From 28 November to 2 December DATOS provided a training on quality management for staff from three tuberculosis laboratories in Myanmar, among which the two largest TB laboratories in the country, the National TB Reference Laboratory (NTRL) and the Upper Myanmar TB Center (UMTBC). The training was organized by FHI360 in Myanmar under the USAID Challenge TB program and supported by the Government of Myanmar.

In September staff had received a three-day biorisk management training which was now expanded with a training on all aspects of quality management, including the use of the Global Laboratory Initiative Stepwise Implementation towards TB Laboratory Accreditation (“GLI Tool”) to help the laboratories with the implementation of a quality management system.

At the end of the training the laboratories prepared action plans to start with the implementation. This will help the laboratories to implement a quality management system and fulfill End TB Strategy objective 12: The NTRL of high-burden TB countries should be ISO 15189 accredited by 2020.