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Table 3 Overview of all training activities between 2018 and 2021

From: The East African Community (EAC) mobile laboratory networks in Kenya, Burundi, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, and South Sudan—from project implementation to outbreak response against Dengue, Ebola, COVID-19, and epidemic-prone diseases

Training Content Date Location Duration Participants Facilitators
Introduction to mobile laboratory operations and diagnostic panels Operation, BSL3/4 Biosafety and PPE, Workflows, workstations,
Diagnostic algorithm and key equipment (Glovebox, CFX96, Tecan ELISA)
October 2018 BNITM, Hamburg 4 weeks 12 regional trainers EAC/BNITM;
Additional user training by BioRad, Tecan, Altona Diagnostics, Seegene/Inqaba
Ebola virus disease (EVD) emergency response Mobile Laboratory Refresher Training May 2019 EAC HQ, Arusha, Tanzania 1 week 12 regional trainers EAC/BNITM,
Accelerated training of additional experts in EVD diagnostics May 2019 EAC HQ, Arusha, Tanzania 2 weeks 12 regional trainers + 12 trainees Conducted by regional trainers under BNITM supervision. Excella/Altona Diagnostics
Proficiency assessment of regional trainers August 2019 EAC HQ, Arusha, Tanzania 2 weeks 12 regional trainers EAC/BNITM, Individual assessment of ToTs by independent team.
IATA training of catA/catB infectious agents and dangerous goods August 2019 EAC HQ, Arusha, Tanzania 3 days 12 regional trainers (facilitator), 102 shippers (online training) EAC/BNITM, Transport Development Group (TDG)
Laboratory Leadership Training August 2019 EAC HQ, Arusha, Tanzania 3 days 12 regional trainers EAC/BNITM
Driver training Safety, Maintenance and driver training for operation of Toyota Land Cruiser fleet November 2019 EAC HQ, Arusha, Tanzania 1 week 18 drivers EAC/BNITM, Toyota Gibraltar
COVID-19 emergency response SARS-CoV-2 diagnostics February 2020 EAC HQ, Arusha, Tanzania 2 weeks 6 regional trainers EAC/BNITM
Bioengineering training Maintenance of mobile laboratory equipment Scheduled 2021 TBD 3 weeks 12 biomedical engineers EAC/BNITM/TBD
LIMS training Programmer and user training for the mobile laboratory LIMS Scheduled 2021 TBD 1 week 12 regional trainers, 6 IT experts EAC/BNITM