Recent Activities - 2015

February 2015: Programs Delivered in Myanmar

Between February 23 and 4 March 2015, Marlene Tschaepe delivered a training workshop at the National Health Laboratory (NHL) in Yangon under the project "Establishment of Laboratory Quality Systems in Myanmar", which is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia (DFAT).

Representatives from the five laboratories supported under this program participated in an interactive Quality Management workshop that covered topics such as documentation, process mapping, quality indicators and  internal auditing. Each laboratory was also required to present and report on the outcomes of their respective quality improvement projects, which saw three laboratories develop the first version of their laboratory quality manual, and two laboratories implement internal auditing systems. 

Following the Quality Management workshop was a two day Equipment Calibration training session attended by two representatives from the National Health Laboratory (NHL) and Mandalay Public Health Laboratory.  The trainees were provided hands-on training in the calibration and maintenance of key critical equipment, such as analytical balances and pipettes.  It is envisioned that both laboratories will in future provide an in-country calibration service for laboratories across Myanmar.

NRL’s next visit to Myanmar is planned for May 2015 and will focus again on building skills to monitor and maintain an effective QMS and a progress report on the outcomes of a second improvement project.  NRL would like to thank the Myanmar participants for their eager participation during the training workshops, and DFAT for their support of this project.

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