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February 21, 2018

JICA's Cooperation with Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC): Post Assessment Workshop for Biomedical Engineering Assessment of Molecular Diagnostic Capacity for NCDC Designated Laboratories

The Japanese Government through JICA is planning to support the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on two projects: 1) ‘The Project for Strengthening the Diagnostic Capacity of Nigeria Center for Disease' which is a grant aid to construct BSL3 laboratory and 2) ‘The Project for Strengthening Detection of and Response to Public Health in Nigeria' which is a technical cooperation project to build capacity of NCDC staff. In addition, JICA implemented an assessment project of existing NCDC network laboratories in accordance with requests from the NCDC. Following this, a post assessment workshop was organized by Crown Agents Nigeria Limited who conducted assessment, to discuss and evaluate on findings.

PhotoDr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, CEO/National Coordinator of the NCDC

At the workshop, the CEO/National Coordinator of the NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu expressed profound appreciation to the assessment team in carrying out the assessment and to JICA in supporting the realization of this assessment project. He also mentioned the fact that this project will have a significant impact for many years in addressing public health threats and response in Nigeria.

The objectives of the assessment were to assess the current capacity and gaps in infrastructure/equipment & reagents/human resources, to inform the development and budget for a program of rehabilitation and sustained services and to confirm laboratories.

PhotoPost Assessment Workshop of the assessment project

The assessment was carried out in both bacteriology and virology labs within the 10 network labs[1] and it focused on molecular laboratory diagnosis capacity for 7 epidemic prone diseases including Viral Hemorrhagic Fever-VHF, Lassa fever, Cholera, Meningitis, Avian Influenza, Measles and Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR). The findings show that some of the observations were common across all 10 labs while others were specific and unique to each lab. The plan of action and next steps were then confirmed among stakeholders.

JICA Nigeria looks forward to more cooperating with NCDC through both the grant aid and technical cooperation projects with a view to strengthening a public health capacity of Nigeria.


  • [1] 10 network labs: 2 NCDC National Reference Laboratories (Abuja and Lagos), 2 VHF Referral Laboratories (Edo and Lagos) and 6 NCDC Collaborating Zonal Laboratories (Port Harcourt, Sokoto, Maiduguri, Enugu, Kano and Ibadan)


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