Lab-In-a-Suitcase Workshop

The First LIS Graduating Class!

Contributed by: Heidi Linton, Director of CFK, December 2009.

While the technical team was fully engaged in the last installation at the Kaesong TB Hospital, Dr. Marcia Kilsby and Dr. Ri (one of our North Korean guides) were conducting a week-long workshop on the use of the Lab-in-a-Suitcase (LIS) for a dozen lab professionals who work at four of our supported hospitals. Each day they participated in lectures and hands-on use of all the equipment in the Lab-in-a-Suitcase, learning how each component could help in the diagnosis and treatment of patients served by their hospitals. The lab equipment comes with a solar panel and battery that can be recharged from a variety of sources. With power unavailable at the training site for much of the training time, it was a very realistic test of the capability of the LIS under usual local conditions.  Those who participated in the training were delighted to receive a Lab-in-a-Suitcase for their hospital, and a full starter set of supplies.  Central authorities are very interested in this practical and useful project and they hope very much that we can find the necessary funding to expand this important project to many other hospitals in the future.  Each LIS costs $5,000 and we have been asked to send 200 or more of them if possible.

 

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