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Training Community Health Doctors and Laboratory Technicians in Mali

February 9, 2018 | Bamako (Mali)

In Mali, the Mérieux Foundation organized training for eight doctors and eight lab technicians on basic medical analysis laboratory techniques. The training is part of the LABOratoire MEDical de CAMPagne (LABOMEDCAMP) project, which establishes laboratories in front line community health centers in order to improve the quality of biological diagnostics and, in turn, the healthcare available to rural populations, particularly mothers and children.

During the first phase of LABOMEDCAMP, ten laboratories were established in ten community health centers. Continued trainings will help strengthen capacities in biomedical analysis, good laboratory practices, and laboratory management.

Doctors and technicians trained at the Charles Mérieux Center for Infectious Disease

In January and February, trainings were provided to:

  • Three doctors and three laboratory technicians from the Kayes region
  • Five doctors and five laboratory technicians from the Ségou and Koulikouro regions

Biologists from the Charles Mérieux Center for Infectious Disease in Mali, a research and training center created in 2005 through a public-private partnership between the Mérieux Foundation and the Malian government, lead the training.

Improving treatment for rural populations

LABOMEDCAMP launched its second phase in 2017, with the goal of creating eight new laboratories in the regions of Kayes, Ségou, Sikasso, and Mopti. The project works to improve treatment of rural populations, particularly mothers and children, through high-quality diagnostics and biological monitoring in the regions of Kayes, Koulikoro, Ségou, Sikasso, and Mopti.

This project is the result of a partnership between the Mérieux Foundation, the NGO Santé Sud, the Charles Mérieux Center for Infectious Disease in Mali, and the Rural Doctors Association. It was made possible through collaboration with Mali’s Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene, and thanks to the financial support of Monaco’s Department for International Cooperation and the Mérieux Foundation.

Learn more about the LABOMEDCAMP project.

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