Training for public health specialists of Tajikistan strengthens capacity for laboratory assessment on the basis of WHO tool

WHO/Nukra Sinavbarova

With technical and financial support from the WHO Regional office for Europe, the Ministry of Health and the WHO Country office, Tajikistan, organized a special ten-day training in September 2011, for health care specialists for laboratory assessment. The training was facilitated by international experts Ms Joanna Zwetyenga and Ms Nino Macharashvili, from Integrated Quality Laboratory Service.

The ten-day training was conducted in the State Sanitary Epidemiological Surveillance Service with field visits to health care clinics and medical points, where the participants were working practically by visiting the public health infectious laboratories. The purpose of the training was a continuation of work from a mission in February 2011, where an assessment was made of laboratory services and structure considering the compliance with the International Health Regulations (IHR). Strengthening the capacity of public health specialists in the field of laboratory network across the regions and working on the quality management of laboratory services as a part of the strategic policies for the public health.

The training included both theoretical and practical sessions, where the participants had an opportunity to get hands on practice and meet with the health care personnel in the public health laboratories, as well as refresh their knowledge and skills. It started with a 5-day training session, followed by 2 days of visits to local public health laboratories, where participants had an opportunity to makes assessments using techniques they had learned in the training. 

The remaining days of the training were focused on final recommendations and laboratory results meeting, which was held in the State Sanitary Epidemiological Surveillance Service with the participation of the representatives of the health care facilities, Dr Mirzoev A.S Deputy Minister of Health, WHO representatives and international facilitators of the training.

At the end of the training, participants came up with recommendations which will be included in the briefing report.

Recommendations and outcomes of the training were:

  • strengthening of the public health and the laboratory network capacity across the Republic of Tajikistan;
  • improved capacity for the usage of WHO laboratory assessment tool;
  • finalization of a Tajik-specific laboratory assessment tool;
  • assessment of a large set of laboratories (rayon, oblast, and national level) to include in a final report.

Upon completion of the training, the participants were awarded certificates for their successful participation and practice of the skills they received during the training.