Simulated exercise shows how mobile labs improve testing and analysis in health emergencies - world

The first in a series of simulated exercises will demonstrate the critical role of fast-reacting mobile laboratories known as RRMLs for public health in addressing public health emergencies by enabling on-site testing and analysis of outbreaks .

A simulated exercise shows how mobile laboratories promote testing and analysis in health emergencies

The first in a series of simulated exercises will demonstrate the critical role of fast-reacting mobile laboratories known as RRMLs for public health in addressing public health emergencies by enabling on-site testing and analysis of outbreaks .

The exercise, which begins Aug. 31, will illustrate how RRMLs are working with national public health structures to provide assistance in emergencies and other periods of high demand for national systems such as the West African Ebola outbreak and the recent COVID-19 pandemic .

These exercises will also support the development of a classification system and set of uniform standards for RRMLs as the basis for a formal recognition process that will play a critical role in helping health authorities monitor and respond quickly to emergency outbreaks within and beyond the European Region of the WHO.

“Mobile rapid-response laboratories are a breakthrough in countries’ ability to detect, combat and control outbreaks,” said Dr. Dorit Nitzan, Regional Emergency Director at the WHO Regional Office for Europe. “Their use will not only speed up the response, but countries will also be able to test samples in all affected areas – even in the most remote areas – and measure the quality of laboratory work according to international standards.”

A series of simulations starting with the discussion-based tabletop exercise in late August also includes a functional exercise in October and a series of operational exercises in the Commonwealth of Independent States and other European (EU) countries in spring 2022.