Recent Activities - 2015

August 2015: Training in Mongolia

Between 10 and 21 August 2015, Susie Braniff and Marlene Tschaepe returned to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to continue the collaboration with the National Centre for Communicable Diseases (NCCD) and the National Centre for Transfusion Medicine (NCT) on laboratory capacity building.

During this visit, NRL conducted quality audits in four laboratories of the Comprehensive Laboratory Department of NCCD (STI, Hepatology, Bacteriology and Tuberculosis) and the Transfusion Transmitted Infections Screening laboratory of NCT. The audits were performed to assess progress with implementing elements of Laboratory Quality Management Systems (QMS) since NRL’s last visit in October 2013. NRL also performed a review of the national External Quality Assessment Schemes (EQAS) for Serology, Bacteriology and Tuberculosis programs that are run in partnership between NCCD and NCT.

In addition, NRL conducted a technical training workshop for 25 trainees from both NCCD and NCT. The workshop expanded on previous training delivered in Mongolia, covering the topics of Laboratory QMS; Standards and Accreditation; Evaluation of Test Kits; Testing Strategies and Procurement.

NRL would like to thank staff of NCCD and NCT for their participation in the training program, EQAS review and laboratory audits. NRL would also like to thank the World Health Organisation, Mongolia office, and the Global Fund to Fights AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for their support of laboratory capacity building activities in the country.

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