Nam – namely Dr. Vu Thi Que Huong (Pasteur Institute of Ho Chi Minh City) and Ms. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Ha (National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology) – will be training 15 National Laboratory Experts from Viet Nam. Read more

 

EDCTP ENDORSE T-t-T Phase 2 implemented in Dr. Ambrosoli Memorial Hospital Kalongo
7th August 2017

EDCTP ENDORSE Train the Trainers (T-t- T) Phase 2 training course was implemented
successfully between 2 to 4 of August 2017 at Dr. Ambrosoli Memorial Hospital Kalongo under the auspices of the hospital administration, thanks to the great devotion of the trainers and the productive interaction of the participants.
The course delivered by ENDORSE T-t-T Phase 1 alumni by virtue of the teaching and knowledge sharing skills trainers gained during adult learning sessions for the benefit of 14 pre-selected participants, who are 12 clinical and laboratory personnel of the hospital and 2 participants from St. Mary’s Midwifery Training School, constructed the hospital Emergency Response Team. Read more

 

EDCTP ENDORSE T-t-T Phase 2 implemented in Anaka General Hospital
4th August 2017

ENDORSE Train the Trainers (T-t-T) Phase 2 training course took place successfully between 27 to 29 July 2017 at Anaka General Hospital under the auspices of the hospital administration, thanks to the devotion of the trainers and the productive interaction of the participants.
The training course was implemented for the benefit of 15 pre-selected participants, who are clinical and laboratory personnel of the hospital delivered by ENDORSE T-t-T Phase 1 alumni.
During this 3 days training course, participants had chance to receive knowledge on their field of work through theoretical sessions and they directly experience donning and doffing of PPEs at practical sessions.
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EDCTP ENDORSE T-t-T Phase implemented in Gulu Regional Referral Hospital
4th August 2017

Thanks to the great auspices of the hospital administration, devotion of the trainers and attentiveness of the participants ENDORSE Train the Trainers (T-t-T) Phase 2 course has been successfully implemented in Gulu Regional Referral Hospital premises between 27 to 28 of July 2017.
The training course was delivered by ENDORSE T-t-T Phase 1 alumni and implemented for the benefit of 12 pre-selected participants comprised clinical and laboratory personnel of the hospital.
By virtue of the teaching and knowledge sharing skills trainers gained during adult learning sessions in ENDORSE Phase 1, during this 2 days training course, Phase 2 participants were fully engaged with both theoretical and practical sessions. Read more

 

EDCTP ENDORSE T-t-T Phase 2 implemented at Gulu Military Hospital
3rd August 2017

EDCTP ENDORSE Train the Trainers (T-t-T) Phase 2 training course was implemented successfully between 24th to 26th of July 2017 at Gulu Military Hospital for the benefit of 14 pre-selected participants, who are clinical and laboratory personnel of the hospital. The course delivered by ENDORSE T-t-T Phase 1 alumni by virtue of the teaching and knowledge sharing skills trainers gained during adult learning sessions. During this 3 days training course,  participants had chance to receive knowledge on their field of work through theoretical sessions and they directly experience donning and doffing of PPEs at practical sessions. The course became an open dialogue area by fruitful discussions between participants, hospital trainers and the ENDORSE Project Team on biosafety at the hospitals and in particular in case of an emergency outbreak. Read more

 

EDCTP ENDORSE T-t-T Phase 2 implemented at St. Mary’s Lacor Hospital
28th July 2017

Thanks to the great auspices of the hospital administration, devotion of the trainers and attentiveness of the participants ENDORSE  Train the Trainers (T-t-T) Phase 2 course has been successfully implemented in St. Mary’s Lacor Hospital premises from 24th to 26th of July 2017.
The training course was delivered by ENDORSE T-t-T Phase 1 alumni and implemented for the benefit of 20 pre-selected participants comprised of 14 clinical and laboratory personnel of the hospital – including the president of Epidemic Preparedness Committee – and 6 health-care officers from lower health facilities of the district. During this 3 days training course both theoretical and practical sessions became a scene for interactive dialogues with the trainers and the ENDORSE team. Read more

 

EDCTP ENDORSE T-t-T Phase 2 implemented at Gulu Independent Hospital
25th July 2017

EDCTP ENDORSE Train the Trainers (T-t-T) Phase 2 training course was implemented successfully for the benefit of 12 pre-selected participants, who are clinical and laboratory personnel of the hospital, between 20th to 22nd July 2017 at the Gulu Independent Hospital.
The course delivered by ENDORSE T-t-T Phase 1 alumni by virtue of the teaching and knowledge sharing skills trainers gained during adult learning sessions.
Thanks to the fully engaged participants during this 3 days training course both theoretical and practical sessions became a scene for interactive dialogues with the trainers and the ENDORSE team.
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EDCTP ENDORSE T-t-T Phase 2 implemented at St. Joseph Kitgum Hospital
25th July 2017

