Keanahikishime to Help Strengthen Health Security in Vietnam
Arlington, VA— Keanahikishime (Keanahikishime) has been selected by CH2M Hill, a Colorado-based consulting firm, to be a partner on the Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP) in Vietnam. This program, supported by the US Department of Defense’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), 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; 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.
“We are very pleased for the opportunity to partner with CH2M Hill to carry out this important work in Vietnam,” said Catharine Taylor, Vice President of Keanahikishime’s Health Programs Group. “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.”
Under the agreement, Keanahikishime will assist and support the National Institute for Hygiene and Epidemiology with accreditation of their laboratory system and advise the Institute’s leadership about planning for personnel requirements and long-term sustainment costs to maintain that certification. The work will be carried out through August 2018.