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AFRO: IDENTIFY project mission, Cameroon, 15-17 July, 2013

The purpose of the mission to Cameroon was to meet with staff from the WHO Country Office and local partners responsible for the implementation of the USAID funded IDENTIFY Project, to review implementation during year 4 of the project, and to finalize the work plan for year 5. The WHO Country Office in Cameroon, with IDENTIFY Project support, plays an important role in coordinating laboratory capacity strengthening activities in a “one health” framework with local partners such as FAO, national public health laboratories and research institutions.

EMRO: Assessment missions to Cairo, Egypt (28-30 May 2013) and Sana’a, Yemen (1-3 June 2013) for the establishment of Laboratory Quality Management System

As a follow-on activity from the Sub-Regional Laboratory Quality Management System (LQMS) Training workshop provided in November 2012, a team composed of laboratory experts together with WHO staff, visited key laboratories in Egypt and Yemen. In each location, laboratories were reviewed for their implementation of a LQMS. To assess the full process, samples were followed from patient receipt to reporting of results. Feedback and recommendations specific to each laboratory were provided during the visits, and guidance continues to be provided by the laboratory experts through the review of documents. Plans are now underway to establish twinning of these laboratories with specialized public health laboratories in developed countries with a view to exchanging information, sharing experiences and undertaking specific collaborative projects. For more information about laboratory quality management trainings, tools and projects, contact:<

EURO: Training course on ship sanitation inspection and issuance of ship sanitation certificates, 15-19 April, Antalya, Turkey, 2013

This training brought together 17 participants from the WHO European Region, ship inspectors and staff working at ports and/or competent authorities for ports at the Black Sea in Bulgaria, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, Romania, the Russian Federation, Turkey, and Ukraine, and eight doctors from Turkish health control centers. The training used the WHO Learning programme and was facilitated by international ship sanitation experts as well as WHO staff.

SEARO: Regional meeting on IHR core capacities at points of entry, Kochi, India, 26-28 June 2013

The objective of this meeting was to bring together IHR and points of entry national experts for information sharing on national experiences and discuss regional aspects of implementation of IHR at points of entry in the SEARO Region. The meeting was preceded by a training for ship inspectors on ship inspection and issuance of ship sanitation certificates (24-26 June), using a WHO blended learning programme comprised of e-Learning and face-to-face components and including on-site visits.

WPRO: Regional Workshop to strengthen core capacities at designated points of entry under the IHR, Ningbo, China, 23-26 April 2013

This workshop brought together 23 staff working at ports, airports and ground crossings to discuss core capacity development at points of entry in China. The main objectives of the workshop were to introduce the updated WHO guidelines on IHR core capacities at designated points of entry; review Member States' experiences and lessons learnt in establishing and strengthening institutional systems for the IHR core capacities at designated points of entry; and develop adequate skills by demonstrating the practical application of the guidelines through a site visit during the workshop.