JICA and NMIMT Train 15 HealthCare Professionals


The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), has collaborated 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 eight weeks training was participated by countries from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and The Democratic Republic of Congo.  The course, which was funded by JICA and implemented by the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research was held recently in Accra.


The training would 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.


Speaking at the third country training skills ceremony the Director of Nugochi, Prof. Dorothy Yeboah – Manu urged trainees to extend the knowledge acquired to their colleagues by training their colleagues in their respective countries and also assured them that they (trainees) can count on them for support or materials for their training.


She also added that the students have obtained advanced knowledge to handle future pandemics and hope to reach other African countries in the future.

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Participants were taken through courses such as 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.

The representative of the Japanese Government mentioned that their government hopes to build the capacity of their partners to promote the concepts of human security of which health is a very key component.

He added that the Japanese Government would continue to support this training course with the hope of expanding in the future.

Source: Rebecca Kajelo/mydailynewsonline.com

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