Entebbe, Uganda

FAO/OIE/WHO Joint Congo River Basin Laboratory Capacity Building and Networking Stakeholder's Meeting (IDENTIFY)

The FAO/OIE/WHO Joint Congo Region Laboratory Capacity Building and Networking Stakeholder’s Meeting was organized for the beneficiary countries of the Congo Basin Region under the IDENTIFY Project. About a hundred participants actively took part in this meeting from both human and animal health sectors and this included Directors of Laboratory Services at Ministries of Health, Director s of Public Health, OIE Delegates, Director s of Central or National Veterinary Laboratories and wildlife counterparts. The participants of the meeting were from 14 countries being: Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic (CAR), Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Kenya, Republic of Congo, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Other participants were from reference laboratories situated outside of the Congo Basin region from both human and animal health laboratories, other EPT projects, and the regional economic community.

 

This project is intended to strengthen laboratory diagnostic capacities through the development of laboratory networks spanning animal and human health sectors in initially 9 countries in the Congo Basin region. FAO, OIE and WHO organized the meeting to engage regional stakeholders in laboratory capacity building and networking activities and to obtain country buy-in and ownership for the IDENTIFY project and its activities. Country perspectives regarding priority list of target diseases, challenges faced by laboratories and opportunities for collaborations were discussed. Strategies, activities and recommendations were proposed to address these challenges.

 

All pictures (c) Jennifer Lasley (oie) 2010

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