RITM Virology capacitates trainers on NPS and OPS collection, handling and transportation

In collaboration with the Department of Health-Office for Health Laboratories (DOH-OHL), the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) through its Virology Department assisted by the RITM Committee for Learning and Development (RITM-CLD), conducted the 2nd Training of Trainers for Certification Training on Proper Collection and Handling of Nasopharyngeal (NPS) and Oropharyngeal Swab (OPS) on January continue reading : RITM Virology capacitates trainers on NPS and OPS collection, handling and transportation

Nat’l Polio Lab to erect Mindanao environmental surveillance lab and delve into wastewater-based epidemiology for SARS-CoV-2 detection by 2023

The National Polio Laboratory (NPL) of the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) on December 7, 2022 informed its stakeholders through the 7th Polio Multistakeholders’ Meeting (MSHM) about updates on environmental surveillance (ES) of polioviruses and other pathogens in the Philippines; progress on the establishment of a concentration laboratory in Mindanao; and transition plans of continue reading : Nat’l Polio Lab to erect Mindanao environmental surveillance lab and delve into wastewater-based epidemiology for SARS-CoV-2 detection by 2023

RITM-MBL leads Training Workshop for COVID-19 QAP Regional Implementers

The Molecular Biology Laboratory of Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM-MBL) launched the Training Workshop for Regional Implementers of the COVID-19 Quality Assurance Program (QAP) for SARS-CoV-2 Detection by Real-Time PCR on November 25, 2022 as part of the efforts to improve the nationwide implementation of the program. The training workshop is composed of a continue reading : RITM-MBL leads Training Workshop for COVID-19 QAP Regional Implementers

RITM, Director Carlos awarded as AMR champion

The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) and Director Dr. Celia C. Carlos were recognized in the 2022 Philippine World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (PAAW) Culminating Activity and High-Level Media Forum in Seda Vertis North Hotel, Quezon City last November 22, 2022. The Department of Health (DOH) and World Health Organization (WHO) awarded RITM with a continue reading : RITM, Director Carlos awarded as AMR champion

NRL-BED concludes cholera rapid diagnostic test trainings for 2022

To further equip the regions to respond to possible cholera outbreaks, the National Reference Laboratory for Bacterial Enteric Diseases (NRL-BED) capped off its series of trainings on the use of Vibrio cholerae rapid diagnostic test (VC RDT) kits by capacitating a total of 139 participants  in San Fernando, La Union from November 17-18, 2022 and continue reading : NRL-BED concludes cholera rapid diagnostic test trainings for 2022

RITM leads first Stakeholders’ Meeting for VPD Referral Laboratory Network

The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, through its Virology Department, led the conduct of the first Stakeholders’ Meeting for the Vaccine Preventable Diseases Referral Laboratory Network (VPD-RL) on November 22, 2022 at the Quest Hotel in Clark, Pampanga. The meeting served as an avenue to promote strong networking among the referral laboratories and to provide continue reading : RITM leads first Stakeholders’ Meeting for VPD Referral Laboratory Network

RITM completes ISO audit with zero nonconformities

The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) successfully maintained its existing certification of the ISO 9001:2015 standard with zero nonconformities in its first surveillance audit from November 14 to 15, 2022. RITM’s ISO certification covers the provision of administrative, medical and laboratory services, biologicals production, research and development including knowledge and technology transfer. TÜV Rheinland continue reading : RITM completes ISO audit with zero nonconformities

RITM-MBL conducts remote lab assessment in Zamboanga

The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), through its Molecular Biology Laboratory (MBL), conducted a laboratory assessment for the Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC) as part of the Molecular Laboratory Quality Assurance Program of the COVID-19 Laboratory Network on November 8-9, 2022.  Three technical staff, Lei Lanna Dancel, Niquitta Galap, and Maria Carmen Corpuz, visited continue reading : RITM-MBL conducts remote lab assessment in Zamboanga

RITM-MBL presents PH Genomic Surveillance implementation at Virus Genomics and Evolution 2022 conference in UK

Two technical experts from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) Molecular Biology Laboratory (MBL) represented the Institute in the Virus Genomics Evolution conference held on November 9-11, 2022 at the Wellcome Genome Campus, United Kingdom.  Senior Science Research Specialist Ma. Angelica Tujan served as one of the speakers on the Epidemics and Outbreaks session continue reading : RITM-MBL presents PH Genomic Surveillance implementation at Virus Genomics and Evolution 2022 conference in UK

RITM conducts competency-based training on malaria microscopy

The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), through its Parasitology Department, conducted the Competency-based Training on the Microscopic Diagnosis of Malaria for two batches of medical technologists from various government and private health facilities and laboratories across the country. The four-day training course was a hybrid with two modality of instructions. The first two days continue reading : RITM conducts competency-based training on malaria microscopy