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ASLM Partners with CDC and Zambia for ANISE 2020

ASLM Partners with CDC and Zambia for ANISE 2020  ANISE 2020
Abstract Submission Extended to 30 November ASLM is pleased to announce
our partnership in the ANISE 2020 meeting to be held from 9-13 March at
the Avani Hotel in Livingston Zambia.   The ANISE conference is a
platform that allows for member states and partners to share progress
and experiences in the country specific Influenza programs, and results
from studies and surveys. The conference is open to laboratorians,
epidemiologists, public health officials, clinicians, veterinarians,
researchers, policy-makers and students who have particular interest in
influenza and other respiratory viruses. It provides for keynote
presentations by international experts and abstract-driven oral and
poster presentations. The meeting will include a 3-day scientific
agenda and 2 days of workshops.   The call for abstracts is now open.
Abstracts must be submitted via the ANISE 2020 website no later than
11:59 EST on November 30th, 2019. Details for abstract submission are
available on the ANISE website. If you have questions, please write us
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colleagues here.   Kind Regards, ASLM and the ANISE 2020 Scientific and
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LabCoP Cookbook Recipe #3: Demand Creation

ASLM’s LabCoP team is excited to release the latest recipe of the LabCoP Cookbook of Best Practices: Demand Creation. Community-driven demand creation refers to the concept of generating demand for optimal treatment and care from the community of people leaving with HIV. Demand creation for routine viral load testing (RVLT) begins with building awareness among people living with HIV and key civil society partners about its importance, as well as a health system that supports requests for, execution and utilisation of, and access to RVLT – ensuring that it is used in the management and care for people living with HIV. One cannot demand what they know nothing about. This recipe includes considerations and best practices that can help your team promote demand for viral load testing, and achieve better clinical and public health outcomes among people living with HIV.

Download the Demand Creation recipe here.

View all LabCoP Cookbook recipes here.

Highlights from the August and September 2019 LabCoP ECHO Sessions

Fostering Progress for Laboratory Network Optimisation and Results Utilisation for HIV Viral Load Testing During the 2018 LabCoP Face-to-Face meeting in Uganda, the 11 LabCoP country teams prioritised four key thematic areas of the viral load (VL) cascade for intervention. Among the priority areas were laboratory network optimisation and result utilisation. LabCoP has since devoted the utmost effort to enhance South-to-South learning among country teams on these topics; the August and September 2019 ECHO sessions focused on laboratory network optimisation and result utilisation, respectively. The August ECHO session focused on aspects of supply chain management, which is key to network optimisation. Matthew Wattleworth and Clement Ndongmo from the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management project team discussed optimisation of laboratory networks to address inefficiencies that affect the VL cascade and that intersect with the supply chain, including procurement, delivery and logistics, site infrastructure, site operations and instrument management. Mr Wattleworth and Dr Ndongmo outlined the steps for network optimisation, which starts with geolocated mapping of laboratories and healthcare facilities. Based on these data, models can be computed to optimise the configuration of the network for appropriate selection of testing sites and placement of equipment; designing laboratory and commodity distribution networks; integrating HIV and tuberculosis (TB) referral services; and establishing a national integrated sample transportation network. They indicated that software like LabEQIP can be used to model data, though simpler and more user-friendly software is being developed. Based on the presenters’ experience with Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Lesotho and Swaziland, among others, data collection, integration of the HIV and TB programs and strong stakeholder engagement are the key challenges to achieving network optimisation. They also emphasised the role of team building in solving these challenges and encouraged the LabCoP community to undertake the free MIT supply chain course. You can watch the August ECHO sessionhere.
During the September ECHO session, the Malawi country team presented on fostering the laboratory-clinic interface using a quality improvement (QI) approach. Dr Brown Chiwandira from the Ministry of Health indicated that the main objective of their QI project was to increase routine VL testing from 61% to 90% by August 2018 and improve VL result utilisation by increasing enrolment in intensive adherence counselling (IAC) from 78% to 95% to benefit both stable and non-stable clients in four high-volume antiretroviral therapy (ART) sites in the Balaka district. Dr Chiwandira described the processes and activities of the QI project, including weekly QI team meetings at the facility level, weekly result follow-ups with the laboratory by a dedicated mentor, weekly reports to the district QI focal person, monthly ‘plan, do, study and act’ (PDSA) cycles, monthly supervision and mentorship sessions by the coordination team, and plotting of run charts to measure progress. The team achieved 100% VL testing for all eligible clients (above the 90% target) and 100% enrolment of non-suppressed clients into IAC (above the 95% target). This was achieved through several change ideas, including routine screening of clients for VL testing eligibility at the clinic, facility-level data reviews, flagging high VL results on patient cards using coloured stickers, setting clear roles and responsibility at the facility level, and promptly tracking clients with high VL upon receipt of results from the laboratory. These successful interventions were adopted in Malawi’s national VL standard operating procedures booklet in order to scale them up. You can watch the September 2019 ECHO session here. Learn more about ASLM’s LabCoP here.

