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GHP Leads First Training of Trainers Workshops in Tanzania

CLSI’s Global Health Partnerships (GHP) program recently conducted its first Master Assessor and Master Mentor Training of Trainers (TOT) workshops since becoming part of the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) nearly seven years ago. The weeklong workshops were held in Tanzania, the first country GHP started working with under PEPFAR.

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GHP Senior Program Manager Patrick Mateta, MT, MBA, and CLSI volunteer Wilson Mtolela, MLS, MBA, led the training sessions. Mr. Mtolela volunteers for GHP frequently in Tanzania and has mentored a number of laboratories in the country.

Participants in the TOT workshops were selected from the top assessors and mentors previously trained by CLSI. Ten assessors from a group of 21 along with 15 mentors from a pool of 40 were chosen for the training.

The master assessors and mentors will travel the large country to train local assessors and mentors. Mr. Mateta said Tanzania is too large for the GHP team to be able to train all the assessors and mentors needed. Developing a pool of master trainers is less expensive and strengthens local capacity, he said.

In January 2014, Tanzania’s Ministry of Health will meet to develop a standardized curriculum for the master assessors and mentors to use in their training of local assessors and mentors.

In addition to training master assessors and mentors, the GHP team is assisting Tanzania with the development of national laboratory policies, and is working with six national and zonal health laboratories in Tanzania to improve operations, implement quality management systems, and work toward compliance with international laboratory standards. The quality improvement program includes laboratory assessments, workshops, and on-site mentors to train local staff.

CLSI is seeking corporate and foundation support for GHP’s laboratory quality improvement programs. If your company is interested in learning more about GHP sponsorships and grants, please contact Director, Development Lauren Wiley at 484-588-5935 or lwiley@clsi.org.

 

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