|Type||Journal Article - American journal of clinical pathology|
|Title||Implementation of a National External Quality Assessment Program for Medical Laboratories in Burkina Faso Challenges, Lessons Learned, and Perspectives|
Objectives: The National External Quality Assessment (NEQA) program of Burkina Faso is a proficiency testing program mandatory for all laboratories in the country since 2006. The program runs two cycles per year and covers all areas of laboratories.
Methods: All panels were validated by the expert committee before dispatch under optimal storage and transport conditions to participating laboratories along with report forms.
Results: Performance in the last 5 years varied by panel, with average annual performance of bacteriology panels for all laboratories rising from 75% in 2006 to 81% in 2010 and with a best average performance of 87% in 2007 and 2008. During the same period, malaria microscopy performance varied from 85% to 94%, with a best average performance of 94% in 2010; chemistry performance increased from 87% to 94%, with a best average annual performance of 97% in 2009. Hematology showed more variation in performance, ranging from 61% to 86%, with a best annual average performance of 90% in 2008. Average annual performance for immunology varied less between 2006 and 2010, recording 97%, 90%, and 95%. Except for malaria microscopy, annual performances for enrolled panels varied substantially from year to year, indicating some difficulty in maintaining consistency in quality.
Conclusions: The main challenges of the NEQA program observed between 2006 to 2010 were funding, sourcing, and safe transportation of quality panels to all laboratories countrywide.
|»||Burkina Faso - Recensement Général de la Population et de l'Habitation 2006|