WHO/AFRO vCOP for Laboratory System Strengthening in the Context of COVID-19

WHO/AFRO vCOP for Laboratory System Strengthening in the Context of COVID-19

The Laboratory System Strengthening Community of Practice Lab Virtual Community of Practice (Lab vCOP) aims to strengthen and transform laboratory services in the WHO Africa Region. Lab vCoP is a platform of peer-to-peer knowledge and experience exchange, where best practices and solutions can be identified and shared among countries at different levels of advancement of the their COVID-19 scale up program.

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  • The dissemination and adoption of best practices through this multidisciplinary group of country representatives is anticipated to support the improvement of:
    • COVID-19 diagnosis
    • Underlying laboratory systems
    • Patient clinical outcomes

The main objectives of Lab vCOP are supplemented by the following topic-specific objectives:

HIV Viral Load Testing and Early Infant Diagnosis (EID) Testing

  • To orient the participating countries on the program by:
    • Disseminating proficiency testing (PT) performance results and identify route course analysis
    • Priotizing the most promising areas for improvement that can advance the viral-load testing cascade and early infant diagnosis (EID) testing, as well as strengthen the underlying laboratory systems
    • Sharing country best practices

Viral Load Data Quality

  • Disseminate the recommendations, approaches, and tools outlined in the joint 2020 WHO-UNAIDS-PEPFAR-Global fund data quality module for assessing and strengthen HIV viral load testing data
  • Share country implementation experience in assessing and strengthening the use of HIV viral load testing data
  • Engage partners to support the implementation of the recommended approaches outlined in the data quality module

SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Test User Training Workshop

  • Ensure that health care and laboratory workers and trainers are equipped with the theoretical and practical knowledge to:
    • Safely and accurately collect samples
    • Conduct SARS-CoV-2 Antigen RDT testing
    • Interpret and record results
    • Understand the implications of results for patient management
    • Effectively train other end users

The SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Test User Training Workshop is offered in both English and French.

English: February 9-10, 2021 | February 23-24, 2021
French: February 10-11, 2021 | February 24-25, 2021

Target Audience

All 47 WHO AFRO Countries