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Rural Infectious Disease Surveillance Project in Mali Enters Phase Two

May 22, 2017 | Bamako (Mali)

On April 5, 2017, the second phase of the LABOMEDCAMP project was officially launched at the Charles Mérieux Center for Infectious Diease.

Senior figures and dignitaries attended the event, including Gilles Tonelli (Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Monaco), François-Xavier Babin (Head of International Development, the Mérieux Foundation), Souleymane Diallo (Managing Director, Charles Mérieux Center for Infectious Disease) and Mansour Sy (National Director, NGO Santé Sud).

The LABOMEDCAMP (the "Laboratoire Médical de Campagne", or country medical laboratory) project sets up small laboratories in community health centers across Mali to improve the quality of infectious disease diagnosis.

In the first phase of the project, which began in 2011, ten new laboratories were installed at ten community health centers in the Kayes, Koulikoro and Ségou regions.

Improving medical care in rural areas

In 2014, the laboratory technicians attended training sessions as part of Ebola crisis management by RESAOLAB and a quality supervision mission was conducted.

Seeing the project’s successful results, which included the incorporation of the ten laboratories into the national quality control and epidemiological surveillance systems, the partners agreed to launch a second phase.

Phase Two will run from May 2017 to 2020. Its objective will be to strengthen and help improve medical care in rural areas through high-quality diagnosis and monitoring in front-line laboratories. During phase two, the project team will seek to make the phase one laboratory activities viable and extend the initiative to eight laboratories in the Kayes, Mopti, Ségou and Sikasso regions (two per region).

Bringing laboratories up to national network standards

Ultimately, the LABOMEDCAMP project will:

  • build the capacities of laboratory technicians and physicians working at community health centers
  • bring laboratory equipment and biosafety conditions up to standard
  • improve integration of these front-line laboratories into national laboratory network activities.

Mr. Tonelli welcomed the new agreement, which reflects a shared desire among all stakeholders to build on the accomplishments of phase one of the project and bring high-quality medical care to as many people as possible.

LABOMEDCAMP is funded by Monaco’s Department of International Cooperation and the Mérieux Foundation. The project is implemented by the Mérieux Foundation, working in partnership with Mali’s Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene, NGO Santé Sud, the Charles Mérieux Center for Infectious Disease in Mali, and the Association des Médecins de Campagne.

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