WHONET training programme at Sankara Nethralaya

The World Health Organisation (WHO) office for South East Asian Region Organization (SEARO) has identified the L&T Microbiology Research Centre, Vision Research Foundation, Sankara Nethralaya to conduct the WHONET training programme for five days (21-25 March 2011) for 20 participants (Middle level Microbiologists) from SEARO countries.

WHONET is an information system developed to support WHO’s goal of global surveillance of bacterial resistance to antimicrobial agents. Microbiologists, clinicians and infection control workers may use its software to enhance monitoring of drug resistance in their hospitals and communities and to merge their files into national, regional, and global networks for surveillance of drug resistance.

The WHONET training programme, titled “Bi-Regional Workshop on Laboratory Based Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance,” will enable microbiologists and other infectious disease specialists gain new analytical tools to monitor and manage susceptibility test quality and the spread of drug resistance locally and outside their area.

There will be five facilitators, from the from WHO SEARO office, who will be involved in conducting this programme. Dr. H. N. Madhavan and Dr. K. Lily Therese from the L&T Microbiology Research Centre have been nominated by WHO SEARO office as temporary advisers to conduct the training programme. In addition, Dr. J. Malathi, Dr. B. Mahalakshmi and Dr. R. Bagyalakshmi will act as supportive faculty.

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