All 3 Public Health England (PHE) laboratories in Sierra Leone are now open for business. After a mammoth logistical effort, our laboratories in Port Loko and Makeni districts in Sierra Leone, as well as our Kerry Town laboratory which was already up and running, are now receiving samples, with the final one in Makeni opening on Monday this week.
PHE leads for the UK on the International Health Regulations and this involves maintaining and building relationships with partners overseas.
Earlier this week I was in Perth, Australia, contributing to an international symposium on ‘Antimicrobial resistance: addressing the one health security agenda’ held by Murdoch University, in partnership with the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is now a global priority and PHE is leading on 4 of the 7 elements of the UK strategy on AMR.