RESAMAD

Creating a laboratory network in Madagascar by renovating and equipping laboratories and providing training for lab personnel.

Type

Access to diagnostics

Region

Africa

Country

Madagascar

Partners

4

Status

In progress

Context

The Mérieux Foundation takes a network-based approach to supporting laboratories and improving the surveillance of diseases that have the potential to cause an epidemic. Thanks to this approach, laboratories from the same country or region are able to pool resources and share expertise, while they also gain greater independence in their activities.

Certain labs in Madagascar lack sufficient equipment and personnel to perform basic analyses in line with good practices.

The Mérieux Foundation is therefore creating a network of laboratories in Madagascar to train personnel and improve the quality of care for patients.

Aims

Provide technical support to set up biomedical analyses for the diagnosis and surveillance of infectious diseases in public and private hospitals in Madagascar.

Activities

  • Renovate the laboratories participating in this project, which was launched in late 2006;
  • Equip the labs with sufficient reagents and supplies to start operating;
  • Put in place new microbiology analyses;
  • Support epidemiological surveillance;
  • Provide training for technicians and laboratory biologists;
  • Set up a quality assurance system;
  • Organize committees for laboratory management;
  • Organization of specialized workshops on antibiotic resistance in seven laboratories strengthened in microbiology.

Achievements

The RESAMAD network has 24 public and private hospital laboratories covering all of Madagascar’s 22 regions. Members share expertise, harmonize practices, pool equipment orders and benefit from infrastructure improvements and equipment, training, external quality control and biannual workshops.

13 of these laboratories have been strengthened to perform specialized microbiology testing and some are participating in research projects on antimicrobial resistance. They thus improve patient care and contribute to the biological and epidemiological surveillance of AMR. They collaborate with the Department of Health Watch, Epidemiological Surveillance and Response (DVSSER) to contribute data to the WHO’s Global Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (GLASS). 

Partners

Operational:

  • Laboratory Development Department of the Ministry of Public Health
  • Charles Mérieux Center for Infectious Disease
  • Indian Ocean Commission

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