In June 2008, an ASM team conducted an assessment of the current status of TB laboratory diagnostics in Cote d’Ivoire. The objectives of the assessment were as follows:

  • Evaluating TB diagnostic capacity at the national/central level;


  • Assessing the feasibility of decentralizing culture capacity to regional facilities;


  • Reviewing AFB smear microscopy capacity, trainings and EQA; and


  • Making recommendations regarding biosafety concerns.
ASM will provide technical assistance to the national TB laboratory network for infrastructure design and renovation of labs to support TB culture and DST; support for training in Lowenstein-Jensen and liquid (MGIT 960) culture, DST, and identification.
ASM Consultants
Khye Seng Goh
Cote D'Ivoire