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PHO Microbiology Rounds: Microbiology in Resource Limited Settings: Current practice, challenges and future directions

This presentation will provide an update on the current capacities, practice and challenges of implementing microbiology services in resource limited settings. The presentation will highlight a variety of Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs), giving examples of how microbiology services have been introduced, challenges faced and what can be done to advance the utility of this critical service in such settings.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the current use of microbiology in resource limited settings.
  • Identify the challenges and pitfalls of introducing microbiology services in such settings.
  • Recognise the laboratory governance issues and its impact on good microbiology practice in such settings.
  • Appreciate their potential roles in supporting the expansion of microbiology services in resource limited settings.

Intended audience: Microbiologists and related vocations who have an interest in promoting access to quality microbiology services globally, particularly in resource deprived settings. Public health workers with an interest in global/international health.

Présentateur(s): Dr. Sakib Burza, Dr. Arjun Chandna, and Dr. Marta Gonzalez Sanz

Dr. Sakib Burza, MD, PhD, is a physician with an interest in planetary health and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). He completed his PhD in leishmaniasis at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp and is an honorary associate professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). After over a decade working on the field with Doctors Without Borders, he now is medical director of Health In Harmony, a planetary health organisation that aims to improve human and forest health through a One Health approach.

Dr. Arjun Chandna is an Infectious Diseases registrar and Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Fellow interested in supporting the development of clinical infection services in under-resourced settings. He has spent much of the last decade working in Southeast Asia and collaborates on a number of research projects in partnership with Doctors Without Borders. He is currently completing his PhD with Oxford University at the Angkor Hospital for Children in Cambodia, which is focused on developing practical tools to improve the syndromic management of febrile illness and sepsis at the community level.

Dr. Marta Gonzalez Sanz is an Infectious Diseases, Medical Microbiology and General Internal Medicine Consultant at University Hospital Ramon y Cajal in Madrid Spain. She also holds a post as Tropical Medicine Referent at Doctors Without Borders. She has a special interest in NTDs, has collaborated with multiple NGOs and teaches regularly at different institutions such as LSHTM (London) and Charité (Berlin).

Avis de non-responsabilité

The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.


Public Health Ontario Grand Rounds are a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). In order to receive written documentation for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, please check “Yes” beside the question “Do you require CME credits?” on the registration form.

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Affiliate Members may count RCPSC credits toward their Mainpro+ credit requirements. All other CFPC members may claim up to 50 Certified credits per cycle for participation in RCPSC MOC Section 1 accredited activities.

PHO Grand Rounds are also approved by the Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).

For more information or for a record of registration for other Continuing Education purposes, please contact events@oahpp.ca


Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or events@oahpp.ca.

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Mis à jour le 13 oct. 2022