Our work in Malawi

Malawi - Mentoring the National TB Reference Laboratory and TB Laboratory Network

DATOS was asked by ChallengeTB to assist the National TB Reference Laboratory (NTRL) and TB laboratory network of Malawi to accelerate strengthening of the TB laboratory network and ensure sustainable improvements.


Mentoring of senior laboratory staff

DATOS will provide mentorship to laboratory managers and other senior staff at the NTRL in Lilongwe and two other TB culture laboratories in Mzuzu and Zomba. Through a series of visits DATOS will develop both personal and professional skills of laboratory staff as well as improve technical aspects of the NTRL and TB laboratory network. Efforts will focus on intra- and interlaboratory team building, and building management and leadership skills.


Improving the TB laboratory network

Aside from personal and professional development of laboratory managers and staff members, DATOS will also support the strengthening of the TB laboratory network of Malawi. This will amongst others, include improvement of the specimen transport system and supporting the planning and implementation of new techniques, and strengthening current techniques.



These activities fit within the work plan of ChallengeTB Malawi under the various intervention areas for ensuring comprehensive and high quality diagnostic services. The activities aim at substantially strengthening Malawi’s TB laboratory network. Well-structured mentorship of senior staff has the potential to accelerate strengthening of the TB laboratory network as well as ensure sustainability of efforts.


ChallengeTB is a USAID-funded 5-year global program to decrease TB mortality and morbidity in high burdened countries. The program is led by the KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, which leads an international consortium with eight partner organizations: American Thoracic Society (ATS), Family Health International (FHI 360), Interactive Research & Development (IRD), Japanese Anti Tuberculosis Foundation (JATA), Management Sciences for Health (MSH), Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), and the World Health Organization (WHO).


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