Two New Projects Supported

At its July 2017 the FEN Board was delighted to confirm funding for two more projects. Details may be found in the Projects section of the website and a summary is given below:

‘AFCC AfricaMedLab Internet Radio’

The FEN has provided an award to the African Federation of Clinical Chemistry. The award is for purchase of the technical equipment needed to provide regular internet radio programme for laboratory medicine specialists across Africa. The programmes will comprise news items and interviews with key figures from laboratory medicine and they will be produced by a team of scientists (mainly young scientists) from across the continent under the direction of Professor Hilda T Marima-Matarira from Harare, Zimbabwe. More details will follow in future News updates.

Comprehensive external assessment of proficiency of malaria microscopists and laboratory capacity in districts stratified for malaria elimination in Ethiopia

The FEN has agreed to collaborate with the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) and the Federal Ministry of Health in Ethiopia to support a project that should assist in the elimination of malaria from designated districts in the country. The project will assess the competence of the individuals performing malaria microscopy and the capacity of the laboratories in which they work. This will enable targeted educational and infrastructure support to be provided to improve the quality of malaria diagnosis as part of the elimination programme. The principal investigator of the project will be Desalegn Nega Wada from EPHI. More details will follow in future News updates.