Ernest Ruttoh, TB CARE I Laboratory Technical Advisor at MSH Kenya, presented his poster, “Improving AFB Microscopy Services in Kenya by Strengthening the EQA System” on Thursday, November 15.
MSH-TB CARE I supported development, dissemination and implementation of AFB microscopy EQA guidelines, EQA data capture tools, supervision checklist, and standard operating procedures (SOPs) from October 2009 to 2012. The support included provision of EQA feedback to the diagnostic centers after the blinded rechecking of slides at all levels.
This resulted in improvement of quality of AFB microscopy services in Kenya. The EQA coverage gradually improved from 28% in 2008 to 86% by 2012. There was also a great improvement in reduction of major errors from 14% in 2008 to 2.4% over the same period.
Ernest Ruttoh contributed to the content of this story.