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Global Laboratory Leadership Programme Launches Learning Package

By Jocelyn Isadore , professional development manager , Global Health ; Samantha Musumeci , specialist , Global Health ; Shannon Emery , manager , Global Health ; Burton Wilcke , consultant , Global Health ; and Lucy Maryogo-Robinson , director , Global Health
Around the world , health laboratories from multiple sectors are engaged in the ongoing detection of pathogens , harmful chemicals and residues affecting human , animal and environmental health . To successfully address the need for a One Health approach to disease prevention and control in humans , animals and the environment , these laboratories will depend on effective and collaborative actions and leadership . However , laboratory-specific leadership development opportunities and multisectoral collaborations on a global scale have been lacking .
The Global Laboratory Leadership Programme ( GLLP ), developed by a partnership of six leading international organizations , was designed to address these gaps . The partners recently released the GLLP Learning Package — a compilation of tools , information and resources used to plan , develop , implement and evaluate a laboratory leadership program that is designed to be implemented in any region , country or educational institution in the world .
Under oversight of the GLLP development partners , the GLLP curriculum is currently in various stages of implementation within 17 countries ( Armenia , Burkina Faso , Chad , Ecuador , Guinea , Kazakhstan , Liberia , Mali , Moldova , Mozambique , Oman , Pakistan , Paraguay , Sierra Leone , Tanzania , Thailand and Ukraine ). Six of these countries have engaged participants and are actively implementing learning activities and the remaining countries are still in the planning and development stages . Participants in the six implementing programs include 84 laboratory professionals with 67 % of the participants from the human health sector , 21 % from the animal health sector , 8 % from the food , water and / or environmental sector and 4 % from research laboratories . APHL is in the early stages of GLLP implementation in Mozambique , Sierra Leone , Tanzania and Ukraine , and is currently planning

GLLP Partners

Association of Public Health Laboratories
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
World Organisation for Animal Health
World Health Organization
and adapting the program to meet each country ’ s needs .
Information obtained from early implementation of the program will allow for course materials and the program model to be refined to ensure an approach to laboratory leadership , management and system building that is truly One Health in focus . In addition , lessons learned from the early programs will inform the further development of a fully multi-sectoral program model that will support laboratories working within the human , animal and environmental sectors . The GLLP materials , hosted on the WHO Health Security Learning Platform , contain 200 contact hours of content and are designed to support flexible programming that can be designed to meet country-specific workforce needs . Access to the full set of course materials is currently restricted , as the partners continue to refine the Learning Package based on feedback . Once the evaluation phase is completed , the course materials will be released for public use . n
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The Global Laboratory Leadership Programme supports all competencies included in the Laboratory Leadership Competency Framework .
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