Partners’ meeting on the Better Labs for Better Health initiative

17–18 June 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark 

This meeting will focus on building sustainable laboratory capacities in the WHO European Region under the Better Labs for Better Health initiative. Participants will review the work of WHO, countries and partners in the area of laboratory system strengthening, laboratory networks for targeted diseases, and laboratory quality and biosafety. Joint sessions will be held with WHO/Europe and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to strengthen regional laboratory capacity to support the national HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programmes in eastern Europe and central Asia.

Objectives

The objectives of the meeting are to:

  • present the results of the first 2 years of the Better Labs for Better Health initiative;
  • bring WHO guidance, tools and teaching curricula in the area of laboratory quality and laboratory system strengthening to the attention of a wide audience;
  • provide a forum for countries that are working to strengthen their laboratory services to share expertise, experience and lessons learnt; and
  • enhance interactions between countries, partners and donors in the area of laboratory quality strengthening.

Outcomes

A report describing the results of the first two years of the “Better Labs for Better Health” initiative and a plan for the way forward will be published following the meeting.

Participants

The partners taking part in the meeting include representatives of Member States that are currently implementing the Better Labs for Better Health initiative (including Republic of Moldova, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan) and other interested countries of the newly independent states (including Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan); partners and donors; professional associations in the areas of laboratory quality and biosafety; WHO country offices, regional offices and headquarters, and other United Nations organizations.