NMIMR and JICA to Train Healthcare Professionals from 10 African Countries

 

 

 

NMIMR AND JICA TO TRAIN HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS FROM 10 WEST AND CENTRAL AFRICAN COUNTRIES IN COMBATING INFECTIOUS DISEASES

The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), a constituent of the College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana, is collaborating with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA),  to train 15 healthcare professionals from 10 West and Central African countries in modern laboratory technology to enhance their skills in combating infectious diseases. The participating countries are; Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and The Democratic Republic of Congo.

The course, which is funded by JICA and implemented by the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, will be held for 8 weeks from 8th August 2022 to 30th September 2022 at the Institute.

The course will help biomedical scientists become more knowledgeable and proficient in infectious disease diagnosis. It will also make them familiar with modern laboratory equipment and foster networking across African nations on advanced laboratory administration.

Participants will learn the most recent advancements in virology, parasitology, and bacteriology as well as biosafety and laboratory quality management procedures. The diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventative capabilities of participating countries' medical facilities or laboratories will also be enhanced by this training.

Success stories from previous trainings (held for 42 professionals between 2019 and 2021) show that aside training their colleagues in their respective countries, the knowledge and skills gained through the training enabled ex-particiants to effectively support their countries response against the COVID-19 pandemic especially in the areas of surveillance, ample collection, and RNA extraction and testing etc.This year’s training will build on this success with the expansion of the participating countries to Gabon and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), two Central African countries, and potentially increase the reach to other African countries in the future.

JICA and NMIMR remain committed to providing world-class biomedical research for improved health care outcomes and capacity development to Ghana and the rest of Africa. The Japanese Government, along with JICA continues to support Ghana’s efforts at providing affordable, high-quality universal healthcare, and will continue to partner with NMIMR on  future trainings and other projects such as the new technical cooperation on Improving Quality Laboratory Management Systems.

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If you have any questions about the training program, kindly get in touch with Ms. Afia Adoma Boakye, the Training Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Ms. Gloria Obeng-Benefo, the Institute's Public Relations Officer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Kojo Williams, the PR consultant for JICA-Ghana at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

 

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