Laboratory capacity building: UCRC and USAID towards a future partnership

The UCRC Director, Professor Seydou Doumbia received on Friday, August 16, 2019, two stakeholders of the Infectious Disease Detection and Surveillance (IDDS) project, including Aimé Césaire Kalambry and Seydou FOMBA.

The meeting took place in the UCRC lab meeting room, in the presence of the NIH representative Prof. Laure Juompan, the UCRC Financial and program manager Mr. Cheick Oumar Tangara, the UCRC study coordinator Dr. Oumar Guindo, the head of the UCRC molecular biology unit Dr. Amadou Koné, and the head of the UCRC Bio Chemistry/Hemato Lab Dr Yeya dit Sadio Sarro.

Discussions focused on possible partnership on laboratory capacity building, with a view to developing or improving the national diagnostic networks, laboratory systems and surveillance mechanisms. This helps to deal effectively with the ever-growing number of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. As demonstrated by recent outbreaks of Ebola and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, these diseases can have a devastating impact on populations and quickly cross geographical borders.

At the end of the meeting, Professor Doumbia welcomed the focus on the center for this potential partnership and expressed his eagerness to explore with USAID the best way to work together.

WHAT IS IDDS project ?

Infectious Disease Detection and Surveillance (IDDS) is a five-year USAID-funded project with the following overall objectives: (1) Improve the detection of diseases of public health importance and identification of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in priority infectious diseases through an accessible, accurate, adaptable, timely, and integrated diagnostic network system;

(2) Improve the quality of real-time surveillance systems for pathogens of greatest public health concern, including AMR and zoonotic diseases, and; (3) Generate evidence-based guidance and innovative solutions to strengthen in-country diagnostic networks and surveillance systems.

  • Communication Officer of the University Clinical Research Center (UCRC).

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