ENDORSE Train the Trainers (T-t-T) Phase 2 training course took place successfully between 20th to 22nd July 2017 at St. Joseph Kitgum Hospital under the great auspices of the hospital administration, thanks to the devotion of the trainers and to the attentiveness of the participants. The training course was delivered by ENDORSE T-t-T Phase 1 alumni and implemented for the benefit of 12 pre-selected participants, who are 10 health-care officers of the hospital and 2 health-care officers from Padibe Mission Health Care Center.
By virtue of the teaching and knowledge sharing skills trainers gained during adult learning sessions in ENDORSE Phase 1, during this 3 days training course, Phase 2 participants were fully engaged with both theoretical and practical sessions. Read more

 

EDCTP ENDORSE T-t-T Phase 2 implemented at Pope John’s Aber Hospital
24th July 2017

ENDORSE Train the Trainers (T-t-T) Phase 2 training course took place successfully between 17th to 19th July 2017 at Pope John’s Hospital Aber under the auspices of the hospital administration, thanks to the devotion of the trainers and the productive interaction of the participants.
The training course was implemented for the benefit of 16 pre-selected participants, who are clinical and laboratory personnel of the hospital delivered by ENDORSE T-t-T Phase 1 alumni.
By virtue of the teaching and knowledge sharing skills trainers gained during adult learning sessions in ENDORSE Phase 1, during this 3 days training course, Phase 2 participants were fully engaged with both theoretical and practical sessions. Read more

 

EDCTP ENDORSE T-t-T Phase 2 implemented at Kitgum General Hospital
24th  July 2017

ENDORSE Train the Trainers (T-t-T) Phase 2 training course took place successfully between 17 to 19th of July 2017 Kitgum General Hospital under the auspices of the hospital administration, thanks to the devotion of the trainers and the productive interaction of the participants.
The training course was implemented for the benefit of 13 pre-selected participants, who are clinical and laboratory personnel of the hospital and delivered by ENDORSE T-t-T Phase 1 alumni.
The course was a good opportunity for participants to develop new skills and improve their knowledge at their field of work.
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CLIMVIB at 15th edition of the European Meeting on HIV & Hepatitis in Rome
25th May 2017
We are pleased to announce that CLIMVIB will be participating to the 15th edition of the European Meeting on HIV & Hepatitis – Treatment Strategies & Anviral Drug Resistance, to be held 7 – 9 June 2017 at the Roma Eventi – Fontana di Trevi Conference Centre in Rome, Italy. “The European HIV and Hepatitis meeting was started 15 years ago with the objective to provide infectious disease clinicians and clinical virologists involved in antiviral clinical practice and research with an opportunity to share data and discuss their clinical application.”
The meeting has now become “the premier European platform for clinicians and clinical virologists to discuss the latest developments in antiviral therapy for HIV, HCV and HBV and for translating them into new treatment strategies to further improve clinical care”. Read more

 

CLIMVIB at ICAR 2017 – Siena (Italy), June 12-14, 2017
25th May 2017

We are pleased to announce that CLIMVIB will be participating to the 9th edition of the Italian Conference on AIDS and Antiviral Research (ICAR 2017), which will be held in Siena (Italy), on June 12-14, 2017. As broadcasted in the conference website, the purpose of ICAR2017 “ will be to present and discuss innovations and advances in the field of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the major viral infections, resulting from the interaction among epidemiology, basic research, virology, clinical research and the needs of patient associations, reserving great visibility to young researchers and representatives of the community […]”. Dr. Valeria Micheli,will contribute to the conference with his work.
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CLIMVIB Team will take part at the 1st Scientific International Conference on CBRNe – Rome – 22, 23, 24 May 2017
19th May 2017

CLIMVIB team will participate in the First Scientific International Conference (SICC) on Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and explosive (CBRNe) which will take place in Rome, Italy from Monday 22nd until Wednesday 24th May 2017.
The conference has an important goal of “creating a synergic global community of experts” on safety and security issues in the field of CBRNe, as well as to promote internationally and disseminate the culture on the prevention and mitigation of CBRNe events.
CLIMVIB team will take part in SICC with two posters in two sessions. Read more

 

ENDORSE Train-the-Trainer Course Phase 1 delivered with great success
12th May 2017

We are proud to share that EDCTP ENDORSE Train-the-Trainer (T-t-T) course Phase 1 delivered with great success at the city of Gulu in Northern Uganda. Counting on the adherence of the 9 Associate Hospitals involved in the Project, the event took place at St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor premises between 24th to 29th of April 2017.  The T-t-T Phase 1 reached the objectives proposed in the work plan of the ENDORSE Project thanks to its’ devoted team of trainers and fully engaged healthcare officer participants.
It provided important opportunity for exchange of knowledge among local and international partners and provided practical sessions that will help healthcare officers of the Associate Hospitals to take immediate action when it is needed. Read more

