STRENGTHENING LAB SYSTEMS

The Laboratory Systems Strengthening Community of Practice (LabCoP) is a new learning network, designed to link multidisciplinary teams from member countries to exchange laboratory experiences and best practices.

LabCoPs aims to foster South-to-South learning amongst laboratorians, clinicians, policy makers, patients and communities with the goal of strengthening laboratory systems to improve health outcomes.

LEARNING TOGETHER

LabCoP activities include webinars and teleconferences using the ECHO model™ with interactive case-based learning and short didactics to facilitate knowledge exchange and joint learning

DELIVERING LAB SERVICES

LabCoP’s initial focus is the scale-up of routine viral load monitoring for individuals living with HIV. Working with technical experts from around the world, LabCoP assists member countries to identify systems and strategies to improve each step of the viral load ‘cascade’, from community outreach and demand generation, to specimen collection and transport, to efficient and reliable testing, to ensuring that results are used to guide clinical care.

WHO WE ARE

LabCoP is led by the African Society for Laboratory Medicine, with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and technical support from ICAP at Columbia University and Project ECHO (R) at the University of New Mexico.

WHAT WE DO

LabCoP fosters knowledge exchange and joint learning by linking country teams and global experts.

HOW TO JOIN

Any African country can join LabCoP by submitting a letter of support from the Ministry of Health and identifying a team including laboratorians, clinicians, program managers and representatives of individuals living with HIV.

Contact Email with questions.

Funding for LabCoP is provided by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Download  the LabCop brochure