UNAIDS Releases 2013 Global Report

UNAIDS 2013 Global Report: New HIV infections cut by one-third since 2001 Click here to read the UNAIDS 2013 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic. Click here to read the WHO UNAIDS September 2013 Core Epidemiology Slides. Content from World Health Organization Medical Officer, Marco Antônio de Ávila Vitória: vitoriam@who.int   The number of new HIV infections… Read More


In the Wake of Conflict: The Impact of War on Laboratory Services

In the Wake of Conflict: The Impact of War on Laboratory Services   During armed conflict, laboratory professionals face even greater challenges in carrying out healthcare than they do in peacetime. Maintaining health services is rarely a priority for the government; beleaguered civilian populations avoid routine healthcare; and conditions deteriorate. In conflict zones, “no one… Read More


Meet the Researcher: Dr. Kefas Mugittu, Tanzania

Meet the Researcher: Dr. Kefas Mugittu, Tanzania Dr. Kefas Mugittu, Head of the Bagamoyo Branch of the Ifakara Health Institute in Tanzania, sat down with ASLM to talk about his current work and the trajectory of his career, from veterinary doctor to malaria and TB researcher. Tell us the about the Ifakara Health Institute (IHI)…. Read More


ASLM-Botswana Becomes First Local Branch of ASLM at Symposium in Gaborone

ASLM-Botswana Becomes First Local Branch of ASLM at Symposium in Gaborone   Mr. Ebi Bile (CDC-Botswana Lab Advisor) and Dr. Katy Yao (representing ILB, GAP) attending the Symposium in Gaborone, Botswana. Image reproduced with the kind permission of Dr. Katy Yao. One of ASLM’s major commitments in strengthening laboratory systems across sub-Saharan Africa is to… Read More


Spotlight on Prof. Alash’le Abimiku, Nigeria

Spotlight on Prof. Alash’le Abimiku, Nigeria Your background is in HIV research. How have the fields of HIV research and public health changed over the years? Right now, things are very tight in terms of funding. US Government projects like PEPFAR [the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief] are working to transition the leadership of… Read More


Open Access Journals Provide Expanded Research Opportunities Without the Cost

Open Access Journals Provide Expanded Research Opportunities Without the Cost Science is publicly funded, but the structure of the publishing industry often makes it very expensive to get access to the latest scientific results. It can be a challenge to find reliable, peer-reviewed information online, and lack of access to research can slow down a… Read More


ASLM Co-Sponsors Training Workshop on Pioneering Rapid TB Diagnostic Technology

ASLM Co-Sponsors Training Workshop on Pioneering Rapid TB Diagnostic Technology ASLM co-sponsored the second African regional training workshop on the Cepheid Xpert MTB/RIF from 23-25 July in Gaborone, Botswana. Cepheid Xpert MTB/RIF is an auto-mated diagnostic test for detecting Mycobacterium tuberculosis and resistance to rifampicin, an antibiotic used to treat tuberculosis (TB). The US Government,… Read More


ASLM to Offer Continuing Education Credits

ASLM to Offer Continuing Education Credits ASLM is soon to offer Continuing Medical Laboratory Education (CMLE) credits through the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). ASLM recognises the need for continuing education in an industry that is always evolving. Laboratory professionals must stay up to date on new developments to be effective, efficient and accurate…. Read More


AJLM to Publish Special Issue on SLMTA

AJLM to Publish Special Issue on SLMTA The African Journal of Laboratory Medicine (AJLM), ASLM’s official peer-reviewed journal, will publish its first special issue on the Strengthening Laboratory Management Toward Accreditation (SLMTA) programme early next year. SLMTA is a quality improvement programme for labora-tories in resource-limited settings. This supplemental issue of AJLM will highlight the… Read More


World Health Organization releases Guide for the Stepwise Laboratory Improvement Process Towards Accreditation (SLIPTA) in Africa

World Health Organization releases Guide for the Stepwise Laboratory Improvement Process Towards Accreditation (SLIPTA) in Africa From the World Health Organization, Regional Office for Africa (WHO AFRO) All text taken from the WHO AFRO web portal on SLIPTA Click here to learn more about SLIPTA. ASLM is the WHO SLIPTA implementing partner in Africa. View or download the WHO Guide for the… Read More