Expanded programme on immunization


Hands-On Training on the Laboratory Diagnosis of Measles and Rubella (27-31 October 2009) - Meeting Report

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Publication date: 2010



A Hands-on Training on the Laboratory Diagnosis of Measles and Rubella in the Western Pacific Region was held at the Public Health Laboratory Centre (PHLC) in Hong Kong (China) from 27 to 31 October 2009.The training was organized by the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) of the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific, and was hosted by the Virology Division, Centre for Health Protection, Hong Kong (China).The training was attended by 11 participants from the national measles/rubella laboratories of Cambodia, China, Fiji, the Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Mongolia, the Philippines and Viet Nam. In addition to support from the WHO Secretariat, the training was facilitated by temporary advisers from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC), the Centre for Health Protection, Hong Kong (China) and the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID), Japan.The objectives of the workshop were:(1) to acquire knowledge and skills in the WHO standardized method for laboratory diagnosis of measles and rubella virus infection;(2) to learn virus isolation and molecular detection methods of measles and rubella viruses, and laboratory quality assurance; and(3) to discuss regional data management using the new case-based laboratory reporting form and revised WHO network laboratory accreditation scheme and its criteria.The hands-on training, which consisted of lectures, country reports and practical sessions, focused on understanding the needs and role of the measles/rubella laboratory network and learning and training in the use of IgM assay kits.Overall, the participants were positive in their feedback and they considered the workshop to have met its objectives and the schedule and administrative arrangements to be well organized.The workshop participants were encouraged to contact each other and the facilitators after the workshop to maintain the success of the measles/rubella laboratory network.