LabCoP M&E ECHO Session 4 Feb 2021: Launch of the M&E Sub-Community of Practice

February 6, 2021

On 5 February 2021, ASLM’s LabCoP hosted the first ECHO session of the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) sub-community of practice. M&E assesses the performance of projects and programs set up by organizations to improve current and future outputs. A robust M&E system is critical to assess the performance of testing services and for decision making. The LabCoP M&E sub-community initiative aims at empowering member countries to better collect, aggregate, and analyze data at each step of the viral load (VL) testing cascade. In this session, Mr. Michael Maina Waweru, the ASLM Data Analyst and M&E expert, highlights the need to understand the following critical elements: 1) The Viral load (VL) testing continuum, 2) the rationale for the M&E sub-community of practice, 3) data elements and sources for tracking VL cascade, 4) the strengths and weaknesses of M&E – country experiences and 5) the M&E Sub-CoP implementation plan. This resource is useful to laboratory professionals, health workers and clinicians who utilize VL information, programme managers handling VL data, Data officers, and M&E professionals. Partners include the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Centres for AIDS Care and Treatment and Program (ICAP), the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC), and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). ASLM endeavours to bring on board more partnership to advance good M&E practices and help foster learning to improve utilization of VL information for proper patient management. Please follow the links here to view the recorded ECHO session and download the presentation slides.