West African Network of Medical Biology Laboratories

RESAOLAB is the first regional program designed to build laboratory capacity as an essential component of health systems.

Improve laboratory services

through a standardized system to ensure quality

Build human resources capacity

by providing training for lab personnel

Strengthen information management

by using a specially-designed system to improve disease surveillance


A network in action

Initiated in 2009 by the Mérieux Foundation, in collaboration with the country members’ Ministries of Health, RESAOLAB launched its 3rd action phase in 2019. Its activities aim to reinforce 5 major components for a lasting improvement of health systems at regional level.

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Initial and continuing training enable laboratory staff’s skills consolidation.

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Develop training

Improve quality

Quality medical biology exams are essential to set reliable diagnostics.

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Reinforce governance

Clear national and regional policies facilitate laboratory development coordination and performances.

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The use of a Laboratory Information System (LIS) strengthens laboratory management and contributes to improved epidemiological surveillance.

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Support the surveillance

Create a dynamic network

Sharing expertise and resources helps build strong national and regional laboratory networks and creates momentum around a common vision.

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RESAOLAB phases 1 and 2 achievements (2009-2017)


public & private laboratories

which are overseen and included in the network in the seven countries


continuing education modules

developed jointly with the country experts as part of an improvement program



with 14 modules over 100 sessions



in the sub-region have an external quality control program

A national and regional approach

By fostering international and regional cooperation among the countries, the RESAOLAB network promotes sharing skills and experience to improve clinical diagnostics and disease surveillance.