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South Asian countries benefit from WFH workshop

At the end of the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) Regional Lab Workshop, Gomik Siddhi, a delegate participant from Nepal, proudly said, “For the first time, I have been trained by senior lab exerts. I am now confident to lead lab diagnosis at my hospital.” This comment was the perfect end to the three-day laboratory diagnosis workshop, which featured the participation of 16 lab specialists from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Maldives, and Sri Lanka.

Held at Christian Medical College (CMC) in Vellore, India, from July 24 to 26, 2017, the workshop was led by Sukesh Nair, MD, and his lab team. Participants were trained on a wide range of laboratory skills, including how to perform pre-analytical variables; how to perform a screening test; how to correct missing studies for coagulation factor disorders (PT/APTT), how to perform PT and APTT using manual techniques, how to perform prolonged PT and APTT correction tests, how to measure clotting factors and inhibitor development; how to perform inhibitor testing, factor assays and inhibitor testing; and how to monitor FVIII and FIX, including EHL. The workshop also covered the basics of determining the in-vivo recovery curve for surgeries.

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The on-hands approach workshop means that participants acquired skills that they will be able to immediately use in their labs—and further training insights bring back to their colleagues in their home countries.