Microscopy remains the most accessible method for parasite quantitation, classification of severity of malaria disease, for drug efficacy monitoring, and as a gold standard reference of assessing other diagnostic tools.
The mismatch between quality and needs highlight the importance of the establishment of reliable standards and procedures for assessing and assuring quality. Constant training is a key component of quality management program towards establishment of quality assurance and quality control in the laboratory.
As part of its activities, AG May is offering intensive two weeks courses to be held at Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine for KCCR personnel or KCCR Alumni.
The purpose of the training offered is to train microscopists and assess their competency based on WHO and International standards for:
- Routine testing;
- Remedial training of microscopists who fail routine evaluation;
- Training for clinical research and clinical trial purposes
General information about the training:
- Duration: 10 days (4 hours per day from 8.30am to 12.30pm)
- Venue: KCCR Parasitology laboratory
- Number of participants per session: Three to Five
- Pre-request: None
The first in the series will start on the 15th January, 2018.
Application letter should be sent to Dr Oumou Maiga-Ascofare (email@example.com) and
the head of lab at KCCR Dr Tabea Binger (firstname.lastname@example.org) Certificate of completion will be available upon request. Training outline
Day 1 – The light microscope and preparation of malaria blood films
Day 2 – Examining blood film for malaria diagnosis – Morphological characteristics of Plasmodium falciparum
Day 3 – Plasmodium falciparum detection of parasitaemia – How to differentiate artifact from parasite?
Day 4 – Plasmodium falciparum counting
Day 5 – Practical
Day 6 – Morphological characteristics of Plasmodium malariae, ovale and vivax
Day 7 – Plasmodium species detection (1) – Mono-infection
Day 8 – Plasmodium species detection (2) – Mixed-infection
Day 9 – Practical
Day 10 – Post-test: Theoretical and Practical