Support for outstanding laboratories in Ghana for monitoring and eliminating neglected tropical diseases
The project is carried out in 15 districts in Ghana in collaboration with the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research and the Chemistry Departament Laboratory, both of the University of Ghana, Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research. The project's aim is to improve the diagnosis of Buruli ulcer (BU), leprosy and yaws, through strengthening the three laboratories mentioned above.
Ghana is a country where Buruli ulcer, leprosy and yaws, are endemic, Anesvad, as part of its integrated program, collaborates with the above-mentioned laboratories in the country to improve and speed up the diagnosis of Buruli ulcer, leprosy and yaws, which will translate into a health improvement for the people living in rural communities, making significant savings at personal, family and community levels and improving the National Health System.
To achieve this the following activities will be carried out:
- Purchasing laboratory material used for f-TLC (thin layer chromatography) analyses.
- Purchasing the equipment necessary to carry out analysis and diagnosis using the f-TLC method.
- Workshops to harmonise and standardise operational processes. Training on quality control, sample collection and transport will also be provided, as well as on producing the necessary documentation for the different processes.
- Training of health technicians and personnel for each district so they can familiarise themselves with the processes involved in collecting, handling and labelling samples and the importance that said processes be carried out in accordance with WHO standards. These workshops may be replicated in other districts in the future.
- Improving the mechanisms for transmitting samples and providing technical support to the laboratories.
- Oversight and monitoring by the laboratories of the 15 districts.
The project's expected outcomes are:
- Establish standard, harmonised operating procedures in the three benchmark laboratories.
- Strengthen the capacities of health workers and laboratory technicians.
- Improve case confirmation and quality control processes.
- Improve supervision and monitoring.
The project is part of a broader program carried out by Anesvad with the Ghana Health Service directed against the three diseases with a new integrated approach, addressing the three most prevalent neglected tropical diseases in the country, in order to reduce the long-term pain and burdens these diseases produce today.
Regarding indirect beneficiaries these would be 20 million people, 70% of the population of Ghana.