WFH organizes laboratory coagulation training workshop in Palestine

This past June, the WFH—in cooperation with the Palestinian Ministry of Health and the Palestine Avenir Hemophilia Committee—organized a Laboratory Coagulation Training Workshop in Ramallah, Palestine.

The event took place from June 25 to 26, 2019. Twenty-two laboratory personnel participated in the workshop, including the Heads of Hematology and Coagulation, as well as Quality Coordinators from 14 Palestinian Ministry of Health hospitals across Palestine.

Through a mix of presentations and practical sessions, Steve Kitchen, Chair of the WFH Laboratory Science Committee, provided participants with knowledge geared toward increasing their awareness of pre-analytical variables and their impact on end results. He also covered topics focussed on increasing participants’ skills in measuring clotting factors (including FVIII and FIX), conducting inhibitor assays, and measuring Von Willebrand Disease (VWD) assays. Participants also had the opportunity to further their practical laboratory testing skills.

Ayman Awaysa, Quality Coordinator at the Hebron Government Hospital

“Taking part in this workshop increased my confidence that the work I am doing is on the right track.”

Heba Makhoul, Quality Coordinator at the Thabet-Thabet Hospital in Tulkarem, said, “It was highly important to have not only the theoretical aspects which provide a preview on hemostasis, but also the practical aspects which include, for example, testing for inhibitors. We are presently referring these tests either to private labs or to labs outside the country.”

According to Jihad Jodeh from the Jericho Hospital, participants have learned the importance of communicating with doctors and patients in order to best determine what to investigate and what additional testing to perform. She  added that the workshop helped participants challenge themselves by not only ensuring that their technical expertise was up to date, but by also demonstrating how important networking and communication is in the overall process.

The workshop was the second in a series of capacity-building endeavours undertaken by the WFH for healthcare practitioners in Palestine. The first was a medical workshop for treaters held in October 2018. Given the workshop’s success—and the many requests received by the Ministry of Health in the country for further capacity building in other areas related to hemophilia management and care—the WFH will be exploring the possibility of providing additional training support in Palestine in the future.