 

UPCOMING!-Treatment of Infections from HIV and HCV: Present and Future Scenarios 2. 0
5th May2017

The University of Milan, with L. Sacco University Hospital and the Laboratory of Clinical Microbiology, Virology and Bioemergencies – CLIMVIB organize the congress “Treatment of Infections from HIV and HCV: Present and Future Scenarios 2.0”. The event will be held next Tuesday, May 9th, and will take place at the L. Sacco University Hospital, Via G. B. Grassi  74 – Milano.  The congress is a unique opportunity for the medical community to update about the new treatments for HIV and HCV, also related with pharmacology. Moreover, the event will be an important moment of discussion among health professionals from several cities in Italy.
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ENDORSE Train-the-Trainer Course – Phase 1, Gulu – Uganda
27th April 2017

The ENDORSE Train-the-Trainer course – Phase 1 which is taking place at St. Mary’s Lacor Hospital, in Gulu, Uganda, started this last Monday (April 24th) and will continue until Saturday.
These first days have been very productive, with a good participation from all the 9 Associated Hospitals.
The TtT has been providing important moments of knowledge exchange and practical sessions. Until now some of the topics covered were: Biological agents, Viral Hemorrhagic Fever, Personal Protective Equipment, Public Health Measures for Epidemics and Epidemiology and Clinical Features of VHFs and Main Uganda Infectious Diseases. Check bellow some pictures from the course.
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Laboratory Biosafety Training Course 2017 – Thank you!
6th April 2018

From March 27th to 31st, CLIMVIB hosted the third edition of Laboratory Biosafety Training Course in Milan, Italy.
The Laboratory Biosafety Training Course, organized by Prof. Maria Rita Gismondo, Chair of Clinical Microbiology at the University of Milan and by the Laboratory of Clinical Microbiology, Virology and Bioemergencies of ASST Fatebenefratelli Sacco University Hospital of Milan with the patronage of the Italian National Institute of Health (ISS – Istituto Superiore di Sanità), is a five-day hands-on training course aimed at training laboratory professionals in biosafety and biorisk management according to the highest international standards.
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7th Annual International Symposium Huge Success – Thank You!
30th March 2017

From March 22nd to 24th 2017, the 7th edition of the Annual International Symposium “Biosecurity and Biosafety: Future Trends and Solutions” was held at Palazzo Marino and Palazzo Greppi in Milan, Italy. Once again the conference was a huge success: participants enjoyed a packed programme of plenaries and a lively social programme where highly regarded specialists from around the world gave presentations and had the opportunity to meet and exchange views and experiences on current biosecurity and biosafety issues, as well as to expand their network.
On Thursday night (March 23rd), the party got going at the exclusive Gala Dinner at the Teulié Military School, where everybody was dressed to impress, giving a night to remember! Read more

 

Project 46 DET Training Course Part II – Thank You!
30th March 2017

As previously announced on our website, the second of two training courses on Design, Construction and Management of Containment Laboratory was conducted from March 20th to 24th in Ha Noi, Viet Nam. This last part of the Training Course is set in the framework of Component 2 – Work Package 3 “Coordination, analysis, and training course development on biosafety, biosecurity and bio-risk management” of the EU CBRN CoE Project 46 “Enhancement of CBRN capacities of South East Asia in addressing CBRN risk mitigation concerning CBRN first response, biosafety and biosecurity, awareness raising and legal framework”.  The event focused on an in-depth, practical overview on the design, construction, operation and the maintenance of microbiological laboratory facilities, following the first part of the Training Course, held in February in Metro Manila, Philippines. Read more

 

Project 46 BET Workshop Part II  – Thank You!
30th March 2017

As previously announced on our website, the second of two training workshops on Biosafety and Biosecurity for Sustainable Biorisk Management was conducted from March 20th to 24th in Yangon, Myanmar. This last part of the Workshop is set in the framework of Component 2 – Work Package 3 “Coordination, analysis, and training course development on biosafety, biosecurity and bio-risk management” of the EU CBRN CoE Project 46 “Enhancement of CBRN capacities of South East Asia in addressing CBRN risk mitigation concerning CBRN first response, biosafety and biosecurity, awareness raising and legal framework”. The event focused on specific aspects of biorisk management and implementation of a biorisk management program or system, following the first part of the Workshop, held in February in Vientiane, Lao PDR. Read more

 

UPCOMING! Laboratory Biosafety Training Course 2017
20th March 2017

 We are glad to remind that our next edition of the “Laboratory Biosafety Training Course” is going to start next week, being held from 27th to 31st March, at the Laboratory of Clinical Microbiology, Virology and Bioemergencies of “Luigi Sacco” University Hospital, in Milan. The training course, organized by the Chair of Clinical Microbiology (University of Milan) and by the Laboratory of Clinical Microbiology, Virology and Bioemergencies of L. Sacco University Hospital, is a five-day hands-on course.
The programme will introduce biorisk and biorisk management systems and will mainly focus on biosafety measures.
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BET-DET Memories!
10th March 2017