ASLM Monthly Updates August – September 2019


Here’s a summary of what’s been happening at ASLM in August – September 2019.

News Articles

The Mapping Antimicrobial Resistance and Antimicrobial Use Partnership (MAAP) visits Nigeria, Tanzania and Burkina Faso

ASLM Facilitates the First SLIPTA Auditor Training for Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Staff in Ethiopia
Press Releases

ASLM Announces Confirmation of CEO

ASLM partnership with Fleming Fund launched at 2019 United Nations General Assembly
Social Media

The state of the HIV market in low- and middle-income countries

ASLM2020 is coming to Kigali, Rwanda!

Contest on decentralised testing models

The ASLM-led consortium for the Fleming Fund Fellowship Scheme was in Tanzania from 4-6 September

Community-based wildlife carcass surveillance is key for early detection of Ebola virus

New Partnership to Build Tuberculosis Diagnostic Capacity for West Africa

FDA approves new antibiotic for drug-resistant tuberculosis

WHO and ASLM Host Landmark Global Meeting to Integrate Diagnostic Technologies Across Disease Programmes

Procedure to update the WHO Model List of In Vitro Diagnostics

ASLM and Partners Convene Laboratory System Strengthening Workshop

The MAAP project launches in Malawi

New Resources

Integrated Testing for TB and HIV Using GeneXpert Devices Expands Access to near Point-Of-Care Testing

WHO Biosafety Video Series – Good Microbiological Practice and Procedures

Accelerating Access to Point-of-Care Viral Load Testing for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women Living with HIV

Latest Data and WHO HIV Policy Adoption and Implementation Status in Countries

HIV Molecular Diagnostics Toolkit to Improve Access to Viral Load Testing and Infant Diagnosis

LabCoP VL Cascade and Theory of Action

Viral Load Cascade Self-Assessment Scorecard

WHO List of Essential Diagnostic Tests to Improve Diagnosis and Treatment Outcomes

LabCoP‘s Latest Cookbook Recipe

Funding/RFP Opportunities

ASLM2020 Professional Conference Organizer

RFP for Selection of Consultant Grant writing for human resource capacity building for prevention and control of antimicrobial resistance

African Journal of Laboratory Medicine

Original Research

Xpert® MTB/RIF assay on formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissues in the diagnosis of extrapulmonary tuberculosis. Allan N. Njau, et al.

Molecular confirmation and phylogeny of Lassa fever virus in Benin Republic 2014–2016. Olumuyiwa B. Salu, et al.

Organisational management of hospital blood transfusion services in Nairobi County, Kenya: Evidence of implementation. Anne N. Mbuthia, et al.

The use of real-time polymerase chain reaction and an adenosine deaminase assay for diagnosing pleural tuberculosis. Mulalo Molaudzi, et al.

Lessons from the Field

Tropical Laboratory Initiative: An innovative model for laboratory medicine in rural areas. Zelda R. Moran, et al.

Medical laboratory accreditation in a resource-limited district health centre laboratory, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Daniel M. Desalegn, et al.

Blueprint for building a biorepository in a resource-limited setting that follows international best practices. Alash’le G. Abimiku, et al.

Strengthening laboratory capacity for detection of respiratory viral pathogens through the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) framework. Brett Whitaker, et al.

Brief Report

Potential role of Lu/BCAM in HIV-related atherosclerosis. Modisa S. Motswaledi, et al.

Case Reports

Late diagnosis of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in a child at Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital, Ga-Rankuwa, South Africa: A case report. Bakani A. Siwele, et al.

