Linda Oskam, PhD, has 30 years laboratory experience, of which 24 years focusing on the worldwide improvement of laboratory services. She has a strong interest in policy and planning, quality management, health systems management and public health. Her passion is the integration of laboratory services into the general health system, also from a One Health perspective.
Linda Oskam is a senior advisor for laboratories, control programmes, NGOs, governments and international organizations on diagnostic laboratory services at all levels of the health care system. She has conducted numerous short-term advisory missions on almost all continents, which included setting-up, organizing, staffing, managing and evaluating diagnostic laboratories and laboratory networks, including the integration of these facilities into the public health system. She also has given training on laboratory quality management and facilitated workshops on policy and strategic plan development.
Tjeerd Datema, MSc, advises laboratories, governments and international organizations worldwide on laboratory quality improvement at all levels of the health care system. He is a certified internal auditor for ISO 15189 and ISO 9001 and has served as quality officer of the WHO/FAO/OIE International Leptospirosis Reference Laboratory in The Netherlands. He is the main developer of the LQSI tool and GLI tool which assist medical laboratories with implementation of an ISO 15189 quality management system.
Tjeerd has world-wide experience in capacity building through provision of training in laboratory quality management, guidance of individual laboratories with implementation of a quality management system in accordance with international quality standards, and performing laboratory audits. At laboratory systems level he has conducted laboratory network assessments to advice national governments on laboratory network optimization in view of global health security and he has co-facilitated workshops on national laboratory policy development.
Pamela Hepple, MSc DrPH, is an advisor and trainer in laboratory strengthening, with a focus on tuberculosis diagnosis. She advises medical laboratories, governments and international organisations worldwide on diagnostic laboratory quality, biosafety, biosecurity and capacity improvement across the health care system.
During the course of her career, she has acquired skills working in developing and middle income environments, optimising limited human and material resources, infrastructure design, logistics including cold chain management, and diagnostic algorithm development. She has facilitated multiple training courses and workshops on tuberculosis diagnosis, laboratory quality management systems implementation and mentoring, including development of training material.
Pamela has worked on creating sustained dialogue with national and international actors in the development arena, bringing actors together in cross-sectional meetings to ensure sustainability of innovations for the benefit of the population.
DATOS experts, having a scientific background, have a strong interest in performing research to contribute to the evidence base underlying laboratory strengthening strategies. We always have interesting research questions available for internships and literature studies. Below are a couple of questions we'd like to get an answer to.
We’re also happy to hear about your ideas and to think along. If you have a good idea for research in the field of laboratory (systems) strengthening yourself, don’t hesitate to share it with us. Contact us through email!