From March 7–28 and June 6–19 of 2021, Grit Schubert and Rebekah Wood from the RKI traveled to the Central University Hospital (CHU) of Bouaké for training, diagnostics and team building. Dr. Schubert conducted a repeated training in MinION nanopore sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 as well as in bioinformatical analyses with the ARTIC Pipeline. Both trainings were performed at CHU Bouaké together with the local network members. Results of sequencing and analysis were published in a preprint ( after detection of a variant of concern. Dr. Schubert and Mrs. Wood also supported the local team in SARS-CoV-2 serological analyses, molecular diagnostics for the surveillance network and student training. There was also time to visit and consult with the medical staff at the Brobo health center. The new laboratory building was inspected on each trip and there is a lot of excitement that the facility is getting closer to an operational point. The information exchange has been very fruitful and continues on with members of the CHU diagnostic team coming to Berlin for further training this August.