Adele Lee-Wriede with the University of Indonesia laboratory.
The Burnet Institute has lent their expertise to the University of Indonesia by training staff in HIV drug resistance testing (HIVDR) and performing an audit of their laboratory through the World Health Organization (WHO) Indonesia.
Supervising scientist for the Institute’s International Clinical Research Laboratory (iCRL), Adele Lee-Wriede spent a week in Jakarta, Indonesia for the training - with a view to assisting their lab gain WHO National HIV drug resistance Reference Laboratory Status.
Currently the iCRL is the Regional WHO HIV drug resistance reference laboratory and is involved in testing samples as part of WHO HIVDR surveillance and also monitoring activities for countries that do not have WHO accredited laboratories, such as Indonesia, which is costly.
She provided advice on how to improve their facility through health and safety, development of an active quality management system including documenting all procedures and staff training, assistance in creating a sample workflow and methods to maintain quality in assay results.
“It was a great opportunity, we went through the training and I then supervised as they performed the tests, auditing their procedures and facility,” Adele said.
“It was putting everything I’ve learnt at iCRL into practice and applying it to a very different situation to what I’m used to, I also learnt a lot about WHO accreditation through the process too.”
Adele has ongoing contact with the team at the University of Indonesia as they make the necessary improvements to gain WHO National HIV drug resistance Reference Laboratory Status.
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