Volunteer Needed for the new IFBA Website

Biosafety Global Public Health

Please find attached a letter from Ben Fontes, IFBA Board Chair, regarding an exciting volunteer opportunity with the IFBA to assist in the launch of our new website.

World TB Day, March 24th


Earthquake in Japan

FLAG japanThe IFBLS family of nations awoke today to learn the news of the devastating earthquake that hit the island nation of Japan. The massive earthquake the largest in the history of country  has caused much destruction and unfortunately loss of life. All of our thoughts and prayers go to our Japanese friends and colleagues especially to the members and families of the Japanese Association of Medical Technology. IFBLS will try and monitor the situation as best it can. I have offered whatever help and assistance that we may be able to provide directly to Kyoko Komatsu, President-Elect of IFBLS and JAMT member. 

Please view our website for further information as it develops on the local situation and how IFBLS may help our Japanese colleagues in this time of immense need.

A Message from Our Japanese Colleagues

March 31, 2011

Dear delegates of all over the world,

I would like to express our deep gratitude for your kind sympathy after the big disaster. I send you our warmest thanks for your thoughtfulness.
JAMT office and JAMT council members are doing well, and almost all the JAMT members who live in disaster-stricken area are escaped death.
It is a time just like this that one can really appreciate the kindness of friends. Although we might need several years for reviving this disaster, we will do our best for the Japanese BLS. I am sure that we can keep our wonderful cooperative relationship for ever.
Please accept my sincere gratitude for your considerate inquiry once more.

Tetsuya Takada, President of JAMT

United States Donates more than $2.7 billion to Kenya to Fight HIV/AIDS

Bloomberg News (12/16, McGregor) reported, "The US plans to provide Kenya with more than $2.7 billion between 2009 and 2013 to fight AIDS in the East Africal nation."  The "funding commitment is more than double the $1.3 billion the US gave Kenya in the previous five years," according to US Ambassador Michael Ranneberger.  "As part of today's accord, Kenyan Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta pledged to increase spending on anti-retroviral drugs and laboratory work on AIDS by 10 percent a year."  Notably, "Kenya is the single largest beneficiary of funding from the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief program."