In the wake of the Ebola epidemic in Western Africa, the
Royal Netherlands Embassy in Accra, Ghana is funding a 2-year project to assist
institutes in Sierra Leone and Guinea to build sustainable systems to answer
emerging diseases and future epidemic threats. This project has 3 work
packages: (1) community involvement; (2) laboratory strengthening; and (3)
results based finances. The project brings together partners from 4 African
countries (Guinea, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Rwanda) to formulate innovative African
solutions for African challenges. Crucial in this is the One Health concept,
that recognizes that humans, animals and the environment are all crucial
elements in ensuring health.

The role of DATOS

At the request of the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), the
coordinator of the project, DATOS performs the monitoring and evaluation of the
laboratory strengthening work package and trains and guides the newly
established laboratory at Njala University in Sierra Leone to implement a
quality management system for ensuring reliable results.

The current meeting:
coordinating activities

From 8 to 10 August Linda Oskam participated in the mid-term
coordination meeting in Conakry Guinee, during which successes and challenges
were discussed and the way forward was agreed upon. As part of the meeting, the
participants visited the private Health Focus laboratory in Conakry at the
invitation of of Dr. Yansane, who is
also the lead in Guinea on the results-based financing package.