Since 2008, ASM in collaboration with the Laboratoire National de Santé Publique (LNSP) has been improving the TB case detection rate through training events, to reduce morbidity and mortality associated with TB, including multi-drug resistant TB at the national and regional level. Primarily ASM is involved with providing fluorescence microscopy (FM) training through workshops to laboratory technicians from sites across Haiti. In addition, ASM is assisting with improving basic microbiology testing at two regional laboratories, and is strengthening the clinical-laboratory interface through course delivery for clinicians.
ASM in Haiti
- Fluorescence Microscopy: in 2013-2015, 124 people from 40 unique institutions trained during 8 workshops
- EQA for TB Microscopy: in 2011-2012, 27 people trained during 2 workshops
- Clinical Interface: in 2012, 14 people trained during 1 workshop
- Basic Microbiology: in 2013, 16 people trained during 1 workshop
- Molecular Biology: in 2013, 16 people trained during 1 workshop
- TB diagnostic capacity building
- Fluorescence microscopy (FM) training, validation exercises, and site visits
- Bacteriology mentoring at regional laboratories
- Clinical-laboratory interface technical assistance
Fluorescence Microscopy Training and Validation
Since 2013, ASM has been actively involved in the roll-out of the fluorescence microscopy (FM) technique for TB diagnosis in Haiti. Prior to launching this comprehensive overhaul of the TB diagnostic network in Haiti, ASM conducted TB microscopy laboratory assessments along with external quality assurance (EQA) activities at various sites. In 2013, after holding an FM planning meeting with partners and stakeholders, ASM began its FM roll-out activities with 34 technicians from 18 unique sites across the country. FM roll-out continued thereafter through March 2015 with additional training workshops, refresher training, and validation site visits (with competency tests administered to trainees) at those institutions that already received training. ASM plans to analyze the results from these site visits and meet the original target of providing training to technicians from 60 sites across Haiti, with duplication of trainees at each site. CLICK THE PHOTOS BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION.
BioResource Center (BRC)
The purpose of the BioResource Center (BRC) is to provide scientists, educators, laboratorians, policy makers, and students with cutting-edge scientific resources, training, and increase their knowledge-base of biological sciences. The BRC in Haiti serves as a location for scientists and stakeholder to convene; offer access to cutting-edge scientific resources; and provide ongoing professional development training through scientific webinars, virtual workshops, and also on-site workshops and lectures.
BRC at the Université Notre Dame d'Haïti
Contact: Josiane Buteau, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mailing Address of BRC:
6, Rue Sapotille
Ambassadors to Haiti
ASM seeks the next Country Ambassador who would be a senior scientist that represents ASM in Haiti, facilitating partnership and exchange with other scientists worldwide, while the ASM Young Ambassador would a dynamic young leader, who also represents ASM in Haiti, facilitating networking, professional development, and collaboration to strengthen science globally. The ASM Young Ambassador mobilizes the next generation of scientists to develop innovative approaches to meet the Grand Challenges in Science.
County Ambassador - Taking Applications
Young Ambassador - Taking Applications
For more information on ASM's Haiti program,
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