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ASLM Point-of-Care News Digest August 2019

The July 2019 Issue of LabCoP Quarterly has arrived and is free to download!

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The Mapping Antimicrobial Resistance and Antimicrobial Use Partnership (MAAP) visits Nigeria, Tanzania and Burkina Faso

Since its inaugural continental workshop at the African Union in April 2019, the ASLM-led consortium ‘Mapping Antimicrobial Resistance and Antimicrobial Use Partnership (MAAP)’ has made great strides in implementing its activities towards collecting retrospective data on antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial use in 14 countries of sub-Saharan Africa. In August 2019, the team conducted a preparatory in-country visit to Nigeria and also visited Tanzania and Burkina Faso to discuss details of the project implementation. Read more about it here.

New Partnership to Build Tuberculosis Diagnostic Capacity for West Africa

In July 2019, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Supranational Reference Laboratory (SRL) in Uganda, in collaboration with ASLM, conducted a capacity building training for the first SLIPTA auditors in Benin. The eight trained experts will be instrumental in conducting situational gap analysis and benchmark areas of focus for 23 National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratories (NTRLs) in the region through support from the Global Fund. These experts will also conduct periodic assessment of the quality management systems and prioritise the NTRLs for fast track efforts towards international accreditation in West Africa.

The WHO designated the NTRL in Cotonou, Benin as the newest member of the WHO TB SRL Network in 2017. This makes the NTRL in Benin the third SRL in the region and the fifth in Africa, joining Algeria, Egypt, Uganda and South Africa. While the Algeria and Egypt SRLs support NTRLs in North Africa and the Uganda SRL supports NTRLs in East, Central and Southern Africa, the Benin SRL will support NTRLs in West Africa.

One of objectives of the Benin SRL is to strengthen the quality management systems of its 23 NTRLs through a stepwise improvement process with the goal of attaining accreditation. To achieve this, the Benin SRL embarked on building the capacity to audit the quality assurance practices of these laboratories.

“This step will tremendously expand the pool of tuberculosis assessors in West Africa and is critical in enrolling more laboratories into the SLIPTA process,” said Prof Moses Joloba, Director of the Uganda SRL. “The appointment of a SLIPTA focal person in Benin which will be followed by certification of tuberculosis laboratories and SLIPTA assessors by ASLM is quite timely for the region,” he added.

RFP Announcement

ASLM is pleased to announce a Request For Proposal for the selection of a consultant for Viral Load and Early Infant Diagnosis Laboratory Waste Management Country Assistance of the Pan-African Consortium (PAC). The PAC is a joint collaboration between the Institut de Recherche en Santé, de Surveillance Epidémiologique et de Formation/Cheikh Anta Diop University, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and the African Society for Laboratory Medicine.

Funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the PAC assists supported countries to further advance and sustain access to quality-assured HIV laboratory services and bridge the gaps towards the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets. The PAC will assist countries, local non-governmental organisations and implementing partners to develop and adopt frameworks for the implementation of quality-assured HIV diagnostics policies and procedures in all sub-Saharan African regions.

ASLM/PAC is soliciting vendors (including contractors, consultants, subject matter expects) to provide expert guidance along with sustainable, common sense and affordable viral load waste mitigation strategies to prevent further exacerbation of public health impact and prevent future environmental consequences in Africa.

More details about the Request For Proposal are available here on ASLM’s website.

July 2019 Issue of LabCoP Quarterly

The 2nd Quarter issue of ASLM’s LabCoP Quarterly is hot off the press and free to download below. LabCoP Quarterly is designed to keep you informed of what’s happening in our field and in our network: interviews with global health experts, ECHO session highlights, upcoming events and more. Stay connected to the LabCoP community and expand your network with LabCoP Quarterly.

Download the LabCoP Newsletter here.

July 2019 Issue of LabCoP Quarterly

The 2nd Quarter issue of ASLM’s LabCoP Quarterly is hot off the press and free to download below. LabCoP Quarterly is designed to keep you informed of what’s happening in our field and in our network: interviews with global health experts, ECHO session highlights, upcoming events and more. Stay connected to the LabCoP community and expand your network with LabCoP Quarterly.

Download the LabCoP Newsletter here.