This image was captured in February, 2013, on the Caribbean island nation of Haiti, within the Tuberculosis Laboratory located inside Haiti’s National Public Health Lab, Laboratoire National de Santé Publique, situated in the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince. In this particular view, you can see a laboratory technician in the process of conducting tuberculosis patient sample evaluations underneath a SterilGARD® laminar flow hood, which will prevent laboratory contamination from pathogenic samples. The hood creates a negatively-pressurized workspace, by drawing air into the hood, which is subsequently highly-filtered before re-entering the exterior environment.
This Laboratoire National de Santé Publique complex, also houses a branch of Haiti’s Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP or Ministère de la Santé Publique et de la Population), the Direction d’Epidémiologie, de Laboratoire et de Recherches or DELR, which is home to MSPP’s surveillance, epidemiology and laboratory staff, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) staff in Haiti. These new buildings, constructed after the devastation wrought by the nation’s 2010 earthquake, were financed by the CDC Foundation partners including the GE Foundation, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, Proteus On-Demand, and BD invest. For more on the CDC Foundation’s contributions, and the donations of its partners, see the link below.