A mobile suitcase laboratory for EBOV point-of-care (POC) detection at Ebola treatment centres was successfully implemented in Guinea during the large Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in West-Africa in 2014-2015. It was shown that isothermal amplification (Recombinase Polymerase Amplification (RPA)) could be efficiently used to test suspect EVD cases and local teams were trained in and successfully deployed with this fast method. This project aims to train teams in the DRC and expand the RPA testing capacity to the differentials recommended by the WHO. This will be integrated with a simple bio safe extraction method. The EDCTP-DRC project team consists of experts in the development of mobile molecular assays and has a track records of their use in outbreak response. By extending cooperation into the DRC this programme will enable local teams to provide response capacity for future EVD outbreaks. Additionally a wider outbreak response network of African teams with state of the art POC tests will be formed.

Laboratory in a suitcase.