While waiting for the pictures of  BET Workshop II in Yangon and DET Training Course Part II in Hanoi, both implemented in the framework of of Component 2 – Work Package 3 “Coordination, analysis, and training course development on biosafety, biosecurity and bio-risk management” of the EU CBRN CoE Project 46 “Enhancement of CBRN capacities of South East Asia in addressing CBRN risk mitigation concerning CBRN first response, biosafety and biosecurity, awareness raising and legal framework”, we would like to share this collection of pictures and videos taken during BET Workshop I and DET Training Course Part I, held respectively in Vientiane and Manila last February.
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UPCOMING! Project 46 DET Training Course Part II – Hanoi
9th March 2017

The second part of the “Facility design, construction, operation and management” Training Course is going to be held from 20th to 24th March, at the National Institute of Hygiene And Epidemiology in Hanoi, Vietnam is now only two weeks away!
The upper mentioned Training Course is implemented in the framework of Component 2 – Work Package 3 “Coordination, analysis, and training course development on biosafety, biosecurity and bio-risk management” of the EU CBRN CoE Project 46 “Enhancement of CBRN capacities of South East Asia in addressing CBRN risk mitigation concerning CBRN first response, biosafety and biosecurity, awareness raising and legal framework”.
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UPCOMING! Project 46 BET Workshop Part II – Yangon
9th March 2017

The second part of the “Biosafety and biosecurity training for sustainable biorisk management” workshop, focusing on “Specific aspects of biorisk management & implementation of biorisk management program or system” is going to be held from 20th to 24th March, at Summit Parkview Hotel Hotel, in Yangon, Myanmar, is now only two weeks away!
The upper mentioned Workshop is implemented in the framework of Component 2 – Work Package 3 “Coordination, analysis, and training course development on biosafety, biosecurity and bio-risk management” of the EU CBRN CoE Project 46 “Enhancement of CBRN capacities of South East Asia in addressing CBRN risk mitigation concerning CBRN first response, biosafety and biosecurity, awareness raising and legal framework”Read more

 

Project 46 DET Training Course Part I “Facility design, construction, operation and management” – Thank You!
17th February 2017

As previously announced on our website, from February 6th to 10th 2017, DET Training Course Part I of Project 46 Component 2 “Facility design, construction, operation and management” was held in Manila, Philippines.
The Training Course is part of Component 2 – Work Package 3 “Coordination, analysis, and training course development on biosafety, biosecurity and bio-risk management” of the EU CBRN CoE Project 46 “Enhancement of CBRN capacities of South East Asia in addressing CBRN risk mitigation concerning CBRN first response, biosafety and biosecurity, awareness raising and legal framework”.  The event was hosted by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), in Metro Manila, Philippines.
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Project 46 Workshop I “Biosafety and Biosecurity training for sustainable biorisk management” – Thank You!
17th February 2017

As previously announced on our website, from February 6th to 10th 2017, BET Training Workshop I of Project 46 Component 2 “Biosafety and biosecurity training for sustainable biorisk management” was held in Vientiane, Lao PDR. The Training Workshop is part of Component 2 – Work Package 3 “Coordination, analysis, and training course development on biosafety, biosecurity and bio-risk management” of the EU CBRN CoE Project 46 “Enhancement of CBRN capacities of South East Asia in addressing CBRN risk mitigation concerning CBRN first response, biosafety and biosecurity, awareness raising and legal framework”.  The event was hosted by the Institute Pasteur du Lao, in Vientiane, Lao PDR.
The second part of the workshop will be held from 20th to 24th March, 2017 in Yangon, Myanmar.  Read more

2017 ASM Biothreats Meeting – L.Sacco Hospital participating
6th February 2017

We are glad to inform that L.Sacco Hospital’s CLIMVIB is participating at the 2017 ASM Biothreats: Research, Response, and Policy meeting  that will be held from February 6th to February 8th, 2017 at Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC. CLIMVIB staff will take part to this event with two posters on the following topics :“Ebola Virus Outbreak: Bioemergency Containment Protocol in Lombardia, Italy” and “Facing the Bioemergency: An Integrated Team Based Approach in Lombardia, Italy”. The meeting, formerly known as the ASM Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting, will discuss a wide-range of biological threats and emerging infectious diseases to stimulate knowledge-sharing amongst stakeholders in academia, industry and government; and to help communities prepare for, mitigate, and prevent these global threats. Read more

 

