Training of Trainers on Bio-Risk Management for In-Service Providers

Thursday, 15 June 2017 - 6:55am
Dr. Robert Kibuuka (OHCEA-RWANDA Focal Person) highlighting the workshop objectives

Through One Health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA), the University of Rwanda, in collaboration with the Rwanda One Health Steering Committee organized the first phase of a 5-days training of trainers on bio risk management to equip in-service professionals with the required skills to meet Bio-risk standards for prevention and control of epidemic prone diseases. The training took place at Gisenyi, Rubavu district, 27th February to 3rd March 2017.

This activity is a priority to the Government of Rwanda as highlighted in the National One Health strategic plan for Rwanda. The One Health Workforce Project was therefore privileged to organize this workshop aimed at creating a pool of trainers on Bio-risk management.

A total of 25 participants from different institutions of Government were trained in this first phase. With the support of the steering committee chairman, trainees were sourced from the National Reference Laboratory, Rwanda Agricultural Board, Rwanda Development Board and a few laboratory technicians from the University of Rwanda. The Directors of these institutions also attended the 5-day training.  

These same participants will be trained in the second phase in Year 4 of the One Health Workforce project to equip them with skills that will help them become better trainers. The trainees are expected to train their peers moving forward as the training is rolled out to other in-service personnel who have not benefited from this training.

The main objectives of this training were to: 

  1.  Understand Bio-risk management, Biosafety and Biosecurity concepts and terminologies;
  2. Become familiar with assessing Bio-risks, considering both Biosafety and Biosecurity;
  3. Understand various categories of control measures for Bio-risks;
  4. Understand the importance of measuring performance of Bio-risk management;
  5.  Become familiar with some measures for mitigating Bio-risks, and for managing and responding to incidents in the laboratory;
  6. Understand the importance of and different methods for laboratory biosecurity;
  7. Be ready to apply developed capacity on bio-risk management and promote it in home facilities.

The 5 days training was facilitated by Ms Oumou from the University of Minnesota supported by Mr. Albert Ndagijimana who was trained as a trainer by SANDIA National Laboratories. Others who supported the training were Dr. Anselme Shyaka, School of Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, and Dr. Ivan Mwikarago (Director of National Reference Laboratory). The training focused on the following topics’;

  1. Orientation to Bio-risk Management
  2. Orientation to Bio-risk Management Evaluation
  3. Biosafety risk Assessment evaluation
  4. Laboratory Biosafety (PPE, decontamination, waste disposal, shipping)
  5. Hazard and Risk communication in the laboratory
  6. Bio-risk characterization  and Evaluation
  7. Bio - risk Mitigation Strategies and Mitigation control Measures
  8. Good Laboratory work practices
  9.  Biosecurity risk Assessment

The Chairman of the Rwanda National One Health Steering Committee (Dr. Gafarasi Isidore), the Director of The Rwanda National Reference Laboratory and the Director of Wildlife at the Rwanda Development Board attended the entire training.

This first step of a two-step ToT, mainly focused on orientation to BRM. The second step will be consisting of training the already trained in-service providers from this session on how to deliver BRM training in the roll-out plan to cover other in-service providers. Also a tool will be developed to track the performance of the trainees in their work stations. An online course on Bio-risk Management will be developed.