Executive Laboratory Management Training – Republic of Afghanistan Central Veterinary Diagnostic and Research Laboratory

RELEVANCE

  • Laboratories which adhere to internationally recognized quality standards demonstrate enhanced abilities to facilitate early detection, rapid response, and effective disease control.
  • Due to changes in leadership, the Republic of Afghanistan Central Veterinary Diagnostic and Research Laboratory (CVDRL), 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 and CRDF Global conducted a training program with 3 senior executive-level veterinary diagnostics laboratory managers from the CVDRL during May through August of 2016.
  • The customized workshop was a blended format, consisting of online modules and face to face workshops.
  • The objectives of the training program included:
    • To identify and train participants in laboratory management, leadership skills, and quality management systems;
    • To demonstrate state-of-the-art laboratory information management systems; and
    • 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 16.7% 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. 67% of participants indicated that they use information from the workshop frequently, while 33.3% 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 quality management, inventory, budgeting, and management tasks.
  • Participants are training others in laboratory management. One trainee has disseminated the training to 7 additional individuals over the course of 2 training events, thus increasing the reach of the program and contributing to a more competent laboratory workforce.