The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The International Federation of Biosafety Associations (IFBA) is working closely with Member Biosafety Associations and partners in the region to provide support and assistance in the areas of infection control and biosafety. Weak infection control measures and inadequate universal precaution practices represent an ongoing challenge to the operational response.
A number of guidelines and training tools are available from the WHO and have been posted on the emerging issues resources section of the IFBA website as follows:
5 Moments of Handy Hygiene (French version)
The African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) will also be posting additional resources materials on their website at www.aslm.org.