Training of national trainers in laboratory quality management in Turkmenistan
A 5-day training course for senior laboratory managers, managers responsible for quality management at central and regional levels, professionals from Turkmen State Medical University and members of the National Laboratory Working Group took place from 30 October to 3 November 2017 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
The WHO Country Office in Turkmenistan organized the course in collaboration with WHO/Europe’s Better Labs for Better Health initiative. Its purpose was to train professionals in laboratory quality management, enabling them to become and remain national leaders in this field and to teach other laboratory specialists.
The course included an introduction to the laboratory quality management system (LQMS) and the Laboratory Quality Stepwise Implementation (LQSI) tool. To increase the impact and dissemination of knowledge from the course, it also featured a train-the-trainer component covering the theory and practice of modern adult learning. This will enable participants to offer the introductory LQMS training course and the course on the LQSI tool.
Participants also gained the theoretical background and practical expertise to implement a quality management system that complies with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 15189 standard for medical laboratories.
The long-term goals of the course are to strengthen the quality management capacities of laboratory services in the country, and to improve the country’s capacity for early detection and notification in accordance with the International Health Regulations (2005).