A biosafety specialist recently completed a ten day visit to Mozambique to assess multiple labs from all four tiers of the Mozambican lab network on their biosafety practices and to discuss infection control. The main findings of his assessment indicate that while many labs may have the resources, at least in part, in terms of equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE), inappropriate use and lack of background knowledge hinder proper implementation of basic biosafety in laboratories. ASM plans to support Mozambique in the future with a structured technical assistance program that involves the Ministry of Health and its infection control unit(s).
Safety First: Health center lab staff at their lab just outside Maputo. ASM
will support them in their efforts to reduce biosafety risk.