All our training programs are designed to help laboratory personnel acquire and update the skills they need to do their jobs effectively.

Initial training

Initial training

For professionals, we help develop and support clinical biology training curricula. Each year, several types of scholarships provide healthcare personnel with the opportunity to obtain a Biology degree (Bachelor, DES, Master, short training in maintenance).

RESAOLAB is also participating in the creation of a “Master 2” degree in biology to help technicians become engineers.

Continuous training

continuous training

We support ongoing training of laboratory staff and create specific modules designed with input from the network’s experts. Our skills development program includes 14 modules on biosafety, data management, diseases with epidemic potential, biochemistry, hematology and other topics.

These modules, which are available in the three official ECOWAS languages – French, English and Portuguese – may be found on the “e-learning” platform of the Mérieux Foundation’s web portal, GLOBE (Global Link for Online Biomedical Expertise).

Training the trainers

Training the trainers

RESAOLAB has a network of more than 200 instructors who have been trained as trainers in engineering, teaching techniques, and the skills development program.

Teaching facilities

Kindia Training center in Guinea

Building and renovating facilities to house laboratory directorates and training centers for lab technicians is essential to provide the best learning conditions. The centers that have been built and renovated by the program provide lab technicians with optimal training facilities (classrooms, multimedia rooms, practical training areas).

Harmonizing national training policies and plans

Experts and human resource development managers organize national and regional workshops in the 7 RESAOLAB countries. Workshops are designed to reach consensus on how to implement the West African Health Organization (WAHO) regional directives and national training plans.

Equipment maintenance

RESAOLAB has helped the EPAC (Ecole Polytechnique Abomey Calavi) school in Cotonou to develop a program to teach technicians how to maintain basic equipment in biomedical laboratories.

The Mérieux Foundation, through RESAOLAB, the European Commission Project P48 put in place by Expertise France, and the REDISSE project, has already provided support to organize 4 training sessions, attended by more than 60 people from across the sub-region.

Key figures



equipped with training centers


training courses

delivered with over 20 participants per course


modules developed

on biosafety, data management, biochemistry, hematology, etc.


training grants






quality plans

harmonized in the laboratory

Helping to develop trained and qualified laboratory professionals

Other focus areas


Strengthening laboratory services by implementing a standardized quality system.

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Improving governance of laboratory systems by helping define regional and national policies.

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Establishing a laboratory information management system for infectious disease surveillance.

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Sharing expertise and resources through national and regional laboratory networks.

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