From 12 to 16 January

Regional Workshop on Laboratory Diagnosis of Tuberculosis

From 12 to 16 January 2015 CERMEL TB Laboratory organized a workshop on current methods for the diagnosis of Tuberculosis in collaboration with the Institute for Tropical Medicine, University of Tübingen; and within the framework of CANTAM. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF) sponsored the workshop.

The Workshop combined lecture and practical sessions (including participants hands-on) on the following topics:

  1. 1.Overview of Clinical and Laboratory Methods for TB Diagnosis
  2. 2.Safety requirements and best practices in the TB laboratory
  3. 3.TB Microscopy (ZN and Auramine)
  4. 4.TB Culture (Solid & Liquid)
  5. 5.Molecular detection of MTBC or MDR-TB by COBAS (Roche), Genotype® MTBDRplus (Hain), FluoroType MTB (Hain) and GeneXpert® MTB/RIF (Cepheid)

A practical session during the workshop

The 14 participants came from the following institutions:

  1. 1.Laboratory for Tuberculosis Research, University of Yaounde I, Yaounde, Cameroon
  2. 2.Fondation Congolaise pour la Recherche Médicale (FCRM), Brazzaville, Congo
  3. 3.Institute for Tropical Medicine, University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany
  4. 4.Programme Nationale de Lutte Contre la Tuberculose (PNLT), Libreville, Gabon
  5. 5.Laboratoire National de Santé Publique, Libreville, Gabon
  6. 6.Centre International Recherches Médicales Franceville (CIRMF), Franceville, Gabon
  7. 7.George Rawiri Regional Hospital, Lambarene, Gabon
  8. 8.Base d’Epidemiologie et de Lutte Contre les Endemies (BELE No. 3), Lambarene, Gabon
  9. 9.Albert Schweitzer Hospital, Lambarene, Gabon

Participants and Facilitators at the Workshop