Bioinformatics and Executive Laboratory Management Training – Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute

RELEVANCE

  • Laboratories which adhere to internationally recognized quality standards demonstrate enhanced abilities to facilitate early detection, rapid response, and effective disease control.
  • Due to a complete turnover in laboratory staff below the director level, the National Reference Laboratory for Avian Influenza in Bangladesh under the Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute (BLRI) experienced a need for additional laboratory management training to ensure current personnel had the knowledge and skills necessary manage their laboratory and to meet these quality standards.

RESPONSE

  • IIAD, in partnership with BM Martin Laboratory Consultants, conducted a training program with 4 senior executive-level veterinary diagnostics laboratory managers from Bangladesh during September 2016.
  • The customized 2-week training program was delivered via face to face workshops.
  • The objectives of the training program were:
    • To strengthen capacity for sample collection and receiving, diagnostic processing, laboratory management, quality management systems, and tracking and reporting of disease information.
    • To build capacity for trainees to disseminate the training program to future cohorts.

IMPACT

  • The workshop increased participant knowledge of laboratory management. Trainees demonstrated a 40.0% increase in knowledge of key laboratory management topics at 6-month follow-up versus the course pre-test.
  • Participants are implementing their knowledge and skills. 100% of participants indicated that they use information from the workshop every day.
  • The training has improved workplace operations. 100% of the trainees indicated that their participation in the workshop led to improvements in workplace operations, specifically in areas of records management, budget management, test report preparation, and the development of a national laboratory network.
  • Participants are training others in laboratory management. One additional training event has been held for 30 individuals, thus increasing the reach of the program and contributing to a more competent laboratory workforce.