This online training is based on the "GLI Practical Guide to TB Laboratory Strengthening", a publication of the Global Laboratory Initiative (GLI), a working group of the Stop TB Partnership.
Who should take this course:
The training is intended to familiarize those who are providing technical assistance to TB laboratories in low- and middle-income countries with WHO recommendations and international best practices, and may be used as a training resource for new TB laboratory consultants or as refresher training for established consultants prior to a technical assistance assignment. It may also be used as a reference for the latest resources and tools.
The training course is divided into the following sections according to the guide chapters and also includes a pre-training and post-course assessment which needs to be passed in order to complete the training.
- WHO-recommended tests for detecting MTB and drug resistance
- The TB laboratory network
- Diagnostic algorithms
- Targets and indicators for TB laboratory strengthening
Key Technical Areas for Guidance:
- Procurement and supply-chain management
- Specimen collection, transportation, and registration
- Quality assurance (QA)
- Implementing quality management systems (QMS)
- TB laboratory biosafety
- Implementing systems to manage laboratory data
- Human resources
- Linking laboratory services to TB care and treatment
- Strengthening the role of private laboratories in national TB programmes
- Strategic planning for national TB laboratory networks
- Funding TB laboratories and services
Providing technical assistance:
- Types of technical assistance
- The role of the TB Supranational Reference Laboratory Network
- Processes for technical assistance