RITM kicks off 2022 Women’s Month celebration

The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) through its Gender and Development Focal Point System (GFPS), begins its month-long celebration of activities anchored on the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) multi-year theme, “We Make CHANGE Work for Women” this March. This year’s celebration focuses on the sub-theme, “Agenda ng Kababaihan, Tungo sa Kaunlaran”, highlighting women’s continue reading : RITM kicks off 2022 Women’s Month celebration

Verify your training certificate via RITM LDIS

The public and interested parties are now able to verify the legitimacy of an RITM-issued training certificate through the verification system featured in the Institute’s Learning and Development Information System (LDIS). To verify a certificate, the system will require the users to input the Certificate Control Numbers and the surname of the participant or that continue reading : Verify your training certificate via RITM LDIS

RITM completes 2nd batch of biosafety training for 2022

As part of its annual series of biosafety trainings, the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) through its Biorisk Management Office (BRMO) has recently concluded its second batch of biosafety trainings for this year last February 18, 2022. The February roll-out has capacitated 831 participants, 95% of which are laboratory analysts, non-analysts, and pathologists. The continue reading : RITM completes 2nd batch of biosafety training for 2022

RITM achieves ISO 9001:2015 recertification

The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) received its International Organization for Standardization (ISO 9001:2015) recertification from global leader for inspection services TÜV Rheinland on 22 January 2022. In the recertification audit last November 2021, TUV Rheinland Lead Auditor Eric Santos announced that RITM completed the audit with zero nonconformity and maintained an effective management system compliant continue reading : RITM achieves ISO 9001:2015 recertification

Strengthening Surveillance of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis (TB)

The 2018 Philippine Tuberculosis (TB) Drug Resistance Survey is the latest among a series of periodic nationwide surveillance activities spearheaded by the National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory (NTRL). These surveys aim to measure the prevalence of drug-resistance in bacteriologically confirmed cases. The previous survey in 2021 found that the prevalence of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) was at continue reading : Strengthening Surveillance of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis (TB)

GUIDELINES ON THE RECOGNITION OF TRAINING PROVIDERS FOR COVID19 RELATED TRAININGS (RT-PCR TESTING, BIOSAFETY/ BIOSECURITY, FIT
TESTING, OPS AND NPS SAMPLE COLLECTION)

RATIONALEIn accordance with Department Memorandum No. 2020-0538, the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) is authorized to designate and certify training providers capacitating licensed COVID-19 testing laboratories, including training for new techniques such as pooled testing, and providing the requisite training for laboratories securing license-to-operate as COVID-19 testing laboratories. SCOPEThis guideline shall apply to all continue reading : GUIDELINES ON THE RECOGNITION OF TRAINING PROVIDERS FOR COVID19 RELATED TRAININGS (RT-PCR TESTING, BIOSAFETY/ BIOSECURITY, FIT
TESTING, OPS AND NPS SAMPLE COLLECTION)

GUIDELINES FOR THE RITM NATIONAL EXTERNAL QUALITY ASSESSMENT SCHEME (RITM-NEQAS)

RATIONALE As a DOH-designated National Reference Laboratory for infectious diseases (DO 2020-0820), RITM is mandated to provide EQA to laboratories in the country for bacteriology (including mycobacteriology), parasitology, transfusion-transmissible infections, and SARS-CoV-2. An External Quality Assessment Scheme (EQAS) evaluates the performance of participating laboratories by assessing the integrity of the entire testing process from sample continue reading : GUIDELINES FOR THE RITM NATIONAL EXTERNAL QUALITY ASSESSMENT SCHEME (RITM-NEQAS)

Raising the Bar for Malaria Research

Raising the Bar for Malaria Research: Investigating Monkey malaria under three different lenses

By Leah Melita G. de Ocampo, published in RITM Update Volume 2 Issue 2 (July to September 2015) In the photo: Entomologists at work. The entomologists of the Monkeybar Project conducting preliminary mosquito trapping using E-net, carabao-baited trap (CBT) and Human Landing Catch (HLC) It is not every day that we see basic and social continue reading : Raising the Bar for Malaria Research: Investigating Monkey malaria under three different lenses