Malaria microscopists receive WHO assessment

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Twelve Papua New Guinean malaria microscopists have received World Health Organization (WHO) assessment after the successful completion of competence assessment conducted by the Australian Defence Force Malaria and Infectious Disease Institute (ADFMIDI), with support from the Central Public Health Laboratory.

Held from 10 to 14 June in Port Moresby, the week-long External Competence Assessment of Malaria Microscopists is WHO endorsed to ensure a high standard of malaria diagnosis using a microscope in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Participants came from nine provinces across the country, with all gaining competence levels, which are valid for three years.

Debra Ruffunduo, 29, from West Sepik Provincial Hospital was the youngest and top performing participant during the course. Certified as a level one microscopist, the highest-ranking level, she may now provide training and supervision to other malaria microscopists to support the National Malaria Control Program.

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