France supports Health research in Sri Lanka
The Ministry of Health and the Medical Research Institute in association with French Institute of Public Health Surveillance (INVS), Pasteur Institute, World Health Organization - have held a training workshop from 30 June to 4 July 2008 on the “Improvement of the Biological Diagnosis and the Surveillance Tools” for the second time at the Medical Research Institute, in Colombo.
The opening ceremony of the training workshop took place on 30th of June at Medical Research Institute, in the presence of :
Hon. Nimal Sripiala de Silva, Minister of Health
HE Michel Lummaux, Ambassador for France in Sri Lanka
Dr Lulu Raschid, Acting Director MRI,
Dr. Agostino Borra, WR / WHO - Sri Lanka
Dr. H.A.P. Kahandaliyanage, Secretary, Ministry of Health
The Objectives of the workshop of this year were as follows:
To train the laboratory staff of MRI (Medical Research Institute) on modern techniques of microbiology diagnostic and PCR techniques.
To train the staff on the use of laboratory for public health and monitoring purposes.
To upgrade the equipment available at MRI in order to strenghten its role of national reference for public health (donation of 2 real time PCR machines)
To promote exchanges between Sri Lankan and French scientists, in the long term.
This workshop was also be the opportunity to give an introduction to the problems and thematics of bio safety and quality assurance which are very important concerns for good laboratory practice and personal safety.
Global issues including virus transmitted by mosquitoes (ie: chikungunya, dengue fever) and other transmitted diseases (ie: seasonal flu, avian flu and leptospirosis) for which France is actively involved in the research process, were discussed during the programme.
This is yet another opportunity where France and Sri Lanka cooperate and enhance the relations between the two countries.