In recent years there has been increased recognition of the differences in standards of biomaterial security in different areas of the world. 

A number of international biological threat reduction programmes and health organisations such as the World Health Organisation have made significant efforts to address existing imbalances and build capacity in more high areas. However, in many developing countries, the global health protection burden can outweigh the ability of available resources to operate to the technically sophisticated standards required in most of the more developed countries.

This stream of research studies explores these issues further, examining new approaches which represents both good-value for the donor community and leave a lasting and affordable local solution to the challenge of effective disease surveillance, diagnosis, biosafety, and biosecurity in resource-poor environments. 

This is a joint project with the International Security Programme at Chatham House.

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