RESOLUTIONS MADE FROM THE 14TH NATIONAL ANNUAL WORKSHOP OF THE ZIMBABWE ASSOCIATION OF CLINICAL BIOCHEMISTRY AND LABORATORY MEDICINE FROM 16-17TH JUNE 2016 0N NUTRITIONAL MEDICINE HELD AT RAINBOW TOWERS, HICC IN HARARE, ZIMBABWE

Convenor: Zimbabwe Association of Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine  

  1. ZACB to create working groups for the implementation of resolutions that came out of the workshop. Various experts to volunteer to be members of this important task.
  1. There is urgent need to carry out national harmonisation of results units on laboratory reports, reference ranges for all analytes and laboratory methodology across the different laboratories to allow for easy of transferability of results and their interpretation by clinicians.
  2. The Zimbabwe National Quality Assurance Programme (ZINQAP) to be maintained and financially supported.
  3. To foster integration and collaboration between clinical and the nutritional disciplines in order to encourage a holistic approach to patient medical care. Health education and information programmes to ensure that the current information from research findings on the nutritional value of indigenous food materials be disseminated to the household level national.
  4. ZACB to coordinate the IFCC, AFCC and COLABIOCLI supported AFCC Radio Africa
  5. More cooperation across disciplines of Pathology, Mental Health, Pharmacy, and Nutrition be established by convening a breakfast meetings of stakeholders.
  6. To  disseminate important information to all stakeholders as it arises
  1. To promote local natural remedies for common conditions
  2. To promote the 3 Cs i.e. Communication, co-ordination and co-operation in multidisciplinary teams which are more effective.
  3. To adopt the important aspects of the Mediterranean diet in the recommended local diet for health promotion programmes.
  4. There is need to establish the population baseline to establish the nutritional status of the nation then fortify foods with commonly deficient micronutrients. It will be necessary to incorporate foods into diets that increase the bioavailability of essential nutrients.
  5. ZACB to continue offering technical advice to government on the development of the national level 4 laboratory.
  6. To develop laboratory medicine.
  7. To develop courses and the practice of professional ethics.
  8. Clinical Biochemists under 40 years of age be encouraged to take up the IFCC Professional Exchange Programme and for the AFCC and IFCC to be lobbied to look favourably at applications from economically disadvantaged countries.
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