ASLM Convenes the National Laboratory Quality Framework (NLQF) Workshop

The African Society for Laboratory medicine (ASLM) and Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) convened 70 participants from 14 African countries to a 5-day workshop from the 30 May to 3 June 2022, to introduce the National Laboratory Quality Framework (NLQF). This event was facilitated by a team of ASLM experts assisted by… Read More

ASLM Collaborations with WAHO to Improve Regional Network of Reference Laboratories

<> The African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) has been collaborating with the West African Health Organisation (WAHO) to improve medical laboratory systems and networks in member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). It is in this context that ASLM, alongside other partners of the WAHO Technical Working Group (TWG), including… Read More

What’s New at LabCoP

2021 LabCoP Meeting Report LabCoP is excited to publish the meeting report from our 2021 Annual Meeting, held virtually and in-person. It’s jam packed with session summaries, key takeaways, outcomes, recommendations and next steps. There’s even a link to the new LabCoP song, produced by ASLM’s HIV Awareness Ambassador, Moses ‘Supercharger’ Nsubuga. Download the full… Read More

Expert Experience

ASLM recently sat down with Innocent Twebaze, Laboratory Systems Officer, Infectious Diseases Institute, Makerere University, and member of Uganda’s LabCoP Team, to talk about LabCoP’s WhatsApp group, the south-south information sharing forum for LabCoP’s participating country teams. Mr Twebaze shared some of his experiences and successes with using the platform to benefit his organisation. ASLM:… Read More

Diagnostic Integration Efforts in Seven LabCoP Countries

Between June and November 2021, the LabCoP Management Team visited seven LabCoP participating countries, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Eswatini, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, and Tanzania, to facilitate country self-assessments, discuss progress in the implementation of work plans, and better understand country priorities. The Management Team also conducted high-level advocacy for laboratory systems strengthening, engaged implementing… Read More

South-South Technical Assistance to Restore South Sudan’s Central Laboratory’s Incineration Capacity

Diagnostic testing produces potentially hazardous biological and chemical wastes, of which improper management poses significant safety risks to staff, the public, and the environment. Therefore, a structured and effective waste management system at national and sub-national levels is necessary, including developing and consistently using comprehensive waste management guiding policies and procedures and the availability of… Read More

LabNetLead Course Training Begins in Zimbabwe

The LabCoP piloted its laboratory network leadership (LabNetLead) course in Zimbabwe between 21 and 26 February 2022. The LabNetLead course introduces essential concepts and activities to design, optimise, lead, and manage functional, high-quality laboratory networks. The system is part of the African Society of Laboratory Medicine’s (ASLM) Laboratory Systems Strengthening Community of Practice (LabCoP) program… Read More

Key Takeaways from LabCoP’s ASLM2021 Satellite Session

Key Takeaways from LabCoP’s ASLM2021 Satellite Session On the closing day of ASLM2021, LabCoP held a satellite session on the Role of Diagnostic Integration in Strengthening Laboratory Systems. Panellists comprised of donors, programme managers, and representatives from Abbott, Cepheid, Hologic, and Roche, who shared unique perspectives on the need to promote testing integration. The molecular… Read More

Fleming Fund Fellowship Tanzania Graduates Five Fellows!

ASLM is leading an alliance of six partners serving as a host institution for the Fleming Fund Fellowship in Tanzania. The Fleming Fund Fellowship, supported by UK Aid, aims to mentor leaders of national antimicrobial resistance (AMR) surveillance programmes of low- and middle-income countries, to improve laboratory diagnostic capacity and surveillance AMR and antimicrobial use/consumption… Read More