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Laboratory Training for COVID-19 Molecular Testing

Learn how to plan for and establish COVID-19 testing in your laboratory to ensure accurate, timely and impactful results.

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Laboratory Training for COVID-19 Molecular Testing
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  • Weekly study4 hours
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Understand the components of COVID-19 testing in the laboratory

With the world reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, testing capacity has emerged as a major issue. Adequate testing capacity for SARS-CoV-2 is crucial to halting the outbreak.

On this course, you’ll learn how to plan for and establish COVID-19 testing in your laboratory and ensure results are accurate, timely and impact on patient care and public health decisions.

Using practical exercises, you’ll learn how to perform site readiness assessment, and how to interpret testing data. When combined with practical on-site training on test procedures for specific tests, you’ll come away with the skills needed to ensure quality COVID-19 test results in your setting.

What topics will you cover?

  • Biosafety for COVID-19 testing
  • Setting up the laboratory for COVID-19 testing
  • Specimens for COVID-19 testing and their collection, packaging, storage and transportation
  • Integrating COVID-19 workflows with TB and / or HIV testing
  • Reporting COVID-19 test results

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Perform and establish COVID-19 testing in your laboratory and ensure results are accurate, timely and impact on patient care and public health decisions.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for professionals involved in the testing and diagnosis of COVID-19, with a focus on low- and middle-income settings.

This may include Ministry of Health officials, laboratory managers, laboratory technologists and technicians, clinicians, programme managers, implementing partners, and others involved in laboratory testing for COVID-19.

Who will you learn with?

I work at FIND, the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics, based in Cape Town, South Africa. I support the uptake and appropriate use of diagnostics to achieve impact.

Who developed the course?

Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics

FIND is a global non-profit organization that drives innovation in the development and delivery of diagnostics to combat major diseases affecting the world’s poorest populations. We turn complex diagnostic challenges into simple solutions through unique partnerships with the public, private and non-profit sectors. FIND is working closely with partners including the World Health Organization in support of the global effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

African Society for Laboratory Medicine

The African Society for Laboratory Medicine is an independent, non-profit organisation founded in 2011 that coordinates, galvanises and mobilises relevant stakeholders from the local to international levels to improve local access to world-class diagnostic services and ensure healthy African communities. ASLM is the first pan-African society for laboratory professionals, endorsed by the African Union and supported by multiple African Ministers of Health through its Ministerial Call for Action.

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