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The SRL of Cotonou aims to be a centre of excellence for training in mycobacteriology. An online learning platform is dedicated to a section of the trainings.

The SRL organises trainings on specific themes in tuberculosis diagnosis for all actors in the fight against tuberculosis in the national laboratory network, and for national tuberculosis reference laboratories at the international level. We also welcome students during or at the end of their training from all universities of Benin for short internships (max 3 months).

The training courses include internships, face-to-face and online courses, on-site training, … The topics cover the various tests for tuberculosis diagnosis and detection of resistance, maintenance of laboratory equipment, management of a reference laboratory, management of a network of tuberculosis laboratories, quality management, …

Since 2007, the Cotonou SRL has been organizing an annual international course on applied mycobacteriology (CIMA). This program comprehensively covers mycobacteriology applied to tuberculosis control.