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

RITM Surveillance and Response Unit

RITM Surveillance and Response Unit: Interfacing RITM’s surveillance data towards an efficient public health response

By Kaymart Gimutao, published in RITM Update Volume 2 Issue 1 (January to March 2015) In the photo: RITM SRU in field response. A surveillance nurse collects blood samples from a symptomatic patient of Henipah virus disease during an outbreak investigation in Sultan Kudarat. On April 16, 2014, the Department of Health (DOH) announced the continue reading : RITM Surveillance and Response Unit: Interfacing RITM’s surveillance data towards an efficient public health response

Escaping Rabies' Death Crawl

Escaping Rabies’ Death Crawl: PH’s combat against the deadly disease

Published in RITM Update Volume 1 Issue 2 (July to September 2014) “Why am I tied down? Untie me. Before I die,” begs Rolando*. Strapped to a steel hospital bed with his hands shaking, Rolando pleads as he forcefully tries to free himself from the thick white band tied around his waist. He is confused. continue reading : Escaping Rabies’ Death Crawl: PH’s combat against the deadly disease

In the Time of Dengue Mitigation

In the Time of Dengue Mitigation: RITM’s Contributions to the World’s Fight against the Disease

Published in RITM Update Volume 1 Issue 1 (April – June 2014) Nelia Dinulos, 51, is a mother of one. A few years ago, she encountered her biggest challenge as a parent. Her nine-year-old daughter developed dengue. At first, Nelia thought it was just an ordinary fever. The fever though, would go on and off continue reading : In the Time of Dengue Mitigation: RITM’s Contributions to the World’s Fight against the Disease