Benin hosts training course in Biomedical Maintenance for Laboratory Technicians

September 27, 2021 - Cotonou (Benin)


For 8 weeks, the Ecole Polytechnique Abomey Calavi (EPAC) in Benin has organized training on the maintenance of laboratory equipment, as part of the RESAOLAB (West African Network of Medical Biology Laboratories) project. For this session, which started on September 20, 15 participants were selected from 7 countries of the network.

Les participants à la formation des techniciens de laboratoire en maintenance biomédicale RESAOLAB

The training course provides technicians working in biomedical analysis laboratories with basic skills in the preliminary preventative and curative maintenance of basic laboratory equipment.

Formation des techniciens de laboratoire en maintenance biomédicale RESAOLAB

The teaching is divided into five units, each of which includes theoretical lessons, as well as practical and customised sessions.

The lessons are led by various instructors, including EPAC teachers, biomedical engineers in charge of public institutions in Benin and maintenance experts from the private sector.

The objectives of the training course are to:

  • Identify user maintenance aspects for biomedical analysis equipment and their accessories and derivatives;
  • Understand the operational structure of a range of biomedical analysis equipment;
  • Acquire knowledge to ensure that preventive user maintenance is correct, effective and efficient for a range of biomedical analysis equipment;
  • Carry out certain tests to check the accuracy of the adjustment and calibration of the technical factors for a range of biomedical analysis equipment.

This session will end on 14 November with an individual and group assessment and the presentation of practical projects.


A system of medical biology laboratories providing high-quality services is an essential requirement for improving population health. The West African Network of Biomedical Analysis Laboratories (RESAOLAB) is the first regional program in West Africa to provide a response to this public health concern. Designed with West African healthcare stakeholders, it takes into consideration all the factors affecting the laboratories’ governance and performance. Its objective is to improve the quality of medical biology services in seven West African countries, by reinforcing their laboratory systems with a multifaceted regional approach.

RESAOLAB is an innovative network that aims to enhance access to quality diagnostics for vulnerable people in seven West African countries. The project was initiated by the Mérieux Foundation in 2009, in collaboration with the Ministries of Health of Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal. Four new countries joined the network in 2013: Benin, Guinea, Niger and Togo. The project entered its third phase in 2019 as part of a partnership between the Mérieux Foundation and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), in order to continue to reinforce laboratory systems.

Find out more about RESAOLAB