DATOS went back to Malawi again to continue the mentoring of Malawi’s NTP Diagnostic Laboratory Expert (NDLE).

Pamela Hepple worked with the NDLE on reviewing GLI and WHO tools, guidance documents and reports to determine how best to support the TB laboratory network. Action plans were developed to strengthen the TB microscopy network and to guide the use of GeneXpert technology alongside HIV activities. External quality assurance data was analysed, and procedures for laboratory network supervision were discussed and strengthened. Standard indicators for performance monitoring of TB culture and drug sensitivity testing were defined, and preparation for the upcoming drug resistance survey was reviewed. Pamela and the NDLE also spent a few days supporting activities in Mzuzu regional TB culture laboratory. The mission ended just in time to see the last of the preparations for World TB Day!

This mission’s activities will be followed up during the third mission, planned for June 2018.