Management and leadership skills are not taught when one studies laboratory sciences. Still, many laboratory scientists or technologists eventually end up as a laboratory manager. Over the years we have noticed that countries recognize the need for formal laboratory management training. WHO and its partners are now developing a formal Global Laboratory Leadership Programme (GLLP), which will ultimately consist of 9 modules and will be aimed at laboratory professionals under the One Health concept.

DATOS was asked by WHO EMRO to coordinate the first official in-country evaluation of materials that were developed for the modules Leadership and Communication. From 2 to 6 September Linda Oskam and Kim Lewis taught the first 1-week, face-to-face training to 7 mid-career laboratory professionals in Islamabad, Pakistan. These included representatives from both the human health and the veterinary health laboratories.

The training was very interactive, which was highly appreciated by the participants. They are currently working on their homework assignment under the guidance of national mentors. In 2 weeks’ time we will be back for the next instalment of this training.

Role-play of a visit to the secretary of health