A number of important points were agreed to with regard to SLIPTA. Among these, it was agreed that Africa CDC will invite ASLM to join the North African Regional Collaborating Centers meeting. This is a two-day meeting taking place 25-26 September 2017 in Cairo, Egypt to discuss the framework of collaboration and networking to enhance public health practice in the North Africa sub-region. ASLM will give a presentation on SLIPTA and quality management systems as part of the partners’ session of the meeting program. Additionally, Africa CDC will introduce the ASLM team to the Laboratory Focal Person for the World Health Organization Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean to pave the way for the expansion of SLIPTA in the North African countries.
With regard to the Laboratory Mapping project, both sides agreed to revise the assessment tool for easy administration. In addition, the importance of engaging private laboratory associations was emphasized. Most endeavors to date have targeted only laboratories in the public sector. Thus, involving such associations would increase the acceptability and accessibility of mapping to the private laboratories and help to close the information gap.
“This meeting is a great beginning for an important partnership,” said ASLM CEO, Dr. Ali Elbireer. “Establishing active, working relationships between technical staff at both organizations will allow ASLM and Africa CDC to leverage each other’s strengths and increase the effectiveness of both their efforts to improve the health of all Africans across the continent.”
The next meeting will be hosted at the Africa CDC offices in September 2017.
By: Mr. Teferi Mekonen, ASLM
Editors: Ms. Bethanie Rammer, ASLM