Katrina Roper is setting out for Sierra Leone tomorrow (10th September) for a six week deployment with the World Health Organisation (WHO).She will be working in Freetown, initially but may be moved further out in the districts if she is needed there. Her tasks will be supporting surveillance and contact tracing (information collection and management, data management, coordination of information etc). Katrina may also be asked to help with setting up laboratories to run testing.Katrina is well placed to be supporting this work. She works for WHO in Lyon (France) within the the Laboratory Strengthening and Biorisk Management Team. Her expertise is in building the capacity of laboratory quality management systems.Her role involves providing in-country assessment visits to determine laboratory capacities in line with quality standards and also with regard to International Health Regulations requirements. She has conducted laboratory assessment missions in Egypt, Sudan and Yemen.This has included developing training materials and providing in-country training on laboratory quality management systems. Katrina has conducted laboratory quality management training workshops in Egypt, Oman, South Africa, PDR Laos and Cambodia on behalf of WHO's Regional and Country Offices. She also manages the processes to develop new tools and guidelines to enhance the suite of tools available within the team.Katrina said of her work with WHO: "One of the key deliverables I have produced in the last two years was the WHO Laboratory Quality Stepwise Implementation tool, which is a web-based tool that provides stepwise guidance on the implementation of a quality management system in accordance with recognised standards. I am currently managing the process with collaborators and consultants to translate the tool into four other languages."We wish her luck in her work in Sierra Leone.Are you working in one of the countries affected by ebola? Would you like to share your experiences on the Peoples-uni Blog. Please leave a message on the Facebook page if you woulld like to tell your story. https://www.facebook.com/Peoplesuni

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