SAVE THE DATE! ENDORSE Train-the-Trainer – Phase 1
10th January 2017

It is with great pleasure that we announce the dates for the ENDORSE Phase 1 “Train-the-Trainer” course. The upcoming TtT course will be held from 24th April to 2nd May, 2017 at St. Mary’s Lacor Hospital, in Gulu, Uganda. This Training Course will see the participation of healthcare professionals with awareness and motivation for the safety of healthcare workers and willingness to contribute to the development of an effective bio-risk management in their organization. The Training Course will focus on lab and clinical aspects of epidemic preparedness and response. Project specialists are currently finalizing the training materials, while the ENDORSE Secretariat is handling every logistic issue for the Training Course.
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SAVE THE DATE! Project 46 Training Course “Facility design, construction, operation and management”
10th January 2017

It is with great pleasure that we announce the dates of the “Facility design, construction, operation and management” Training Course,
implemented in the framework of Component 2 – Work Package 3 “Coordination, analysis, and training course development
on biosafety, biosecurity and bio-risk management”
of the EU CBRN CoE Project 46 “Enhancement of CBRN capacities of South East Asia in addressing CBRN risk mitigation concerning CBRN first response, biosafety and biosecurity, awareness raising and legal framework”.
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SAVE THE DATE! Project 46 Workshops “Biosafety and biosecurity training for sustainable biorisk management”
10th January 2017

It is with great pleasure that we announce the dates of the “Biosafety and biosecurity training for sustainable biorisk management” workshop, implemented in the framework of Component 2 – Work Package 3 “Coordination, analysis, and training course development on biosafety, biosecurity and bio-risk management” of EU CBRN CoE Project 46 “Enhancement of CBRN capacities of South East Asia in addressing CBRN risk mitigation concerning CBRN first response, biosafety and biosecurity, awareness raising and legal framework”. This workshop builds on the results of the fact-finding missions in the South-East Asian region and it will provide its participants with an in-depth, practical overview on biosafety and biosecurity, and on the implementation of biorisk management systems.  Read more

 

WHO One Health approach in West Africa
21st November 2016

Countries across West Africa have endorsed an agreement to face zoonotic diseases under the One Health approach of the World Health Organization.
This approach calls for policymakers and health practitioners to consider the close link between human, animal and environmental health when designing public health systems, research and programmes. Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa stated: “Strong systems and coordinated efforts are needed to detect, report and control the spread of diseases that affect animals and humans”.
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Public Speaking Training Course 2016 – Thank You!
21st November 2016

From 16th to 18th November 2016 CLIMVIB hosted the first edition of the “Public Speaking Training Course” in Milan, Italy. This Training Course, organized by Prof. Maria Rita Gismondo and with the presence of Dr. Marco Alberghini, actor and founder of the “Compagnia Stabile di Milano”, provided participants with the main tools of contemporary communication theories and practice. Theoretical lessons and practical exercises focused on the following main aims: communicating in public in an efficient way, developing skills to motivate and to engage the audience, and organizing public communication. CLIMVIB wishes to thank all participants for their outstanding contribution to the success of the training course, as well as a special thank you to Dr. Alberghini for his time and participation in this event. Read more

 

8th EDCTP Forum in Lusaka, Zambia
21st November 2016

From the 6th to the 9th November 2016, CLIMVIB representatives took part in the Eighth EDCTP (European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership) Forum in Lusaka, Zambia.
The theme of the Forum was “Defeating poverty-related and neglected diseases in Africa: harnessing research for evidence-informed policies”, developed through a selection of workshops, collaborative sessions, scientific symposia, as well as satellite meetings.
The aim of the Forum was to carry the discussion on the future of the neglected diseases.
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SAVE THE DATE – Laboratory Biosafety Training Course 2017
17th November 2016

It is with great pleasure that we would like to inform you that the dates for the third edition of our “Laboratory Biosafety Training Course” have been set.The upcoming Training Course will be held from 27th to 31st March, 2017, at Luigi Sacco University Hospital in Milan.The training course, organized by the Chair of Clinical Microbiology (University of Milan) and by the Laboratory of Clinical Microbiology, Virology and Bioemergencies of L. Sacco University Hospital, is a five-day hands-on course. The programme will introduce biorisk and biorisk management systems and will mainly focus on biosafety measures. In addition, participants from all over the world will have the unique opportunity to experience what they have learned in theoretical lessons through tailored practical exercise in our facilities (BSL-2, BSL-3 and BSL-4). Read more

 

SAVE THE DATE – 7th Annual International Symposium
17th November 2016

It is with great pleasure that we announce that the new dates for the 7th International Symposium “Biosecurity and Biosafety: future trends and solutions” have been set.
This time the Symposium will be held from 22nd to 24th March, 2017 at Palazzo Greppi, in Milan. This International Symposium offers a unique opportunity for biosafety and biosecurity professionals to discuss issues in the field of biorisk management, biohazardous waste management and other laboratory biosafety and biosecurity issues.
According to the Scientific Committee, the new format will be a sort of laboratory providing the Experts involved with original and productive sparks. Read more

 

