Strengthening Health Human Resources in Nigeria Group (SHaRING) is a project targeted at building sustainable and highly trained human resources in health care, through pre and in-service laboratory trainings for high quality laboratory tests to support HIV prevention, care and treatment programs in Nigeria. The project aims to support laboratory systems strengthening by addressing two main areas for capacity building; Pre-service laboratory training and In-service laboratory trainings.
The Pre-service component deals with curriculum development and capacity building for the laboratory workforce under-going training in academic institutions. This is implemented in collaboration with the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN), Federal Ministries of Health and Education and their parastatals. It also involves working with all Universities and Colleges of Health Technology offering courses in Medical Laboratory Sciences.
Under the leadership of MLSCN and in collaboration with the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), SHaRING conducted training needs assessment for basic and post-basic HIV/AIDS and co-infection laboratory needs in 19 universities and 47 colleges of health technology using a standardized tool. The aim is to assess the current capacity and needs of accredited institutions on training curricula for Medical Laboratory Science, Medical Laboratory Technology and Medical Laboratory Assistant courses with a view to strengthening medical laboratory science education and standardizing laboratory training programs related to HIV/AIDS diagnosis, treatment and care in Nigeria.
The In-service component deals with capacity building for the laboratory workforce that is already providing services in various capacities at different levels of health care facilities. In-service trainings cover; basic TB smear microscopy, HIV/AIDS diagnosis and monitoring, basic equipment maintenance, laboratory quality management Systems, bio-repository, supply chain management, HIV molecular techniques , TB molecular techniques and TB Culture. All trainings are conducted at IHVN supported training centers located in Abuja, Jos, Zaria, Ife and Kano.
In the 1st year of the project, a total of six hundred and eight (608) laboratory personnel were trained from the following organizations:Center for Clinical Care and Research, Nigeria (CCCRN), AIDS Preventive Initiative in Nigeria (APIN), University Research Company (URC), Enugu, Center for Integrated Health Programme (CIHP), Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria (CCFN), Excellence Community Education Welfare Scheme (ECEWS), Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria, FMoH-HIV/AIDS Division, National Blood Transfusion Service and Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria.
TABLE 1: SUMMARY OF TRAINING FIGURES FOR YEAR 1
Basic HIV diagnosis and monitoring
Basic TB microscopy
Basic Equipment maintenance
Supply Chain Management
Laboratory Quality Management Systems
Quality Management Systems Improvement
Advanced HIV Molecular techniques
Advanced TB Molecular techniques
SHaRING is also supporting the government of Nigeria to provide improved, integrated and comprehensive national laboratory curricula for pre and in-service Medical Laboratory Science education by leveraging on existing national resources, strengthening government institutions and building local capacity; eventually leading to strong local institutions and a well-trained laboratory workforce.
This project is funded by the United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) project,through Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with Professor Alash'le Abimiku as Principal Investigator.