The Royal Netherlands Embassy in Ghana is supporting a Post-Ebola Resilience Project in Sierra Leone and Guinee. Part of this project, which is coordinated by KIT, is the establishment of a virology laboratory at Njala University in Central Sierra Leone. After upgrading of the facilities, the laboratory is now ready to roll. Providing quality laboratory services is crucial.

As trained laboratory workers are scarce in Sierra Leone (there were only 60 of them before the Ebola outbreak started), capacity building is an integral and very important part of the project.

First, the laboratory staff received technical training from Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research from Ghana. From 11-15 October DATOS trained 9 young, enthusiastic laboratory staff members in quality management.

At the end of the training, the participants made an action plan with which they will start implementing a quality management system in the laboratory.

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