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Our colleagues at The African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) have published two interesting articles. From their site:

Settling the Score: How a Laboratory Network Assessment Tool Can be Used to Score Functionality

Before disaster strikes and a local outbreak becomes a global epidemic, how can the international community work together to minimise loss of life and economic upheaval?

Viro-immunologist Dr. Pascale Ondoa thinks the answer could lie in a tool used to quantify laboratory network functionality across the globe. ... Read the rest of the article by clicking here.


Developing a Laboratory Outbreak Preparedness Score Card: The Sierra Leone Field Experience

Recognising the need for a coordinated plan to address all aspects of laboratory reconstruction in Sierra Leone, Dr. Isatta Wurie of the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) and the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) worked with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to activate the National Laboratory Technical Working Group (LTWG) to develop laboratory system tools for effective outbreak response. Their aim was to define tools that articulate applications of systems required for the pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical laboratory process stages during an outbreak. ... Read the rest of the article by clicking here.