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A Sustainable Biosafety Cabinet (BSC) Certifier Training School in Tanzania

A training facility located in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania provisioned by the Tanzania Ministry of Health, and administrated by Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), will be used to train Biosafety Cabinet (BSC) certification candidates under the MUHAS biomedical engineering program. An NSF BSC Basic Accreditation Course would be offered annually by MUHAS as a stepping stone for individuals seeking to support BSCs. This course would be open to applicants in Tanzania and regionally (and eventually throughout Africa) and include an on-line BSC familiarization component to be completed ahead of time. This will allow the training at the facility to focus on practical skills and testing. The curriculum is in the process of national accreditation through the Tanzania Ministry of Education. Anticipated pilot training for school faculty is by end of 2nd quarter FY2021, with first cohort of Tanzanian and regional tuition paying students 3rd/4th quarter FY2021. The current course offering is being modified to support current distance learning protocols. Future efforts will be directed towards developing the facility for Advanced BSC repair and certification, decontamination and HVAC systems. The end product is anticipated to be a Biosafety Cabinet training school in Africa, presented by Africans to Africans.

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215000 USD


Start Date: January 1, 2020
End Date: December 31, 2022

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