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Name: Roni Chandra

Position Title: Senior TB Diagnostic Network Advisor

Location: Indonesia

Technical Expertise: Capacity Strengthening,TB,Program Management

Roni Chandra began his position as Senior Diagnostic Network Advisor in Indonesia in August 2019.  With background as Medical Microbiologist, he brings to the position over 19 years experience with wide variety of laboratory techniques and scientific research as well. He has experiences in hospitals, multinational companies, universities, and NGOs.

He most recently served as Senior Technical Officer/Laboratory Coordinator for KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation Indonesia. Since 2007, he has provided technical assistance to the National TB Program/MoH Indonesia under three consecutive USAID Projects: TBCAP, TBCARE I and Challenge TB.  He works to strengthen TB laboratories in Indonesia, especially in diagnostic, network, quality assurance; and introducing and expanding new TB diagnostic tools such as liquid culture/MGIT, GeneXpert and LPA. He also works closely with Supranational TB Reference Laboratory and other international experts/consultants.  As member of National TB Laboratory Working Group, he assists NTP and NRLs to develop national TB laboratory strategic plans, guidelines, technical guidance, SOPs, etc. He also facilitates TB laboratory training and provides technical assistance to NTP/MoH for policy direction.