Summary of Workshop Findings and Action Points

Purpose of Summary
The workshop facilitated crucial and engaging outputs with respect to laboratory quality and biosafety at regional and national levels. It is important to ensure that these insights and action points are not forgotten and left buried in the workshop report. In order to facilitate meaningful action this summary synopsis provides a clear and concise overview of the key outputs: common challenges, recommended action points, and follow up activities. It is intended as a piece of knowledge sharing material and is a partner piece to the report.

Workshop Overview

Event: Greater Mekong Subregion Health Security Project Workshop
Focus: Regional Workshop on Laboratory Quality and Bio-Safety (RWLQB)
Date: Tuesday 14th – Wednesday 15th August 2018
Location: Angkor Paradise, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Attendance: The workshop was attended by delegates and health care directors representing Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Myanmar, alongside representatives from healthcare and development bodies including ADB, WHO, IPC and USCDC.
Remit: Working to the principles of the Health Security project, the overall objective was to improve the quality and bio-safety of laboratory services in the GMS region. In particular at district and provincial health levels to bolster service capacity for diagnosis, response, and treatment of infectious diseases and other public health threats.
Specific Objectives:
1) Networking and sharing information on laboratory quality, biosafety and
bio risk management in the region.
2) Identity and assess the priority biosafety gaps and challenges in the
countries (shared assessment findings).
3) Promote animal and human health interface in biosafety and health
security measures.
4) Identify key activities and strategies to promote biosafety and quality
laboratory services.