ASLM Updates March 2020

Here’s a summary of what’s been happening at ASLM since March 2020.
News Article Fighting AMR: The Fleming Fund Extends to Central Africa
Fleming Fund Program Expands Activities to Central Africa with the Regional EQA grant (EQAFRICA) Social Media ASLM is on the ground with Africa CDC and the World Food Programme, supporting the distribution of COVID19
New WHO guidelines suggest innovative approaches to scale up access to TB preventive treatment
ASLM’s GHSA team visits Cameroon to train over 120 district laboratory staff
Emergency numbers for coronavirus in all the 55 African Union Members Sates
Lancet’s COVID19 Resource Center for health workers and researchers.
Fighting AMR: The Fleming Fund Extends to Central Africa
ASLM’s MAAP team concluded a Data Collectors Training in Lilongwe, Malawi
A new US Federal lab has tested the lifespan of SARS-CoV-2 on surfaces
Help ASLM’s HIV Awareness Ambassador, Moses Supercharger an adherence orientation and rehabilitation center for individuals with HIV
UNICEF’s recently released market information on critical products to highlight market determinants and dynamics related to usage
UNICEF’s newly released update on HIV, EID, and viral load point-of-care diagnostics.
Responding to COVID-19 Insight from Bill Gates
Congratulations to CDC Cameroon, GHSS, and the Limbe Regional Hospital Laboratory on your ISO 15189 accreditation
A completely new culture of doing research.’ Coronavirus outbreak changes how scientists communicate Job Opportunities Project Manager  Project Manager for Qualifying the Workforce for AMR Surveillance in Africa and Asia (QWArS) Announcements Sign up for the new online course on COVID-19 diagnostics developed by ASLM, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and FIND. Designed with health professionals in mind, get up-to-date information on the performance of tests and how best to deploy them, with a focus on low- and middle-income settings. Enroll here for this exciting MOOC on the FutureLearn platform!
Publications African Journal of Laboratory Medicine
Opinion Paper Building diagnostic systems in Sierra Leone: The role of point-of-care devices in laboratory strengthening Rashid Ansumana, et al.
Original Research Evaluation of corrective actions of feedback from clinicians on Clinical Laboratory Services at Bamenda Regional Hospital Laboratory, Cameroon Victor N. Fondoh, et al.
Lessons from the Field H3Africa partnerships to empower clinical research sites to generate high-quality biological samples Talishiea Croxton, et al.
AJLM will fast-track articles related to recent/ongoing viral epidemics, including Ebola, Lassa Fever and COVID-19, that impact Africa. Cover letter should indicate submission to fast-track and article must meet peer review requirements.    AJLM is open access No fees for authors or readers
Lab Culture
Available now Lab Culture, Issue 22: Workforce development through communities of practice and learning network
Coming soon Lab Culture, Issue 23: External Quality Assurance for infectious disease testing in Africa Newsletters See the highlights from the Special LabCoP ECHO session on COVID19 laboratory testing and watch the video New ASLM Resources Reliability of Plasma HIV Viral Load Testing Beyond 24 hours: Insights gained from a study in a routine diagnostic laboratory
Systematic Review of the Accuracy of Plasma Preparation Tubes for HIV Viral Load Testing
Performance of Non-laboratory Staff for Diagnostic Testing and Specimen Collection in HIV Programs: A systematic review and meta-analysis
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