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Second Regional WARDS and RESAOLAB Workshops on Laboratory and Network Strengthening in the Fifteen ECOWAS Countries

May 17, 2016 | Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)

Around seventy participants, including the leading clinical biology experts of the fifteen ECOWAS countries*, have gathered in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso from May 17th to 19th, for the West African Regional Disease Surveillance (WARDS) project’s second regional workshop on laboratory strengthening and networks, and RESAOLAB** technical workshops.

The high authority of Dr. Smaïla Ouedraogo, Minister of Health of Burkina Faso, convened the event with participants including Dr. Xavier Crespin, Director General of WAHO; Professor Rasmane Semde, Director of the Directorate of Pharmacy, Medicine and Laboratories (DGPML); Alain Demaison, representing the French Embassy; Thierry Liscia, Deputy Director of Agence Française de Développement (AFD) in Burkina Faso; and Benoît Miribel, Director General of Fondation Mérieux.

This joint meeting between two public health initiatives brings together the leaders of laboratory services in the fifteen ECOWAS countries to discuss national and regional issues faced by biomedical laboratories, and the development of harmonized laboratory policies at the regional level. For the second consecutive year, the RESAOLAB technical workshops are organized jointly with the WARDS regional workshop as the two programs deepen their collaboration. Through WARDS, RESAOLAB’s activities, especially continuous training, are expanding to cover all of the ECOWAS countries.

RESAOLAB workshops on important issues such as epidemiological surveillance, training and quality will aIso provide an overview of the latest advances made by the program.

*Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo

**RESAOLAB: Réseau d’Afrique de l’Ouest des Laboratoires d’Analyses Biomédicales (West African network of biomedical analysis laboratories)


The World Bank’s Africa Catalytic Growth Fund (ACGF) has provided $10 million and the ECOWAS has contributed an additional $1.5 million to support the deployment of the West African Regional Disease Surveillance (WARDS).

Beginning in March 2014, WARDS aims to improve disease surveillance and response in the fifteen ECOWAS member states. A collaborative partnership between the WHO, Centre for International Cooperation in Health and Development (CCISD), University of Oslo, University of Ghana, CDC Foundation and Fondation Mérieux, WARDS seeks to establish, equip and ensure the functioning of sixty epidemiological surveillance centers.

Fondation Mérieux coordinates the laboratory component of WARDS, providing expertise and technical support to improve the skills of laboratory professionals in all of the ECOWAS countries.

RESAOLAB Contact - Fondation Mérieux

Dr. Jean-Louis Machuron
Tel: +33 6 11 45 03 59
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WARDS Contact - Fondation Mérieux

Dr. Josette El-Pellet Najjar
Tel: +33 6 60 38 73 20
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Press Contact - Fondation Mérieux

Koren Wolman-Tardy
Tel: +33 6 13 94 51 14
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