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Interview to the external evaluator Mr. Duncan Ochieng
The external evaluator Mr Duncan Ochieng, laboratory specialist, came back to Probitas Foundation HQ to present the final evaluation results of the assessments of the laboratories in Lunsar (Sierra Leone) and Kumasi (Ghana)
You can read below the interview we made him about the process of assessing the GLI Projects mentioned above
1) First of all, which guidelines did you follow to make the evaluations?
The second tool was more specific on the technical laboratory activities.In this one I developed and checklist for laboratory assessments and this one was divided into 10 different parameters. These parameters refer to laboratories' structure, staff's competences, the activities they are doing, the biosecurity, etc. So from this, it is possible to identify the gaps in the technical activities of the laboratory.
So the findings of the second checklist will be most specific to ensure that the laboratories improve in terms of quality service. Through these questionnaires you can identify what are the areas that are not working well, which areas needs to be improved and what is need to be done. So with both tools/guidelines and the level of functional laboratory and the project itself then it's easy to identify if there are any gaps and what has been improved because of the project.
2) What can you explain of each laboratory?
Thanks to the activities that have been carried out in the project and the optimal conditions to do so many tests, healthcare staff and trainees are getting experience so they can be able to work in other laboratory's departments. In this laboratory there were working at the time I was there 7 staff, 10 students on internships and 10 national staff. One of the most remarkable things is that it has really improved the number of the tests done.
Sierra Leone (Lunsar)
3) Which problems did you find during the evaluations?
Sierra Leone (Lunsar)
4) What do you think about GLI Program?
I can conclude that GLI Program is very complete because it strengthens basic infrastructures and provides laboratory equipment; it trains local staff in diagnostic techniques and laboratory management, promotes other health programs appropriate for each context and measures the effectiveness, efficiency and impact.
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