Lao PDRJune 20, 2022
In early June all travel restrictions were lifted and direct flights from Cambodia to Lao PDR resumed. A mission was organized in Vientiane to review the progress of the SEALAB project and to set up a detailed planning of the activities which need to be completed before the end of 2022.
The SEALAB team focused on redefining a strategic approach for building on what has been achieved over the previous months and to reorientate some components to provide sustainable results for the beneficiaries. Capacity building remains the main SEALAB component to be completed in the coming months.
Discussions with the Merieux Foundation team highlighted the need to strengthen the capacity building component. This requires refining some of the activities:
Calibration and preventive maintenance is a core and innovative component of the SEALAB capacity building component. Unfortunately it is not possible to easily identify technicians who speak English or French to be trained at the accredited calibration unit at the Institut Pasteur in Cambodia. The Mérieux Foundation TOS and French-Lao technicians will participate in the TOT and will be responsible to present training modules on preventive maintenance and calibration to the labs participating in the SEALAB project.
Furthermore, activities correlated to updating/drafting policies and strategies for both human and veterinary sectors have been increased and data management programs enriched with presentation of LabCompanion, an open-source software developed by IQLS to optimize a One Health laboratory network management.
This 3-day mission has initiated a more efficient approach for efficacy and sustainability and will be followed by a monthly mission to support FM team in Laos and re-evaluate the strategy.