WHO Global Open Consultation for Innovative Personal Protective Equipment

The African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) strongly encourages its membership to respond to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) request for consultation on an innovative design for personal protective equipment (PPE). A WHO report on health worker infections during the 2014-2016 Ebola virus epidemic in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone found a number of deficiencies,… Read More

SLIPTA Success story: Uganda National EID/VL Laboratory achieved International Accreditation

The Uganda National Reference Laboratory for Early Infant Diagnosis and HIV/Hepatitis B Viral Load at the Central Public Health Laboratories (CPHL) received International Accreditation to ISO 15189 [1] through South African National Accreditation System (SANAS). This is one of the 100 laboratories that have been implementing the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Stepwise Laboratory Improvement Process… Read More

HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis Consultative Meeting on Disease Research

The African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) participated in a four-day dissemination workshop and consultative meeting on research findings regarding HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and related diseases in Ethiopia.  The meeting took place in the Samrat Hotel in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia, from 4-7 September 2017 and was attended by more than 170 participants from health facilities, universities,… Read More

ASLM in New York to support point-of-care device scale-up efforts in Africa

Representatives from the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM), UNICEF and the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) came together 17-18 August 2017 in New York City, United States, to  review progress to date on the implementation of a joint point-of-care project and to refine coordination mechanisms to achieve greater impact. “This project has brought… Read More

First Technical Staff Meeting between ASLM and Africa CDC

The first meeting of technical staff from the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) and Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) was held at the ASLM headquarters offices on 31 July 2017. The purpose of the meeting was to update all parties on the expansion of the Stepwise Laboratory Quality Improvement Process… Read More

ASLM Strengthens National Efforts in Biosafety and Biosecurity in Tanzania under the GHSA

Increases in urbanization and the movement of people at national and international levels have led to increased risk for disease outbreaks, bioterrorism and other health emergencies of global concern. Globalization means shared threats, therefore, biosafety and biosecurity concerns have become global priorities for addressing health-related and economic safety [1]. In order to help address this… Read More

ASLM 2017 Strategic Planning Retreat

ASLM 2017 Strategic Planning Retreat The African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) held a strategic planning retreat in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 26 June to 29 June 2017. Since it was launched 6 years ago, ASLM has grown in expertise and visibility, and has transitioned from a lean core team at the headquarters in Addis… Read More

Mapping laboratory capacity in Africa to improve national laboratory networks.

Information and data about laboratory capacity and locations across countries in Africa are largely difficult to access, out of date, or incomplete. This causes many challenges in enhancing laboratory network capacity for improved patient testing and support of public health needs. As such, the mapping of laboratory capacity across the continent has been identified as… Read More