Mérieux Foundation co-organized event

3rd Advanced Course on Diagnostics in French on the African continent (AFRO-ACDx)

November 19-24, 2023 - Dakar (Senegal)


Participants of 2nd Advanced Course on Diagnostics in French on the African continent (AFRO-ACDx) in Dakar, Senegal

Following the success of the first two editions of the Advanced Course on Diagnostics in French (Afro-ACDx) in 2021 and 2022, the Mérieux Fondation and the Institut Pasteur of Dakar are organising the 3rd edition in Senegal, from November 19 to 24, 2023. The Afro-ACDx course is the link between the international ACDx course, organised each year in English at Les Pensières Center for Global Health, Veyrier-du-Lac, France, and the GLLP learning programme (Global Laboratory Leadership Programme1) which offers a training module on leadership skills.

Afro-ACDx is designed for directors or managers of diagnostic laboratories and people in charge of critical decisions in the field of human and animal health diagnostics. The aim is to contribute to strengthening local capacities of diagnostic laboratories in West and Central Africa through training and partnership development.

The course programme and the selection of participants are under the responsibility of a Scientific Committee represented by the most important institutions involved in diagnostics in Africa: World Health Organization (WHO), WHO/AFRO, Africa CDC, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Organization for Animal Health (OMSA), Institut National de la Recherche Biomédicale (INRB), Institut Pasteur, West African Health Organization (WAHO), Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), West African Network of Medical Biology Laboratories (RESAOLAB) and private laboratories.

To create an alumni community, a connection is established between the participants from each edition of the course. Participants from previous years are invited to share what they have implemented in terms of organization in their laboratory or team management following the Afro-ACDx course along with advanced leadership training.

1This programme has been developed by six organizations: Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), European Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Organization for Animal Health (OMSA), World Health Organization (WHO).

Expected results

At the end of the course, participants will have:

  • Acquired leadership and management skills based on the GLLP programme
  • Reviewed techniques used in a diagnostic laboratory and discussed innovative concepts
  • Exchanged with peers on laboratory networks in Africa
  • Reviewed the importance of diagnostics to fight AMR and in the outbreak management, in line with the new WHO resolution on diagnostics

Course fees

Accommodation fees

All participants (including three meals a day for the duration of the course): €1,100*

Registration fees

  • Participants from public or private laboratories and from government institutions: €1,500*
  • Participants from sponsoring industries: €2,500*
  • Other industry participants: €4,500*

*VAT included. All fees are due in full to confirm participation.

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