African Society for Laboratory Medicine
The African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM), is a pan‐African professional body working to advocate for the critical role and needs of laboratory medicine and networks throughout Africa. The Global Health Network, and Global Health Laboratories specifically, are very proud to be working with ASLM to improve laboratory capacity in Africa.
Laboratory services, networks and systems are indispensable to effective health systems. Medical laboratories play a pivotal role in global disease diagnosis, surveillance, outbreak investigation, initiation and monitoring of therapy, as well as research and development. Most medical laboratories in Africa are unfortunately underdeveloped and cannot meet the testing demands of rapidly growing health delivery services in the 21st century. Inadequate resources and diagnostic services compromise the quality of patient care due to misdiagnosis and consequent under/over treatment of disease which presents significant economic and public health challenges. Recognising the World Health Organization (WHO) Resolution AFR/RC58/R2 for strengthening public health laboratories in the African region and the 2008 Maputo Declaration on Strengthening of Laboratory Systems, ASLM addresses these challenges by working collaboratively with governments, local and international organisations, implementing partners, and the private sector to achieve the following goals by 2020:
- Strengthening laboratory workforce by training and certifying laboratory professionals and clinicians through standardised frameworks
- Transforming laboratory testing quality by enrolling laboratories in quality improvement programmes to achieve accreditation by international standards
- Developing strong, harmonised regulatory systems for diagnostic products as defined by the Global Harmonization Taskforce
- Building a network of national public health reference laboratories to improve early disease detection and collaborative research
Historical movement toward accreditation and improved laboratory systems has gained significant momentum in the past few years throughout Africa and amongst the international community. Through the ASLM2020 strategic vision, ASLM aims to maintain such momentum.
ASLM is headquartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and serves all African countries. It is endorsed by the African Union.
Leveraging on Existing HIV Community Engagement to Respond to COVID-19 Challenges and Opportunities: A Civil Society Organization (CSO) Perspective
Join us on Thursday, 8 July 2021 at 16:00 - 17:00 East Africa Time for this special session where we will be discussing the perspectives and role played by Civil Society Organizations (CSO) in addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their fight against HIV & AIDS. In this session, two CSOs: The National Forum for People living with HIV&AIDS Networks in Uganda (NAFOPHANO) and The Zimbabwe National Network for People Living with HIV (ZNPP+) will share their experiences using existing platforms for community engagement to respond to the pandemic. In this session we will cover:
- The extent to which the COVID-19 pandemic particularly affected people living with HIV
- Critical issues in the COVID-19 pandemic response that need to be addressed so that gains made in the fight against HIV & AIDS are not lost
- Update on what CSOs have done and continue to do to mitigate adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on people living with HIV
- Highlight on advocacy strategies and best practices that can be adopted to engage stakeholders (governments, partners, funding agencies) to mobilize resources and engage communities
- Insights on how stakeholders can leverage on existing HIV & AIDS structures to accelerate the COVID-19 response at the community level
- Ms Stella Kentutsi, Executive Director, NAFOPHANU, Uganda
- Mr Tonderai Mwareka, Program Officer, ZNNP+, Zimbabwe
Register for the session here. Zoom Details: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86378708977?pwd=cU5naXlUcnpzL0ZRMUVhWEhBYm96QT09&from=addon
Meeting ID: 863 7870 8977
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