The project will support training in a range of institutions in Tanzania and in the other three countries and across the region. The recently constructed National Health Laboratory Quality Assurance and Training Centre in Tanzania will be established as a regional training center for the East Africa Community, providing up to date in-service training and post-graduate mentorships.
The Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences will provide diploma and degree programs. Other regional training programs (such as the Arusha training organized by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease in collaboration with the Tanzanian National Tuberculosis/Leprosy Program) and other training centers like the African Center for Integrated Laboratory Training in Johannesburg will be supported, particularly for training trainers.
Each country has prepared and finalized a training plan which provides details of short and long term programs, including regional and longer term training in identified areas of laboratory sciences and field epidemiology.
It was agreed that the scope of all critical training programs supported under the project such as laboratory management, infection control and bio-safety, and disease outbreak investigation would be nation-wide, ensuring synergies with activities provided by other partners, while training programs linked to specific inputs provided under the project, such as rapid TB diagnosis and cultures, will be limited to staff working at the laboratories supported by the project.
In addition, a three-month certificate program with credits on leadership will be developed and introduced for laboratory managers to enhance career prospects. Trainees will include staff from private laboratories. In addition, the project will support fellowships in field epidemiology through the flagship FELTP program.
By project completion over 2000 laboratory specialists will have received training and a professional cadre of laboratory managers will be established in the sub-region. The training plans were reviewed and finalized during the appraisal mission.