This photograph was created by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health Scientist, and former Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer, Victor Balaban, Ph.D. The image was captured in South Africa, at the country’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD). This laboratory technician was in the process of using a multichannel pipette, simultaneously introducing eight separate samples into the well rows of a 96-well specimen tray in preparation of an unidentified test. The tech was performing this task within the confines of a negatively-pressurized flow hood, and was wearing a pair of blue nitrile gloves, and protective eyewear. See PHIL 20638, for a closer view of this pipetting technique.
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) started work in South Africa in 1989, helping partners address HIV. In 1994, CDC began to collaborate with the government to conduct epidemiology training, develop national health goals and objectives, develop national HIV clinical, ethical, and research guidelines, and support HIV and TB programs.”
For more on CDC’s public healthcare role in South Africa, please see the link below.