The World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) organizes a Training the Trainers (TOT) workshop on laboratory diagnosis every two to three years. Since 2001, the aim of this five-day workshop is to offer training to senior laboratory personnel to learn how to instruct others on the methods to achieve correct diagnosis of hemophilia, von Willebrand’s disease (VWD), platelet disorders, within their own environments.
The workshop combines both theoretical and practical components allowing for group discussions as well as laboratory demonstrations.
On December 1-5, 2014, a TOT workshop was organized at the Katharine Dormandy Haemophilia Centre and Thrombosis Unit at the Royal Free Hospital in London, UK. For the second time, the WFH collaborated with the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) to include 1-day of training on thrombotic disorders. Anne Riddell of the Katharine Dormandy Haemophilia Centre and Thrombosis Unit, Steve Kitchen of the Sheffield Haemophilia and Thrombosis Centre, as well as Sukesh Nair of the Christian Medical College of Vellore, and chair of the Laboratory Sciences committee planned the program and presented at the workshop. Other speakers included: Pura Lawler, Kieron Hickey, Flip de Groot, Ton van den Besselaar, Peter Cooper, Gillian Mellars, Keith Gomez, and Anthony Hubbard.
The ten participants who attended the workshop came from the following countries: Albania, Algeria, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Panama, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine. Dr. Karima Chennoukh, the head of the Hemostasis laboratory of the Hopital Issaad Hassani in Algiers said “I was able to update my knowledge on hemostasis and thrombosis. I am thankful to the WFH and the ISTH for the opportunity to acquire new knowledge and share experiences with others who face the same challenges as me.”
For more information on the Training the Trainers workshop, email Stephanie Pineda at [email protected].