The 5-day workshop was organized at IQLS with the support of Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC). Two countries namely Ghana and Liberia participated in this workshop.
It covered 4 main themes:
• Laboratory Coordination / Regulation / Inspection
• Reference laboratories and Referral Systems
• Human Resources Management, Training and Security
• Quality Management Systems / External Quality Assessment Programs
The main objectives were to bring together experts from 2 neighboring countries sharing similar problems and challenges, stimulate exchanges and networking between them, and develop or update each country’s national documents and business plan for the next 6 months.
Profile of participants
Participants shall be laboratory specialists with the following profiles:
• Senior specialist working at MoH level for laboratory coordination (“laboratory
bureau”, “laboratory direction”, etc.)
• Specialist in charge of national management for laboratories: equipment, supplies, EQA,
biosafety, QMS, etc.
• Senior laboratory specialist from reference laboratory
• Senior laboratory specialist from regional or provincial laboratory
• University professor in charge of future laboratory specialist training (residents, PhD)
At the end of the workshop, each country will be able to rely on:
• Theoretical training and training material on the four themes addressed during the workshop
• Supplementary documentation in relation with the 4 themes
• A 6 month action plan for laboratory system implementation
• A draft (or update) document addressing the following issues:
- – Laboratory coordination.
- – Laboratory regulations and inspection
- – Laboratory tiered levels
- – Reference laboratories and referral system
- – Staff, training and equipment management
- – National QMS program, national EQA program
This workshop has provided an opportunity for the strategic review of Laboratory systems in Ghana. We have developed, a roadmap, a short term workplan to address priority issues for the Ghana Laboratory System.
The training has been very helpful to me. As the Laboratory Advisor, the training has empowered me with the tools I need to better support the government and partners to build a better laboratory system that would support quality and efficient patient care.
I would recommend this training to anyone who is interested in quality laboratory training. I mean how to get it right from the very beginning. Great job, great learning atmosphere. Bravo.