In December 2012, at the inaugural international conference of ASLM in Cape Town, South Africa, ASLM achieved an important step on the path to accomplishing their strategic vision goals. ASLM uniquely brought together African Ministers of Health to debate the challenges to laboratory workforce, regulation of diagnostics products and policies to govern accreditation. Together, the Ministers released an unprecedented Call for Action.

This landmark Ministerial Call for Action reinforced an irrefutable commitment from multiple governments to enhance laboratory medicine throughout the continent. While pledging government support for ASLM and the ASLM Strategic Vision, the consensus Call for Action document outlines tangible steps that can be taken to improve laboratory systems on every level.

ASLM continues to build upon this extraordinary government commitment and encourages other Ministers to adopt and implement the strategies of the Call for Action.

Current ASLM Ministerial Call for Action signatories (as of November 2014):

  • Nigeria (December 2012)
  • South Africa (December 2012)
  • Cote d’Ivoire (December 2012)
  • Kenya (December 2012)
  • Mozambique (December 2012)
  • Tanzania (December 2012)
  • Ethiopia (December 2013)
  • Cameroon (July 2014)
  • Malawi (July 2014)
  • Uganda (July 2014)
  • Zimbabwe (August 2014)
  • Burkina Faso (August 2014)
  • Sudan (September 2014)