Title: TESA II Reference Laboratory establishment
Code: D19-08, D19-12
Date: May - August 2019
Location: Mozambique, Botswana, South Africa
Client: Trials of Excellence in Southern Africa, through the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development
Type of services:
[1 August 2019] In the months of June and July the focus of DATOS’ activities broadened to strengthening research laboratories by assisting the Trials of Excellence in Southern Africa network, shortly TESA network.
The TESA network was launched in 2009 during the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) phase 1. The objective of this network is to strengthen clinical research capacities in Southern Africa as well as increase North-South and South-South networks. Currently, TESA incorporates 13 institutions in eight Southern African and four European countries. The activities of the TESA network currently focus mostly on capacity building and strengthening less established institutions for the identification, treatment and prevention of poverty-related infectious diseases in the Southern Region of Africa.
DATOS was asked to assist with the establishment of reference laboratories within this network for HIV, malaria and tuberculosis. In June we visited:
We conducted an assessment at both laboratories to investigate their structure, capacity, quality management system, and other strengths and weaknesses.
During a joint workshop directly following the laboratory visits, the teams of both institutes and the experts of DATOS formulated Terms of Reference (ToR) for the TESA reference laboratories and, based on that, developed an action plan for both laboratories to work towards implementing the ToR. Source: //blog.datos-advice.nl/?p=68