Tuberculosis - Malaria - HIV/AIDS - sleeping sickness: these are just a few of the so-called "neglected diseases". Biomedical technical analysts are often assigned to projects focusing on these neglected diseases.
Only a well-established laboratory that delivers reliable results can serve as a basis for diagnosis and thus for successful treatment strategies. It is the MTAs responsibility to make sure of this. You will mainly be in charge of organising and improving the laboratory facilities and ensuring quality control - both in local health stations and in hospitals.
As with most positions with MSF training of local staff is a priority. As a laboratory technician you will train your local staff for example in the implementation of the DOTS treatment method. Occasionally MTAs also participate in performing field studies (on Malaria resistance for example).
- MTA degree and two years of laboratory practice after receiving the diploma
- recommended: knowledge of tropical medicine, or tuberculosis, AIDS/HIV, parasitology
- at least six to nine months of availability for a mission
- excellent English and/or French skills
Laboratory Technician Margareta Ahrer tells about her work in the programs of MSF.
In cooperation with whatchado