ASLM Welcomes New Addition to Ambassador Programme

ASLM Welcomes New Addition to Ambassador Programme

Prof. Toure Kane, Senegal
Prof. Toure Kane, Senegal


Implementing the pan-African programmatic objectives of the ASLM2020 strategic vision requires the successful engagement of local, national and regional advocates. Through an Ambassadors Programme, the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) utilises such advocates to support the implementation of its vision: advancing the laboratory medicine services and networks needed to support preventative medicine, quality patient care and disease control in Africa. ASLM welcomes the addition of a new Ambassador to Senegal, Prof. Ndeye Coumba Toure Kane.

Prof. Toure Kane serves as a clinical researcher for the Bacteriology-Virology Laboratory at the University Hospital of Dakar, Senegal (Cheikh Anta Diop University). She is responsible for the Molecular Biology Unit, a World Health Organization-accredited laboratory serving as the National HIV Reference Laboratory for Senegal. Prof. Toure Kane has authored dozens of peer-reviewed publications in prominent scientific journals such as Vaccine, Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (JAIDS), Journal of Clinical Microbiology and many others. With her extensive teaching and research experience, as well as multiple doctorate-level degrees, she provides Senegal and the broader region with vital laboratory medicine expertise.

ASLM Ambassadors promote the Society and its goals, as well as develop and sustain political engagement between local and national government officials, key institutions, laboratory professionals, and Society members to achieve measurable successes. They also work to identify and respond to the needs of the local laboratory medicine community.

Current Ambassadors include:
Algeria: Prof. El-Hadj Belabbes
Botswana: Dr. Madisa Mine
Burkina Faso: Prof. Jean Sakandé
Côte d’Ivoire: Prof. Daniel Sess
Kenya: Dr. Matilu Mwau
Kenya: Mr. Michael Wanga
Ghana: Dr. William Ampofo
Malawi: Mr. Reuben Mwenda
Nigeria: Prof. Dennis Agbonlahor
Senegal: Prof. Coumba Toure Kane
Sudan: Dr. Adil Ismail
Tanzania: Dr. Mohamed Ally Mohamed
Uganda: Mr. Charles Kiyaga

Contact details and more information about the ASLM Ambassadors Programme can be found at In the coming months, ASLM will launch an online application process for additional Ambassador positions.

Writer: Corey White (ASLM); Coumba Toure Kane (ASLM Ambassador); Contributor: Michele Ostroski Merkel (ASLM)

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Originally published in the February 2014 issue of Lab Culture newsletter.