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With the world reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, testing capacity has emerged as a major issue. Adequate testing capacity for SARS-CoV-2 is crucial to halting the outbreak. On this course, you’ll learn how to plan for and establish COVID-19 testing in your laboratory and ensure results are accurate, timely and impact on patient care and public health decisions.

Using practical exercises, you’ll learn how to perform site readiness assessment, and how to interpret testing data. When combined with practical on-site training on test procedures for specific tests, you’ll come away with the skills needed to ensure quality COVID-19 test results in your setting.

  • Biosafety for COVID-19 testing
  • Setting up the laboratory for COVID-19 testing
  • Specimens for COVID-19 testing and their collection, packaging, storage and transportation
  • Integrating COVID-19 workflows with TB and / or HIV testing
  • Reporting COVID-19 test results

This course is designed for professionals involved in the testing and diagnosis of COVID-19, with a focus on low- and middle-income settings. This may include Ministry of Health officials, laboratory managers, laboratory technologists and technicians, clinicians, programme managers, implementing partners, and others involved in laboratory testing for COVID-19.

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…

Perform and establish COVID-19 testing in your laboratory and ensure results are accurate, timely and impact on patient care and public health decisions

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