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Towards establishing Biological Safety Network in the G5 Sahel: diagnosis support via Regional Roaming Lab, Bamako – Mali, on 20 - 21st September 2016

After the Workshops official opening  by the Malian Secretary General of the Ministry of Health and public health safety , and in the presence of the representative of the German ambassador, and the general director of Charles Mérieux contagious disease center (CICM).

A presentation was delivered on Mali's experience in fighting the EBOLA epidemic by the center of emergency operations COU.

The Charles Mérieux contagious disease center CICM presented the roaming lab project: “to create the ability of fast response to biological threats in Mali”. Besides the maintenance and providing the necessary test kits “chemical reaction compounds”.

The coast of the roaming lab which is about 250,000 Euro and more staff training were highly addressed by the participants.

The Mérieux institution and the German cooperatives conducted a presentation entitled: “ a vision to support the Biological Safety Network in the G5 Sahel: (Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad and Burkina Faso ) to enhance the roaming lab diagnosis on the regional level”.

Consecutively, presented the vision of the network establishment and its forthcoming activities including staff training from the G5 and appointing them supervisors in the upcoming launch of the roaming lab in Mali.

Afterwards Mr. Summerer presented a briefing about the GIZ  (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit)

and then presentations were given by Dr. Doerrbecker on  behalf of the German army microbiology institute, and  Mrs. Adan Fofana of the Mérieux institution, and prof. Diallo from the Charles Mérieux contagious disease center CICM.

After delivering the countries presentations, it appeared that the status of epidemic vigilance is almost the same and the diagnosis of the epidemic recurrent diseases ( EBOLA, Haemorrhagic fever, viral fevers and other epidemic diseases) and it needs to be fortified in the G5 Sahel countries.

The qualified Human Resources were the highlights of discussions and interactions as well as necessity of according more importance to the public health lab networks and enhancing the potentials of the sub/secondary labs.

Mauritania presented the gains in the context of epidemic vigilance also obtaining a roaming lab ( gloves box, centrifuge,thermocycler, etc..) thanks to a donation from the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in Germany via Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine.

After the guided tour, the participants discovered the roaming lab and its functions also its ability to be used in other tests in the domain of epidemic vigilance like Ebola and yellow fever (VHFs), West Nile fever, Dengue Fever 1 to 4, Malaria, by using small pulsar microscope functioning on preworked slides.

This visit enabled the participants to know the elements composing the glove box and to attend classes of the wearing and removing the personal safety equipment.

The representatives of the G5 expressed the importance of the roaming lab to provide better actual service in the following countries: Mali, Mauritania, and Burkina Faso

The participants agreed upon the following recommendations:

  • To provide the authorities a transparent report about the meetings;
  • Suggesting participants to the roaming lab training and simulation;
  • Creating a micro committee to put the protocol that underlines the tasks of the specialties and the network;
  • Establishing a workshop to approve the protocol;
  • Raising support to complete the roaming lab equipment for each country;
  • Creating a coordination committee.