There are more than 17,000 certified medical laboratory scientists working in Nigeria today. They are champions in the fight to contain and eliminate infectious diseases, like HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), and malaria. Their rigorous education goes a long way in developing their skills, but where can they turn to stay up-to-date on the latest information, guidance, and techniques after their university days? Keeping abreast of new advances is critical, and access to information is more important than ever. The Government of Nigeria requires medical laboratory scientists to renew their practicing license every year by earning continuing professional development (CPD) credits, but there is no organized process for providing opportunities to those scientists who are unable to attend face-to-face conferences and workshops.
USAID Nigeria and K4Health are working to address this gap, in partnership with the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) and the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN). Together, they are creating eLearning courses on the most up-to-date developments in HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria diagnosis, and quality improvement in clinical laboratories.