Recent Activities - 2016

August 2016: Inter-country Workshop on Capacity Building in the Measles and Rubella Laboratory Network

The World Health Organization (WHO) Southeast Asia Regional Office (SEARO) organised a six day Regional Meeting of Virologists from the Measles and Rubella Laboratory Network, held in Thimphu, Bhutan, from 15-20 August 2016. The meeting brought together 60 participants from laboratories in Bhutan, Bangladesh, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand as well as the WHO Country Office and Headquarters. Susie Braniff from the NRL Training Team conducted a three day workshop as part of the Regional Meeting, which focussed on the implementation of an internal auditing process for continual improvement.

The training workshop was composed of presentations covering the topics of quality management systems, performing internal audits, corrective and preventive action, PDCA cycle and continual improvement in the laboratory. The lecture-based content was interspersed with a series of group activities, which included mapping a laboratory process, asking audit questions and making observations, developing an audit checklist, problem solving using the PDCA cycle and root cause analysis.

One day of the regional meeting was largely devoted to an interactive auditor training session where participants worked in teams to develop audit checklists, practice auditing techniques and deliver an audit report on their findings.

The purpose of this activity was to provide practical experience regarding the steps required to plan, execute and report on an internal audit; and build confidence when performing an audit. The enthusiasm and engagement of all participants, along with input from the facilitators sharing their auditing experiences, ensured this activity was a valuable learning experience.

NRL would like to thank the virologists from the Measles and Rubella Network for their active participation in the training - Ms Sirima Pattamadilok for organising the regional meeting and WHO SEARO for their continued support of laboratory capacity building in the South East Asian region.

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