A pilot training program for laboratory technicians was organized at the Charles Mérieux Infectiology Centre (CICM) of Madagascar. Part of the Madagascan Minister of Health’s programme to reinforce the country’s network of laboratories, the programme was supported by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD).
Fourteen laboratory technicians from seven regional hospitals took part in the training, which covered immunology and bacteriology for the surveillance of diseases with the potential to become epidemic.
he courses were taught by three trainers who contribute to Fondation Mérieux programs at the CICM of Mali : Prof. Mahamadou Diakité, professor of immunology at the Bamako Malaria Research and Training Center and Dr. Seydou Diarra, Head of Bacteriology at the National Public Health Research Institute. They were supported by Aimé Césaire Kalambry, a monitor of laboratory work and a graduate from the first class of the BAMS* program at the CICM of Mali.
Dr. Seydou Diarra, who has contributed to networking programs in Mali (Action Biomali) and in West Africa (RESAOLAB) since 2005, was also able to visit laboratories and share his experience with his Madagascan colleagues.
Following this first success, the initiative will be continued, taking advantage of the expertise of West African partners, thanks to funding for strengthening the laboratory sector, in partnership with Fondation Mérieux.
*Bachelor of Science in Biological and Applied Medical Sciences (BAMS)