Our partners of the Challenge TB project in Myanmar
(FHI360) presented the big progress made by the National TB Reference
Laboratory of Myanmar as result of the situational analysis conducted by DATOS
in January this year. This presentation was given at the Challenge TB
Diagnostic Network Workshop taking place this week in The Hague, The
Netherlands.

TB Laboratory Strengthening in Myanmar
DATOS visited
Myanmar
last year to provide training on laboratory quality management and
biorisk management to TB laboratory specialists. The next step was
conducting a thorough situational analysis of the TB laboratory system of
Myanmar, including assessment of the two main TB laboratories: the National TB
Reference Laboratory in Yangon and the Upper-Myanmar TB Centre in Mandalay. This was done by DATOS in January this year. The outcomes of this situational analysis paved the way to further improvement
of the TB laboratories and TB laboratory network of Myanmar.

Collateral impact: Strengthening of the National
Public Health Laboratory
The activities of
DATOS in Myanmar also raised the interest of the National Public Health Laboratory (NPHL) of Myanmar to accept the challenge to strengthen the quality of their
services. A separate training on
laboratory quality management was provided by DATOS in May to NPHL laboratory
staff.

The story will
continue! Check this blog regularly to stay up to date.