SAVE THE DATE! – Public Speaking Training Course
30th September 2016

CLIMVIB is very pleased to announce the first edition of the “Public Speaking Training Course”, that will be held at CLIMVIB premises from
the 16th to the 18th November 2016. Marco Alberghini, experienced actor and trainer in public speaking, will provide participants with the
main tools of contemporary communication theories and practice.
Lectures will be delivered in Italian (proficiency in Italian language is therefore required).
The participation of maximum 8 participants is envisaged.
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ENDORSE Fact Finding Mission – A great success!!
3rd August 2016

As already announced on our website, from 18th to the 28th July 2016, ENDORSE Project team conducted a fact finding mission in the Northern Uganda region with the support of Lacor Hospital (Gulu) in collaboration with a number of partner Associate Hospitals or the region.
Our team of expert visited several Aassociate Hospitals and had the chance to distribute and collect the Training Needs Assessment Questionnaires, an essential tool to analyze the existing situation and conduct a concrete need assessment with a view to organizing of a real need-tailored training. CLIMVIB wishes to thank the project team, project partners and all the people and institutions that have warmly welcomed us in this unique experience. Read more

 

Sierra Leone meets CLIMVIB
14th July 2016

On 12th July 2016, CLIMVIB has been delighted to host for a brief visit the Ambassador of the Republic of Sierra Leone in Germany, Mr. Jongopie S. Stevens and the Deputy Ministry of Health I, Ms. Madina S. Rahman. Mr. Stevens and Ms. Rahman have been received by Prof. Maria Rita Gismondo, head of the Laboratory of Clinical Microbiology, Virology and Bioemergencies and the Laboratory staff. Prof. Gismondo and Dr. Valeria Micheli guided the guest delegation through our facilities.
CLIMVIB wishes to thank Mr. Stevens, Ms. Rahman and the whole Sierra Leone delegation for their visit and hopes to welcome them in Milan again soon!
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ENDORSE Fact-finding mission – Northern Uganda, 18th-28th July 2016
27th June 2016

From 18th to the 28th July 2016, ENDORSE Project team will conduct a fact finding mission in the Northern Uganda region with the support of Lacor Hospital (Guru) in collaboration with a number of partner Associate Hospitals or the region.
Prof. Maria Rita Gismondo, Ms. Giovanna Fotia and Mr. Davide Mileto, representing the University of Milan, together with Dr. Maria Vittoria Cossu, from ASST Fatebenefratelli Sacco will travel to the Northern Uganda region to join Dr. Emmanuel Ochola, from St. Mary’s Lacor Hospital.
Together, they will travel around the districts of the Region to meet with our partner Associate Hospitals.
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Laboratory Biosafety Training Course 2016 – Thank you!
6th June 2016

From May 23th to May 27th CLIMVIB hosted the Laboratory Biosafety Training Course 2016 in Milan, Italy. The Laboratory Biosafety Training Course, organized by Prof. Maria Rita Gismondo, Chair of Clinical Microbiology at the University of Milan and by the Laboratory of Clinical Microbiology, Virology and Bioemergencies of ASST Fatebenefratelli Sacco University Hospital of Milan with the patronage of the Italian National Institute of Health (ISS – Istituto Superiore di Sanità), is a five-day hands-on training course aimed at training laboratory professionals in biosafety and biorisk management according to the highest international standards, promoting the knowledge and the dissemination of these standards in Italy and abroad, with particular attention to developing countries. Read more

 

EDCTP ENDORSE Kick-off Meeting
5th May 2016

Today, May 5th 2016, and tomorrow, May 6th 2016, CLIMVIB is hosting the ECTP-CSA-Ebola-337 ENDORSE Kick-off Meeting.
After a brief introduction of the Project Coordinator, Prof. Maria Rita Gismondo, Director of the Laboratory of Clinical Microbiology, Virology and Bioemergencies, our Project Team composed by Mr. Romualdo Grande, Mr. Davide Mileto, Mr. Alessandro Mancon, Ms. Giovanna Fotia, Mr. Luca Vitali from the University of Milan, Dr. Giuliano Rizzardini, Ms. Laura Carenzi, Ms. Maria Vittoria Cossu from ASST Fatebenefratelli Sacco, Mr. Paddy Reilly from Kimmage DSC, Mr. Emmanuel Ochola and Ms. Dominique Corti from St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor, opened the first work session. Read more

 

The role of women in global health security challenges
26th April 2016

“While gender mainstreaming is a novel topic as related to health security […] we believe that ensuring women’s empowerment in national and global health security governance and strategic planning may serve to underwrite international peace and security at a time when new approaches are sought to counter grave and persistent WMD threats and violent extremism as well as enhance global capabilities to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious diseases threats”. The necessity for applying a “gender-balanced lens” in global health security matters, with the aim of empowering women also through active participation in the decision-making processes in the fields of counterterrorism and WMD non-proliferation.
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Laboratory Biosafety Training Course – Scholarship Competition – Winners Announcement
22nd April 2016

