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Training for HIV diagnosis and treatment monitoring in Nigeria

January 15, 2009
The DoD HIV Program - Nigeria facilitated two training workshops on HIV diagnosis and treatment monitoring for medical laboratory scientists in Nigeria.

The DoD HIV Program - Nigeria facilitated two training workshops on HIV diagnosis and treatment monitoring for medical laboratory scientists in Nigeria. The two-week training enrolled participants from 14 military hospitals across Nigeria. They helped to establish the 445NAF Hospital Laboratory in Ikeja, Lagos as a Laboratory Training Centre for the Nigerian military. Military and civilian personnel are trained at the facility.

U.S. Arab Sanders Base.jpgAccording to Ms. Joanna Katzman, PEPFAR Program Manager DoD HIV/AIDS Program – Nigeria "This workshop is one of a series of training activities designed to strengthen the Ministry of Defense's laboratory system. Through continued emphasis on good laboratory practices, technical expertise and quality control, we are developing a generation of well-trained professionals who will one day be the trainers of tomorrow’s laboratorians."

The workshop was led by PEPFAR/DoD Laboratory Manager Dr. Ezekiel Akintunde. The workshop reinforced knowledge and built skills in critical areas of medical diagnosis such as specimen management, procedures and techniques, including machine calibration, maintenance and management, standardization of operating guidelines and procedures, and communication.

U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, the Honorable Robin Renée Sanders, noted that the most critical component of capacity building is human development.

This story was adapted from the U.S. Embassy website