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Biosurveillance and Biosecurity in West Africa

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency is seeking interested sources capable of providing Biosurveillance (BSV), Biosafety and Biosecurity (BSS) capabilities in West Africa to support the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Cooperative Biological Engagement Program.

The general requirement include:

  • Train health workers in biosafety
  • Establish a disease baseline of viral hemorrhagic fever in West Africa
  • Assess laboratory infrastructure
  • Assess BSV capabilities
  • Enhance laboratory diagnostic capabilities
  • Evaluate national legislation and policy relating to BSV, BSS, and International Health
  • Regulation (IHR) compliance
  • Improve differential diagnosis of diseases of security concern

Additionally, the scope will include equipment procurement, training, analysis, and management of research projects. Travel to the region may be required.

Potential countries involved in this effort are: Gabon, Cameroon, Senegal, Mali, Niger, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Cameroon, Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Togo and Nigeria, and Congo (Brazzaville).

Further details are available via Solicitation Number: Biosurveillance_WestAfrica. The response deadline is Feb 12, 2015.

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