Biosafety Training Course, to be held in Milan, Italy, from 23th to 27th of May.  After a careful evaluation of all the applications, the Scientific Committee for the course is proud to offer its most sincere congratulations to: Rohani Cena – winner of the full scholarship; Marcomic James Maragia – winner of the partial scholarship. CLIMVIB wishes to thank all of the numerous applicants who took part in the scholarship competition. We are glad to have been able to offer this opportunity and we hope that in the future our generous sponsors will continue to support our objective of fostering participation of outstanding scientists from low-income and low-middle-income countries.
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A link between climate change and the spreading of infectious diseases
21st April 2016

Recent research has shown that the spreading of the Zika virus in Europe, which is considered by many experts as probably likely to occur by next summer, might not be provoked by the Aedes aegypti, the mosquito responsible for the spreading of the virus through Latin America.
Instead, according to experts, any outbreak is likely to be caused by the Aedes albopictus mosquito,
which is not unknown in the continent (unlike the Aedes aegypti) and has the potential for carrying and transmitting the Zika virus.
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EU CBRN CoE P46 – Factfinding Missions – Vietnam
13th April 2016

The announced fact-finding mission which took place in the framework of EU CBRN CoE Project 46 “Enhancement of CBRN capacities of South-East Asia in addressing CBRN risk mitigation concerning CBRN first response, biosafety and biosecurity, awareness raising and legal framework” in Vietnam is officially over. The mission has been a real success! Our expert had the chance of visiting several facilities in the country in order to get a clearer idea of the actions to be carried out in the area. This first round of missions is allowing all the experts involved in each component of Project 46 to get a clearer idea of the CBRN risk mitigation context in each country.
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Shortage of vaccines for Yellow Fever Outbreak in Angola
13th April 2016

Angola is currently experiencing difficulties in dealing with the most recent outbreak of yellow fever, a disease which is now feared to be spreading to other countries, including China.
The outbreak started in December 2015 in the capital city of Luanda and has so far spread to 6 others provinces, causing more than 198 deaths.
Yellow fever is a disease transmitted by the same mosquito responsible for the spreading of Zika and it is usually present in tropical areas of Africa and Latin America. Symptoms include: fatigue, fever, vomiting, muscle pain and nausea.
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New outbreak of unknown illness in Uganda
8th April 2016

A new outbreak of an unknown disease has occurred in Uganda, in the city of Masaka, where, in the last few days, 6 people have been admitted to the local hospital. Patients present a variety of symptoms, typical of hemorrhagic fevers, such as intensive vomiting, advanced fever, passing bloody stool and yellow eyes. Sources disagree on the exact number of confirmed deaths, but, nevertheless, preliminary testing for Ebola, Marburg disease and Rift Valley Fever resulted negative. District and hospital teams, in collaboration with the Ugandan Ministry of Health, are currently working at identifying the nature of the disease and avoiding its spreading. Updates on the situation will follow.
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Get your Scholarship for the Laboratory Biosafety Training Course!!!
6th April 2016

CLIMVIB is pleased to announce that, thanks to generous sponsors, nr. 2 scholarships have been made available for the Laboratory Biosafety Training Course, which will be held at the CLIMVIB facilities in Milan, Italy, from the 23rd to
the 27th May 2016.
Scholarships are aimed at promoting participation of scientists from low and low-middle-income countries.
In particular, CLIMVIB offers one full scholarship, which will cover the registration fee and flight and accommodation costs for the event and one partial scholarship, which will cover the registration fee.
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Standard precautions to prevent transmission of Zika virus during pregnancies and deliveries
31st March 2016

Recent research on the spreading of the Zika virus has documented, in addition to the well-know transmission of the disease through the bite of Aedes species of mosquitoes, the possibility of transmission by sexual contact. In fact, Zika virus RNA has been found in many types of body fluids and, while an explicit connection between exposure to infected body fluids and infection has not yet been proven, both health care personnel and patients should be protected from accidental contact. One of the settings in which this is of the utmost importance, is Labor and Delivery Setting, an environment in which the possibility of contact with infected body fluids is particularly high.
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WHO Update: a new Ebola flare-up in Guinea
31st March 2016

On 17th March WHO declared Sierra Leone Ebola-free. On the same day, a new flare-up of Ebola was confirmed in neighboring Guinea.In particular, the flare-up has originated in the village of Koropara and it is feared to be spreading in the prefecture of Nzérékoré, which is located in the southern part of the country.
The total number of probable and confirmed deaths is, as of last week, 5, but 816 suspect contacts have been identified and are currently under medical monitoring. The sub-prefecture of Koropara had already experienced an Ebola outbreak in 2014 (from October to December) and Guinea had officially been declared Ebola-free at the end of 2015.
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CSCM – World Congress on CBRNe Science & Consequence Management
21st March 2016

