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September 3, 2018

JICA supports Pre-Conference Workshop on Building a Sustainable Public Health Laboratory Network in Nigeria

Japan International Cooperation Agency Nigeria office supported the NCDC/NFELTP event which was laboratory and diagnostic focused and geared towards well qualified professionals sharing experiences on various network of laboratories working with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) across Nigeria. This event presented a one-of-a-kind opportunity to build specific field epidemiology and public health competencies, disseminate key programmatic achievement, and provide scientific discussions on public health issues across Nigeria.

Through this pre conference, JICA was able to show its efforts in contributing to strengthening of laboratories and building capacities of networks in Nigeria. The session was split into two with the first part involving presentations from representatives of the following laboratories- Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital Edo, Katsina State Primary Health Care, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, NCDC National Reference Laboratory and the World Health Organization (WHO) Country Office. Each presenter covered aspects such as ideas, landmark events, reasons why networks are required in Nigeria and the steps that have so far been taken in their labs to address specific infectious diseases including Lassa fever, Cerebral Spinal Meningitis (CSM), Cholera, Anti-Microbial Resistance, Yellow fever, Measles, Rubella and Influenza. The second part of the day involved a panel discussion which gave opportunity to receive questions from participants based on presentations shown.

Across board on a national perspective, some of the challenges highlighted within the laboratories in Nigeria including training needs, shortage of funding, testing standardization, lab accreditation and supply of reagents. On the other hand, in relation to global standards with contributions from the WHO it was highlighted the coordination functions been played in setting standardized guidelines within networks and the various ways in which support is been provided through emergency response, data sharing, technology, reagents, pathogen sharing and research and development.

JICA plans to continuously support the NCDC to strengthen its capacity.

PhotoWelcome address given by JICA Nigeria Office Chief Representative, Mr. Katsutoshi Komori

PhotoCross section of panelists from across laboratory networks in Nigeria


PhotoGroup photograph with panelists and participants

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