Sudan - Strengthening of competency of laboratory professionals

Title: Laboratory quality managmeent and management and leadership training

Code: D17-16

Date: September 2017

Location: Sudan

Client: World Health Organization Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean

Type of services:

Provision of a one-week training on laboratory management and leadership for laboratory managers.


[18 Sep 2017] From 10-14 September Linda Oskam and Stella van Beers provided an highly interactive training for 24 lab managers from laboratories all over Sudan which was sponsored by the World Health Organization. During this training the participants improved their knowledge and skills in the field of management. The training was enthusiastically received with an average score of 9.4 out of 10.

All over the world, laboratory staff with excellent technical skills is promoted to a management position without any formal management training, often leaving them at a loss on what to do. The National Laboratory Policy and Strategic Plan of Sudan emphasizes the need to provide specific management training for laboratory managers.

The current training was aimed at laboratory managers of the State Public Health laboratories from all over Sudan. This facilitated not also the acquirement of new knowledge and skills, but also provided the opportunity for participants to exchange experiences.

The national news paper of Sudan, Sudan Vision, has published an article about this successful training! Source: //


Title: Curriculum  review of the national laboratory eduction of Sudan

Code: D17-05

Date: February - August 2017

Location: Sudan

Client: World Health Organization Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean

Type of services:

Facilitating the evaluation of the current laboratory education curriculum of Sudan by the Task Force Curriculum Revision and facilitating the implementation of improvements.


[14 Feb 2017] Follow-up on National Laboratory Policy Development - In 2014/2015 DATOS and KIT staff facilitated the development of the National Laboratory Policy of Sudan. The Sudanese government and the National Laboratory Working Group remained very dedicated and moved the policy forward. In 2016 the policy and strategic plan were endorsed and now it is time for the implementation.

The government identified three focus areas: human resources, biorisk management and total quality management. These come together when training laboratory staff to a level that suits the laboratories. The Federal Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization together organize two workshops to evaluate and improve the current training curricula of all levels of laboratory workers and DATOS was asked to facilitate this process.

During the first workshop Linda Oskam (laboratory expert of DATOS) and Prisca Zwanikken (health education expert of KIT) facilitated the evaluation of the current curriculum by the Task Force Curriculum Revision. Action points were identified that will be followed up by the Task Force before the next workshop in April. Source: //

[17 Aug 2017] From 13-17 August 2017 Linda Oskam (DATOS) and Prisca Zwanikken (KIT) were back in Khartoum to facilitate the second workshop for the laboratory workers' training curricula revision, a project supported by the World Health Organization.

During the mission we assisted an enthusiastic and highly involved group to continue the development of competencies and sub-competencies for 5 groups of laboratory workers: lab attendants, BSc Medical Laboratory Sciences, MSc Medical Laboratory Sciences, laboratory doctors and laboratory managers.

In addition to (sub)competencies, learning outcomes, teaching methods and assessment methods were also discussed. Even though there is still quite some work to do, big steps ahead were made to ensure that the training curricula in Sudan will be better aligned with the needs of medical laboratories at all levels and all over the country.

And the hot news refers to both the around 40 degrees centigrade outside temperature, but also, and more importantly, that Sudan was chosen by the World Health Organization to serve as a pilot country for this activity in the region. Source: //

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