CLIMVIB is pleased to announce the upcoming CSCM – World Congress on CBRNe Science & Consequence Management that will be held between 30th May and 3rd June 2016 in Tbilisi, Georgia. The World Congress on CBRNe Science & Consequence Management is an annual meeting that brings together around 250 experts from more than 40 countries, in order to share knowledge and encourage free discussion in a relaxed and collaborative environment. The CSCM (CBRNe Science and Consequence Management) series of conferences started in 1998 and so far has contributed to international science with over 2,500 international scientific papers published.
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Zika virus and microcephaly in French Polynesia: a study on the link between them
19th March 2016

The 1st February 2016 WHO has declared the suspected link between Zika virus and microcephaly a Public Health Emergency of International Concern without precisely quantifying the association.
A recent study funded by Labex-IBEID, NIH-MIDAS, AXA Research fund and EU-Predemics has finally provided a quantitative estimate of the risk of microcephaly in neonates born by zika infected mothers.Scientist focused on datas collected during French Polynesia outbreak (October 2013 – April 2014), the largest documented one before that in the Americas.
Read the whole article here.
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EU CBRN CoE P46 – Factfinding Missions – Myanmar
15th March 2016

The announced fact-finding mission which took place in the framework of EU CBRN CoE Project 46 “Enhancement of CBRN capacities of South-East Asia in addressing CBRN risk mitigation concerning CBRN first response, biosafety and biosecurity, awareness raising and legal framework” in Myanmar is officially over.
The mission has been a real success! This time our team of expert had to split into two groups in order to visit the highest number of facilities possible. Some experts, indeed, went to Nay Pyi Taw whereas another group visited Yangon area. A final summary meeting took place in Yangon on March 10th.
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WHO launches the Zika Outbreak’s Global Emergency Response Plan
23rd February 2016

“[…] The Zika situation is particularly serious because of the potential for further international spread, given the wide geographical distribution of the mosquito vector, the lack of population immunity in newly affected areas, and the absence of vaccines, specific treatments and rapid diagnostic tests. […]
”This statement by Margaret Chan, Director General of the WHO, opens the Strategic Response Framework launched last week by the WHO to face the spread of Zika virus infection, object of Americas’ recent crisis.From the 1st February 2016 Zika outbreak in the Americas has been officially classified as Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
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EDCTP-TDR-CIHR Ebola Virus Disease Workshop
15th February 2016
Wednesday the 10th and Thursday the 11th February 2016, CLIMVIB took part to the EDCTP-TDR-CIHR Ebola Virus Disease Workshop held at Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research (NMIMR), University of Ghana in Accra, Ghana.
The workshop, chaired by Dr. Thomas Nyirenda (EDCTP) and Dr. Marc Ouelette (CIHR) has been a forum of discussion for grantees recently selected to conduct a range of research – from basic science to implementation research, including capacity development and models of clinical care – and the occasion to share experience and ideas for the future.
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EU CBRN CoE P46 – FactFinding Missions – Pictures!
15th February 2016

The announced fact-finding missions which took place in the framework of EU CBRN CoE Project 46 “Enhancement of CBRN capacities of South-East Asia in addressing CBRN risk mitigation concerning CBRN first response, biosafety and biosecurity, awareness raising and legal framework” in the Philippines, Lao PDR and Cambodia are officially over. All the missions have been a real success! It is our pleasure to share with you some of the pictures that our experts took while abroad.
Moreover, we officially announce the fourth mission of this first round, this time in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.
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EU CBRN CoE – Fact-finding Missions – Cambodia
2nd February 2016

Our experts involved in the first round of fact-finding missions that are taking place in the framework of EU CBRN CoE Project 46 “Enhancement of CBRN capacities of South-East Asia in addressing CBRN risk mitigation concerning CBRN first response, biosafety and biosecurity, awareness raising and legal framework” are again abroad.
This time, indeed, our team of expert will visit, from 2nd to 5th February 2016, the Kingdom of Cambodia. In its capacity as member of the Project 46 consortium, CLIMVIB is taking part also in this third mission scheduled in the project program.
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EU CBRN CoE P46 – Fact Finding Missions – LAO PDR & Philippines
12th January 2016

First round of fact finding missions for our experts involved in EU CBRN CoE Project 46 “Enhancement of CBRN capacities of South-East Asia in addressing CBRN risk mitigation concerning CBRN first response, biosafety and biosecurity, awareness raising and legal framework”. In its capacity as member of the Project 46 consortium, CLIMVIB will take part in all the missions scheduled in the project program, starting with LAO PDR, from 12th to 15th January 2016, and the Philippines, 18th to 22nd January 2016. This first round of missions will allow all the experts involved in each component of Project 46 to get a clearer idea of the CBRN risk mitigation context in each country.
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