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Training Session #2: BRM Student Outbreak Response Team (SORT)

July 21, 2021 – 8:00-10:00PM ICT

The Biorisk Management SORT project in Vietnam engaged with Thai Nguyen University of Medicine and Pharmacy, and Thai Nguyen University of Agriculture and Forestry held its second virtual session on July 21, 2021 in collaboration with Viet Nam One Health University Network, Sandia National Laboratories, and the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). This was the second of six training sessions and is expected to be completed by August 30, 2021. The session began with an introduction of The University of Arizona’s Student Aid for Field Epidemiology Response (SAFER) Team. From the team, Dr. Kristen Pogreba-Brown, the program’s assistant professor, Alexandry Shilen, the team’s program manager, and Erika Austhof, the team’s research coordinator and epidemiologist spoke regarding their experiences within their organization. They explained what SAFER is, the need for their organization within their community, the background and training that is required of the program volunteers prior to their ability to participate, the kind of work they have done in the past and the work they have been able to engage in during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following their presentation, NIHE representative, Madam Trinh Huong, gave an interesting and useful presentation on the processes, procedures, and guidelines that her organization is required to follow when doing work around dangerous pathogens and when working in a biological laboratory.

After the presentations, there was time for questions and responses from the participants to the presenters. To close, Dr. Pham Duc Phuc, the director of the Institute of Environment Health and Sustainable Development and Coordinator of VOHUN, provided closing remarks. He highlighted the importance of learning from other successful programs and thanked the group for their participation.

This session successfully brought different SORT teams and professions together to strengthen professional networks and learn from each other’s functionality and structure.

The third session will take place the week of July 26th, 2021.

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