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Curriculum Review Laboratory Workers

Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova
WHO Euro

Review of curricula of laboratory workers to update curricula to current needs and demands from respective countries. Competencies of different levels of laboratory workers formulated and plans of action to improve curricula developed.

Better labs for better health

Well-functioning, sustainable laboratory services, operating according to international principles of quality and safety, are an essential part of strong health systems and are crucial to improving public health. The analyses they provide offer a reliable foundation for evidence-based control of disease outbreaks, robust surveillance of adverse events associated with pharmaceutical or vaccine use and earlier treatment of both acute and chronic diseases. In 2012, WHO Regional Office for Europe (WHO/Europe) and its partner, the WHO Collaborating Centre for Laboratory Strengthening at the KIT Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam, designed and launched the project “Better Labs for Better Health” to improve laboratory services and thereby improve health systems and overall public health in Eastern European and Central Asian countries. In each country workshops were conducted as part of the “Better Labs for Better Health” initiative. A training curriculum assessment was performed beforehand. The findings of this curriculum assessment formed the basis for the review of the current training curricula, which in each country was done in a 4-day interactive workshop with representatives of the laboratory education institutes and laboratory managers (end users).


The competencies of different laboratory workers: laboratory assistant, laboratory doctor, and laboratory manager were formulated. These competencies were compared with existing curricula and action plans for improvement made. Teaching methodology, learning assessment, and preconditions for learning were evaluated and action points made.

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Services delivered

  • Monitoring, Evaluation & Impact Assessment

  • Training, Coaching & Education

    KIT Royal Tropical Institute provides tailor-made training to clients such as educational and research institutes, NGOs and local or national governments and ministries across the globe. Our programmes are specifically designed to address the unique objectives and capacities of the requesting organisation. For example, one of the challenges faced by an NGO in Afghanistan was how to effectively reach women in its programme as well as how to recruit and retain female staff. KIT designed a training on gender mainstreaming and health governance to address this and other challenges faced by the NGO.  We also offers Masters programmes and advanced courses designed to equip health professionals with the skills and expertise necessary to address public health challenges around the world. By bringing together people from different countries and regions, KIT’s international courses create a forum for linking and exchanging experiences among a broad range of development practitioners.  Finally, through training, consultancy and coaching services, KIT’s Intercultural Professionals unit provides a comprehensive approach to effective intercultural communication and cooperation. By demonstrating the value of cultural awareness and sensitivity, culture-specific insights and intercultural competencies, Intercultural Professionals helps NGOs, governments, corporate entities, leaders & professionals to enhance their business offering and integrate inclusive policies into their global or local operations.