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Over the past two years Florida International University, through the Institute of Water and Environment’s International Program, has been involved in organizing institutional and human capacity building workshops in West Africa in collaboration with US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and USAID/West Africa.

The objective of these capacity building efforts is to develop the capacity of water quality laboratories in West Africa by working with the African Water Association (AfWA) and the Ghana Water Company Limited. These training workshops, which are conducted by US EPA subject matter experts, are attended by representatives from the utility companies as well as other stakeholders from the water sector in West Africa. According to the EPA, “the training represented the first step in developing a Laboratory Quality Manual, which will describe the processes to be used by each laboratory to emphasize quality assurance and quality control.  The 4-day training course included presentations on topics related to specific sections of the Manual, followed by participants drafting specific sections, and laboratory demonstrations of techniques relative to the training topics.”

The final wrap-up workshop will take place in Accra, Ghana on April 26, 2018. The workshop aims to drive collaboration and engagement in developing a Ghanian Laboratory Quality Manual, which can then be used as a model for other countries as they work to improve drinking water and protect public health in the region.

For more information on this event and InWE’s international programs in Africa, please contact Dr. Lakhdar Boukerrou at lboukerr@fiu.edu or (305)-348-3996.