Piloting Portable Mini-Laboratory Kits in Afghanistan

 {Photo credit: Jamshid Noori/SPS Afghanistan}The GPHF-Minilab™ is fully adapted to resource-limited settings as a tool for pharmaceutical quality improvement.Photo credit: Jamshid Noori/SPS Afghanistan

Twenty-five staff from key pharmaceutical regulation stakeholders in Afghanistan completed a comprehensive training in March and April 2015 on the Global Pharma Health Fund’s GPHF-Minilab™ and its use.

The GPHF-Minilab is a portable mobile mini-laboratory kit designed for rapid medicine-quality verification and counterfeit medicine detection in resource-limited environments.

The USAID-funded Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) project, led by Management Sciences for Health (MSH), collaborated with Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) to design and conduct the competency-based training. SPS is also supplying kits and supporting the establishment of 10 training stations at Kabul University, and the development of a comprehensive Afghan GPHF-Minilab handbook that will contain standard operating procedures and a survey protocol to guide medicine selection and sampling.