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Laboratory diagnostics support

Laboratory diagnostics. Source: © nik.bernadsky / Fotolia

During the early phase of the epidemic, ZIG prepared to provide a number of bilateral on-site trainings in partner countries as well as regional trainings with WHO and African CDC on SARS-COV-2 diagnostics. In parallel, ZIG received requests for material support for diagnostics. With the travel restrictions imposed in March, and in close collaboration with Africa-CDC and WHO AFRO, ZIG changed the planned on-site trainings into remote online trainings.

Since January 2020, ZIG has received over 55 requests from 32 countries for public health laboratory support. These requests varied between training on SARS-COV-2 diagnostic, both online and in-person, diagnostic materials, and lab equipment. ZIG completed 18 shipments of diagnostics and consumables as well as two shipments of laboratory equipment to partner laboratories (bilateral activities) and 20 shipments of diagnostic material to participants in the remote PCR training. The first shipments were sent on the 15th of April to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, and Zimbabwe. Through the international collaboration, African CDC selected the participating countries and facilitated connections as well as translation of training materials to numerous languages.

Virtual conferencing to exchange experiences and discuss best practices

In lieu of field missions, ZIG has provided support in terms of technical exchange with over 80 countries. A minimum of five weekly conference calls were held with foreign Ambassadors, Ministers of Health or Directors in National Public Health Institutes; numerous additional exchanges took place with public health experts from around the world.

Date: 07.09.2020