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.
ASLM2021 Virtual from 15-18 November promises to deliver a rich, dynamic program packed with plenaries, symposia, round tables and abstract-driven sessions that cover hot topics such as the threat of emerging pathogens; the need to strengthen diagnostics services for routine care and emergencies; strategies for diagnostic network optimization and integration; pathogen genomics and much, much more. Don’t miss the discussions about the African experience on One Health implementation, AMR control, integrated disease surveillance, quality management systems and laboratory workforce development.
ASLM2021 Scholarship Programme Applications Open Through 1 Nov!
The ASLM2021 Scholarship Programme is a competitive process designed to provide financial support to professionals and students from low-and middle-income countries who need external funding in order to attend ASLM2021 Virtual conference. The Scholarship for ASLM2021 will cover the cost of registration.
Scholarship applicants must complete the online application, available here, by 1 November 2021. Applicants must describe what they hope to gain by attending ASLM2021 and justify their scholarship need. Awards will be made no later than 8 November 2021 by the review committee.
For more information about ASLM2021, please visit the ASLM2021 website.
Download the ASLM2021 Flier here
LabCoP fosters a knowledge exchange and joint learning by linking together country teams and global experts, and sharing the knowledge and best practices of viral load scale up and lab systems strengthening amongst ministries of health.
In May, ASLM, in collaboration with regional and international partners and African Union member states, launched the COVID-19 Laboratory Testing Certification Program (CoLTeP) for facilities conducting COVID-19 testing.
Free SARS-CoV-2 Ag RDT e-Learning Course
In September, ASLM and partners Africa CDC, CHAI, and Last Mile Health, launched the COVID-19 Ag RDT training e-learning course. Hosted online through the ASLM Academy, the course allows free and flexible self-learning that enables healthcare service providers to train and acquire knowledge and skills for safely and correctly using SARS-CoV-2 Ag RDTs to diagnose COVID-19. Learners who complete the training are awarded certificates of completion. Learn more here.
FREE ASLM Online Courses
- Enroll here for the COVID-19 Diagnostics and Testing MOOC developed by ASLM, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and FIND.
- Enroll here for the Laboratory Training for COVID-19 Molecular Testing MOOC developed by ASLM and FIND