Title: TB laboratory systems strengthening and mentoring of a TB laboratory expert
Date: January - September 2018
Client: USAID/Challenge TB through the KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation
Type of services:
Mentoring of the National TB Laboratory Expert. Four missions were conducted and distance support was provided.
[1 Feb 2018] The TB laboratory network in Malawi is extensive and well organized, but support is needed to further improve the activities and strengthen the role of the new National TB Program (NTP) Diagnostic Laboratory Expert. To this end, Linda Oskam visited Lilongwe from 8 to 19 January 2018 to work together with the NTP Diagnostic Laboratory Expert on further strengthening and improvement her skills.
[28 Mrt 2018] DATOS went back to Malawi again to continue the mentoring of Malawi’s NTP Diagnostic Laboratory Expert (NDLE). Pamela Hepple worked with the NDLE on reviewing GLI and WHO tools, guidance documents and reports to determine how best to support the TB laboratory network. Action plans were developed to strengthen the TB microscopy network and to guide the use of GeneXpert technology alongside HIV activities. External quality assurance data was analysed, and procedures for laboratory network supervision were discussed and strengthened. Standard indicators for performance monitoring of TB culture and drug sensitivity testing were defined, and preparation for the upcoming drug resistance survey was reviewed. Pamela and the NDLE also spent a few days supporting activities in Mzuzu regional TB culture laboratory. The mission ended just in time to see the last of the preparations for World TB Day!
[8 Oct 2018] In September 2018, DATOS’ Linda Oskam worked closely together with the National TB Laboratory Expert (NTLE) of Malawi, Dr. Mirriam Nyenje. The current visit was the last one of four missions sponsored by Challenge TB that aimed at mentoring Dr. Nyenje. At the end of the mission Dr. Nyenje received a Certificate of Recognition for all the new activities she initiated and the hard work she has performed to improve the TB laboratory services in Malawi during the timeframe of the project.