Global Partnership Initiated Biosecurity Academia for Controlling Health Threats (GIBACHT)
Global Partnership Initiated Biosecurity Academiafor Controlling Health Threats(GIBACHT)

Background and Structure

Due to steadily increasing human mobility, infectious diseases can rapidly spread over long distances. Furthermore, new diseases may emerge or be imported and become endemic in countries whose health systems are unprepared to manage such threats. There is also a danger of deliberate release of infectious agents, or of accidental release while handling or shipping a sample.





Prevention of and dealing with such threats is central for Biosecurity and Biosafety. GIBACHT provides theoretical knowledge on threats and existing prevention and copying strategies. Apart from knowledge, biohazard prevention or situation management requires the ability to solve complex problems by using knowledge and skills for reasonable situation adapted decisions in cooperation with others. To prepare the GIBACHT fellows for biohazard prevention and management, simulation exercises provide practical experience.


GIBACHT fellows will themselves develop teaching material and sessions in order to act as multipliers in their country and at their institutes. Since 2015 two cohorts with 32 fellows from 15 different countries have done the GIBACHT fellowship.


Since 2015 two cohorts with 32 fellows from 15 different countries have done the GIBACHT fellowship.


GIBACHT cohort 3 has been selected in a competitive process and 18 fellows from 12 countries started in January 2017 the program.


For each cohort, three on-campus workshops of one-week duration are held in Hamburg and Berlin (Germany) and Kampala (Uganda). The courses will be accompanied and supplemented by structured e-learning modules covering related and relevant topics, which you will find on this website.

  • The obligatory e-learning modules were made accessible for a three cohorts in 2014 an 2015 as well as in January 2017 for the following one-week courses,
  • Introductory courses were held in January 2015 , January 2016 and in April 2017 in Hamburg, Germany,
  • Real-time simulation of biological incidents in May 2015, in April 2016 and in July 2017  in Berlin, Germany,
  • Case study development course (November 2015 and in November 2016 in Kampala, Uganda).


GIBACHT is a joint project of the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM), the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) and the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), and is funded by the German Partnership Programme for Excellence in Biological and Health Security of the Federal Foreign Office.



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Dr. Norbert Schwarz

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