Current students’ fraternity and more than 20

Current global health security state has been threatened by the continuous emergence trend of pathogenic microorganisms. Some of these pathogens, for example Small pox, Marburg, Ebola, Influenza, Polio etc., pose a very serious public health threat to both health professionals and the surrounding general community.  A great percentage of these EID do occur in developing countries hence it is very clear that there is a need to: 1) Empower health professionals and scientists from these regions through rigorous biosafety and biosecurity training, strengthening management processes and administrative controls and; 2) develop a sustainable national plan to enhance biosafety and biosecurity among all relevant agencies and departments dealing with biosafety issues sectors.To aid in achieving these two goals, Wuhan Institute of Virology – UCAS organized an International Workshop on Biosafety Laboratory Management and Experimental Techniques that was held on the 18th to 28th of October, 2017. In attendance were the WIOV International students’ fraternity and more than 20 other health professionals and scientists drawn from Asia, Africa and Europe were in attendance.The training curricula was designed to train key technical personnel and upcoming young scientists in the prevention and control of emerging infectious diseases in their respective countries. Invited distinguished professors introduced courses that touched six theoretical aspects namely, biosafety laboratory, laboratory biosafety management system, biorisk assessment, basic etiology of contagious pathogens, protection classes and key facilities of biosafety laboratory, preservation, transportation and management of bacterial and viral strains as well as two hands-on training that covered biosafety operation norms and animal experiments in biological laboratory set-ups.The workshop offered the participants an active and worthy opportunity to develop practical skills and a strong theoretical grounding in biosecurity and biosafety. Additionally, the hands-on practical classes that were offered in presence of highly experienced supervisors and in a well equipped P3 & P4 laboratories was very essential in empowering the attendees.  Beyond all means, we strongly believe that this workshop proved a success not only in it happening successfully but also in opening up the minds of the upcoming young scientists who were present. The knowledge gained will go a long way in helping them prevent, manage and combat the threat of emerging infectious diseases in their respective countries.As the international students of Wuhan Institute of Virology, we are very grateful to the team of professors from WIOV and the P3-P4 staff for organizing and delivering such an intensive mode workshop. Thank you very much.