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and data about laboratory capacity and locations across countries in Africa are largely difficult to access, out of date, or incomplete.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

Leadership Showcase: Clara Doe Mvogo, Mayor of Monrovia, Liberia

By all accounts, Clara Doe Mvogo – a medical technologist by profession –  is not only the Mayor of the city of Monrovia, Liberia, she is also one of its heroes. Just as Mrs. Mvogo was taking office in March 2014, the beginnings of the Ebola epidemic were taking root in rural areas of the… Read More

ASLM Supports the Africa Regional Flu Workshop in Ghana

The World Health Organization (WHO) warns that a global influenza (flu) pandemic remains a real threat.[1] Many countries around the world are still ill-prepared to tackle a flu pandemic, including many countries in Africa. Furthermore, there have been recent Avian flu outbreaks reported in poultry farms and wild flocks across Africa, and there is great… Read More

ASLM Celebrates Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

The African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) joins The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) in celebrating Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (MLPW), or “Lab Week”, 23-29 April 2017. Now in its 42nd year, Lab Week presents an opportunity for laboratory professionals to raise awareness about the importance and critical contributions to public health made… Read More

World Malaria Day 2016: Significant Gains, Closing the Gaps

World Malaria Day 2016: Significant Gains, Closing the Gaps Malaria is no longer the leading cause of death among children in sub-Saharan Africa and the proportion of children infected with malaria parasites has been cut in half in endemic areas of Africa since 2000. [1] Across the continent, the prevention of new cases of malaria… Read More