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IFBA’s Progress in Implementing the Global Health Security Agenda

The IFBA is a vital GHSA partner, facilitating partnerships between our worldwide network of biosafety associations and national governments in the implementation of Action Prevent Prevent – 3: Biosafety & Biosecurity goals and objectives. Support is provided for developing national biosafety and biosecurity strategies and guidelines, advancing biorisk management practices & procedures, and certifying the competency of biosafety professionals
in the safe and secure handling of infectious disease agents.

Progress to Date
To assist countries in achieving GHSA APP-3 targets, the IFBA has:

  • Joined the JEE Alliance, a platform for facilitating multi-sectoral collaboration on health security capacity building and International Health Regulations implementation;
  • Partnered with the Global Health Security Agenda Consortium, a global network of non-governmental stakeholders committed to helping make the world safe and secure from threats posed by infectious diseases;
  • Worked collaboratively with its 39 regional and national member biosafety associations to advance biorisk management practices & procedures;
  • Expanded partnerships between civil society and national governments in developing a whole-of-government national biosafety & biosecurity framework including oversight and enforcement mechanisms to ensure compliance;
  • Certified the competency of biosafety professionals in the safe and secure handling of infectious disease agents.

Click here for more details on specific GHSA projects and activities carried out by the IFBA and its members over the past year.

For more details on APP-3 targets and a copy of IFBA’s GHSA flyer, click here

 

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Advancing a new Biorisk Management Network for the MENA Region

Globally, there has been a growing trend towards increased regional multilateralism and multi-stakeholder cooperation in implementation of the GHSA’s APP-3 goals. Widespread and lasting results to reduce biological threats can only be realized by harnessing the power of multiple stakeholders including civil society, government, academia, research institutions, and the private sector across the public health, animal health and security sectors. Under the leadership of the Tunisian Association for Biosafety and Environmental Education, the IFBA, its member associations in the region, and other key stakeholders met in Tunis, Tunisia to advance the development of a new MENA Regional Biorisk Management Network. Once established, the network will effectively move biosafety and biosecurity initiatives forward and serve as a “louder voice” for these important issues. An empowered, strong, and capable network of interconnected individuals, organizations and biosafety associations represents a critical asset in the MENA region for preventing, preparing for, and responding to biological incidents. Additionally, the network will also support and mentor new and emerging biosafety associations in the region.

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Working Together Makes a Difference – IFBA Joins the JEE Alliance

Recognizing the need for collective action in building global health security, the IFBA is excited to join the JEE Alliance. The JEE Alliance for Country Assessments for Global Health Security and IHR Implementation has been established to give political, financial and technical support to WHO and countries in the coordination and implementation of the Joint External Evaluations as well as the ensuing process of capacity building. The main purpose of the Alliance is to serve as a platform for discussion and exchange of views and experiences among partners to facilitate engagement between countries and other relevant organizations and stakeholders involved in health security. The IFBA is engaged in ongoing efforts to enhance multisectoral collaboration and foster partnerships between its Member Biosafety Associations and government ministries in the development and implementation of national biosafety and biosecurity action plans.

For further details on the JEE Alliance please visit:
https://www.jeealliance.org/uutiset/working-together-makes-the-difference-international-federation-of-biosafety-association-ifba-joins-the-alliance/ 

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