H9. HR&S Network of Technicians in Sub-Sahara Africa

TEAM OF Operations

Uganda

John Chrysostom Opedun, Team-leader
Laboratory technician, Kyambogo University, Uganda.
Organizes conducts and assesses practical classes for undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Chemistry labs, supervises research, and also teaches some theory classes. In the Lab, oversees the maintenance of equipment, repairs, such as the UV vis spectrophotometer, and also trains others on operations.
Sandra Namulinda
Quality Control Officer, National Water, Uganda.
Atwine Ambrose
Post graduate student in food safety and quality management at Makerere university and working in the food microbiology laboratory, dept of food technology and nutrition, Makerere university, given my experience in ISO QMS, I’m currently spearheading the laboratory ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accreditation programme, for all our departmental laboratories, the school of food technology, nutrition and bioengineering aims at promoting food safety in the country through laboratory testing, we do testing of all kinds of food/feed products and of course many on going projects in food safety and pdt development and accreditation is definitely going to bring limitless opportunities

Kenya

Joan Chepkemei Koech
Acting Chief technologist, Dep.Biological Sciences, University of Eldoret, Kenya.
Incharge of Zoology Labs, Run under and postgraduate practicals, Supervise technologists and assign duties, Supervise field courses and lead in the collection of specimens and maintenance of labs, chemical stores, and Animal houses among many duties assigned by the head of the department.
Mariam Swaleh
Ph.D. student, Technical University of Mombasa, Department of pure and applied sciences, Kenya.

Burkina Faso

Karim (Abdoul-Karim) YANKINE
Technician at the private laboratory Senexel in Burkins Faso.
Preparing solutions and standards to perform the analyses, following up the samples to make sure all the treatments and parameters have been met before submitting the results for the interpretations, and also the routine control of certain equipment such as the balance, the pH-meter, etc . Under the supervision of the Directory Mr SENOU Boubacar.
“We’re dealing with a lot of interresing activities : environmental, geological, etc . What really passionnante me more is all reports to water and water quality in our sens of making information accessible to help reduce water related issues ( sanitary, lack, waste,… ). Through SENEXEL I’m really forging in the domain of science seen the nature and the quality of scientific service SENEXEL is dealing with. Academically, it’s this huge possibility the work offers, notably to research in a phD that will inevitably benefit to home education and more on the continent, refferring to the aspect of water problem we’re about to address.”

Members

Burkina Faso

Clarisse HIEN, University Joseph Ki -Zerbo.
Hamade OUEDROGO, University Joseph Ki -Zerbo.
Abdoul-Karim YANKINE, SENEXEL. (Private laboratory.)

Uganda

John Chrysostom OPEDUN, Kyambogo University.
Sandra NAMILINDA, National Water Company. (Governmental laboratory.)
Atwine AMBROSE, Makerere University.

Kenya

Joan Chepkemri KOECHAT, University of Eldoret.
Mariam SWALEH, University of Mombassa.

Rwanda

Mardochee BIRORI, University of Rwanda (UR).

With support from

Cecilia ÖMAN, CEO, HR&S HQ Sweden
Moses MURUNGI, Head of Operations, HR&S Branch Uganda

Strategy for Change

Background

Lack of a network for Laboratory Technicans.

Context

In actaual practice laboratories train students, and sometimes accompany them in their dissertation.

Ambition

  1. Collaboration and network between laboratories.
  2. Support each other; share knowledge and give advice on laboratory matters. A network enabling exchange of views, solving lab works problems, discussion about other lab issues, etc.
  3. To benefit technicians and education, since in actaual practice laboratories train students, and sometimes accompany them in their dissertation. Contribute to solve research problems in Sub-Sahara African countries and communities.
  4. To be a fully registered professional body of laboratory technologists and technicians as well as researchers doing laboratory work.
  5. To arrange conferences. Arrange webinars.
  6. Seek funds to be able to pay for visits between laboratories.
  7. Visit.
  8. Send samples between laboratories.
  9. Members will pay a membership fee to become full members.
  10. Promote that technicians are acknowledged for their effort; acknowledged in publications to which they have contributed significantly, are paid a reasonable salary and provided training, tools and career opportunities by their employer.

Outcome challenge

  1. Lack of coordination effort.
  2. Lack of effort to seek travel grants.

Activities

  1. Compile a list of persons that wants to
    i) contribute to the operations of the network and
    ii) want to be members.
  2. Support each other; share knowledge and give advice on laboratory matters.
  3. Arrange knowledge exchange webinars.
  4. Benefit from FAST and develop a SfC for the network.
    Identify progress markers.
  5. Support Laboratories with HR&S FAST workshops and coaching.
  6. Key Contact persons established at laboratories at other locations.
  7. Search for travel grants.        
  8. Visits to other laboratories
    Laboratory introduction to visitors, Physical laboratory tour of premises, Introductory meeting with local staff, Decentralized tour of specific laboratories, Occupational health & safety tour of designated laboratories, Introduction to laboratory operations.  
  9. Submission of external reference test samples for joint analysis.
  10. Send samples between laboratories.

Milestones

  1. Compile a list of  Team of Operations members – Cecilia
  2. Compile a list of Network members – Joan, Karim
    Name, institution, mobile, e-mail, country and area of specialization.
  3. Compile a list of Laboratories linked to this programme – Karim, Joan
    That will initially be just informal, thus the laboratories of the technicians who are members of the network. Compilation of physical locations of laboratories, their operations, and contact persons. The purpose with a list of institutions could be for the technicians to know the areas of capacity of laboratories that also have a welcoming attitude towards visitors and sharing.
  4. Compile a list of advisers – Hamadé. (Atwine?, Clarisse?)
    Atwine gives advise on accrediation.
  5. Develop and maintain a platform for effective and efficient knowledge sharing – Atwine?, (maybe Clarisse and/or Hamadé?)
  6. Seek travel grants – John, Mariam
    Compile institutions offering travel grants to visit laboratories, fill in applications, meet in zoom meetings to strengthen applications together, submit. When we submit applications we reflect over 1. If we were in the grant giving committee, which type of information would we need to ensure that the money invested, is in line with grant giving organisation’s mandate. 2. Can HR&S deliver as proposed in the application? We have to be able to deliver output as promised. 
    Expected Output, Level ONE: xx applications submitted per year.
  7. Designing procedures for how HR&S can support laboratories with the FAST programme – Sandra?
    We develop a customer survey template. We  collect information on which type of services that HR&S can provide to laboratories that they would seriously benefit from. And how much they would be willing to pay for the service. The main first questions would be; i) which are the outcome challenges that the laboratory faces and ii) how to they handle these challenges today.  Then we use this information to propose a solution based on the HR&S tools and experiences.
  8. Maybe after some time, when we have had time to address the different activities, we can have a zoom meeting, to compile the results and coordinate new milestones. -John? to set the agenda and chair the meeting.

Achieved Output

  1. The network is formally etsablished under HR&S, at least to start with, and benefits from the HR&S webpage.
  2. Name agreed on, can be changed later.
    HR&S Network of Technicians in Sub-Sahara Africa
  3. WhatsApp Chat group established.
  4. Team of Operation established.

Progress marker

  1. Number of approved travel grants.
    Leven ONE: Two per year
  2. Staff exchange and training.
  3. External reference samples analyzed.
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