Recent Activities - 2021

Update on our work with SEALAB

As part of the SEALAB project, NRL will be supporting the following five human health laboratories in Lao PDR to enhance their quality management systems (QMS):


1.           The National Centre for Laboratory and Epidemiology, Vientiane (NCLE)

2.           Mahosot Hospital Microbiology Laboratory

3.           Champasak Provincial Hospital Laboratory

4.           Oudomxay Provincial Hospital Laboratory

5.           Sayabouly Provincial Hospital Laboratory


To ensure that NRL provides relevant, sustainable and needs-based support, NRL utilised the WHO Laboratory Quality Stepwise Implementation (LQSI) tool, and led a baseline assessment of Sayabouly and Champasak Provincial Hospital laboratories between 3 - 12 March 2021. As NRL was unable to visit Lao PDR in person, on-the-ground support was provided by NCLE and the Mérieux Foundation during the three-day assessment for each laboratory.  On 19 March 2021, a one-day visit was undertaken by the Mérieux Foundation to Mahosot Hospital Microbiology laboratory, to verify the information already collected from a previous LQSI self-assessment. No visits were performed to Oudomxay Provincial Laboratory and NCLE, as both laboratories were recently assessed using the same tool, enabling NRL to utilise the information already available through the results of these recent assessments.  


The assessment outcomes will be discussed with in-country partners and will inform the finalisation of the SEALAB workplan for Lao PDR.  Further information about the visits to Sayabouly, Champasak and Mahosot Hospital Laboratories is available at this link:

Participants of the SEALAB Project