National laboratory working group members capacitated at workshop on laboratory systems improvement in eastern Europe and central Asia

WHO

On 9–12 May 2016, a workshop was held in Copenhagen, Denmark during which key members of the national laboratory working groups (NLWGs) from Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Moldova, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan came together to exchange experiences and be introduced to the latest developments in laboratory sciences, which allows them to become and remain national leaders in this field in their countries.

Since 2013, several countries in eastern Europe and central Asia have been involved in the improvement of their diagnostic and public health laboratory systems under the Better Labs for Better Health initiative, coordinated by WHO/Europe. In each country, a NLWG was formally appointed by the government. The NLWGs, composed of leading laboratory specialists in each country, are central to the development of national laboratory policies and strategic plans, evaluation of the laboratory training curricula and the implementation of activities to improve the diagnostic and public health laboratory services in the country.

Participants received introduction in the latest developments in:

  • management and leadership skills
  • laboratory quality management systems
  • biosafety and biosecurity
  • laboratory assessments
  • outbreak surveillance and response systems
  • Zika virus and Ebola preparedness.