Public-Private Partnership Diagnostics Consortium Initiative
ASLM is launching a new public-private partnership diagnostics consortium initiative aimed at bringing together industry, the public sector, and regional and international agencies to strengthen critical areas of laboratory medicine, diagnostic services and health systems in Africa.
Through innovative partnerships between and among these diverse entities, the consortium will:
- Influence health policy through the creation of Africa’s first pan-African network of public health reference laboratories.
- Make access to innovative laboratory services equitable and affordable to ensure timely response to disease outbreaks.
- Transform the quality of laboratory services so treatment decisions are based on sound evidence.
- Create a competitive, accessible market for high-quality laboratory tests in Africa.
- Facilitate the achievement of PEPFAR’s goal of an AIDS-free generation.
- Train Africa’s next generation of laboratory scientists.
- Publish high-quality, open-access, Africa-specific research in the African Journal of Laboratory Medicine.
- Improve the availability of educational materials on antiretroviral therapy and HIV and TB testing.
Priorities for this consortium are:
- Aligning to the UNAIDS Diagnostic Access Initiative and ASLM goals for 2020.
- Assuring excellence in the quality of laboratory services, such as viral load testing, serology, molecular diagnostics, point of care testing, and microscopy.
- Expanding coverage of diagnostics to improve access.
- Addressing challenges in equipment maintenance, specimen referral, and laboratory information and supply chain management.
Structure and approach of the PPP Consortium
Our audience is decision makers, stakeholders, policy makers, and planners in Ministries of Health in. ASLM will partner with private-sector entities in healthcare to positively impact patients’ outcomes.
The public sector will benefit from this consortium by:
- Sharing program costs
- Facilitating interventions by accessing private-sector networks
- Ensuring program sustainability by working on the capacities of local organisations and increasing access to the competencies of the private sector
For the private sector, the consortium:
- Provides an opportunity for ideas from the private sector to be explored in the public sector
- Improves transparency leading to increased trust between partners
- Offers distinct insights into testing and service needs and processes in Africa