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Table 2 Knowledge based capacity strengthening activities for cohort laboratories

From: Readiness for antimicrobial resistance (AMR) surveillance in Pakistan; a model for laboratory strengthening

July 2015 Groups meeting with cohort laboratories that had earlier submitted their consent form to discuss project details and activity plans.
August 2015 Cohort laboratories visited for base-line needs assessment. Evaluation tool administered
August 2015 Gaps and solutions to address deficiencies discussed with cohort laboratories.
Topics for training sessions finalized
September- November 2015 Training sessions Preparation of SOPs
Using on-line resources including ASM resources
Principles of AST’s
Update on McFarland SOPs
Practical session Preparation of McFarland Standards
Training sessions Quality Control of AST media
Storage of QC strains
Workshop Minimum Inhibitory Concentration (MIC) for Antimicrobial Sensitivity Testing
March 2016 Laboratory strengthening workshop Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Updates
June 2016 Post-workshop audit of cohort laboratories conducted and evaluation tool administered. Gaps noted and laboratory workers counseled accordingly.
October 2016 Follow up of cohort laboratories conducted to evaluate improvements and persisting gaps using evaluation tool. Laboratory workers counseled accordingly.
December 2016 Workshops held in parallel; Infection control
Antimicrobial susceptibility testing of Fastidious organisms