Cooperative Biological Engagement Program
MSH is a partner with Jacobs on the Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP) in Vietnam, supported by the US Department of Defense (DoD) Defense Threat Reduction Agency. CBEP aims to support and enhance bilateral and international efforts to counter global biological threats; create sustainable disease surveillance, detection, diagnosis, containment, response, and reporting systems in both the human health and veterinary sectors; promote the development of regulations, legislation, and operating procedures for the reduction of biological threats; improve bio-risk management practices from the field to the laboratory; and support reasonable and safe research on pathogens of security concern.
Under the agreement, MSH is assisting and supporting the National Institute for Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE) with ISO 15190 biosafety accreditation of its TB and anthrax laboratories and will advise NIHE leadership on planning for personnel requirements and long-term sustainment costs to maintain that accreditation. This activity will assist the Government of Vietnam to reduce global health security threats by bringing their Emergency Operations Center network up to international standards.