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Laboratory Quality Management Systems Training in Timor-Leste

NRL was requested by the World Health Organization (WHO) South East Asian Regional Office (SEARO) to support and enhance the short and long term plans for strengthening Laboratory Quality Management Systems (LQMS) at the National Health Laboratory (NHL) in Dili, Timor-Leste.

The NHL functions as a reference and public health laboratory with its primary purpose being able to provide accurate diagnostics to support appropriate decisions for clinical treatment of patients throughout Timor-Leste.  The main activities of the National Laboratory are the provision of laboratory testing, monitoring and supervision of all public and private laboratories in Timor-Leste, provision of training to all human health laboratory personnel nationally, participation and provision of a Quality Assurance Scheme, both locally and externally and implementation of program-based public health surveillance and research.

The ultimate objective of this request is to ensure that LQMS will be maintained at NHL in the long term, for all testing services.

To support this objective, NRL provided training and mentoring over two separate visits, to enhance NHL staff understanding of the concept of LQMS, the quality cycle; and how to establish and maintain quality in the laboratory. There was particular focus on sustainability of training and the therefore the quality concepts delivered were immediately and practically applied to real-life situations and challenges. Through site visits, NRL was able to identify gaps and challenges and thereby provide practical short, medium and long-term recommendations to address these.

NRL would like to acknowledge and thank WHO Timor-Leste, as well as all the staff and participants from NHL and HNGV who enthusiastically participated and contributed to this training.


NRL Staff member Susie Braniff and Training participants of Timor-Leste

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