FHI 360 at the African Society for Laboratory Medicine 2023 Conference

A man wearing a medical mask and lab coat looks into a microscope

December 12–15, 2023
Cape Town, South Africa

A laboratory specialist works at the Ile/Errego-Zambezia health facility in Mozambique. Between 2014 and 2019, FHI 360 was an implementing partner for Challenge TB, a global mechanism funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) for implementing USAID's tuberculosis (TB) strategy in TB-priority countries. FHI 360 provided technical assistance to improve laboratory diagnosis and the quality of care for TB patients, intensify case finding, strengthen the TB surveillance system, and improve pediatric TB diagnosis. Photo credit: Mbuto Machili for FHI 360

The African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) 2023 Conference brings together professionals in laboratory medicine and health care who are focused on improving health care in Africa. The conference theme, “Shaping laboratory systems and diagnostic services for the 21st century: embracing the change,” is an opportunity for experts from various medical fields to share their experiences and showcase the latest advancements in laboratory medicine and policies. The event unites health care professionals to actively contribute to reshaping the future of laboratory medicine in Africa.

 

ASLM has been deeply involved with the genomic surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in Africa. FHI 360 and our partner, the Clinton Health Access Initiative Inc., (CHAI), recognize the timely importance of addressing issues related to strengthening genomic surveillance capacity in Africa. In collaboration with the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) and ASLM, FHI 360 and CHAI will host a stimulating thought leadership workshop in which international leaders, local partners and others will discuss the state of genomic surveillance in Africa and around the world. Experts will share the latest innovations and technologies in genomics, along with their experiences and lessons learned.

FHI 360 technical presence

On December 14 from 7–9 a.m. UTC+2, representatives from FHI 360 and CHAI will co-host a satellite seminar, “Transforming Health Security and Pandemic Preparedness: Charting a Way Forward for Genomic Surveillance.”

Additionally, these abstracts have been accepted by ASLM:

Abstracts Accepted by ASLM

Decentralization of TB Drug Susceptibility Testing to Improve the Diagnosis of Resistant TB in Mozambique (poster)
Country: Mozambique
Submitter/First Author: Nadia Sitoe
Related authors: Diosdélio Malamule, Michael Moore, Erica Christie, Salomon Compaore, Mungai David Ndung’u
Related Project: Infectious Disease Detection and Surveillance (IDDS)
The Role of AMR diagnostic stewardship in improving quality of specimens received and treatment outcomes: the Ethiopian Experience (poster)
Country: Ethiopia
Submitter/First Author: Dawit Assefa Wendifraw
Related authors: Kassaye Tekie Desta, Ebi Bile, Mungai David Ndung’u
Related Project: IDDS
Non-Conformance Clearance through an Intensified Mentorship Towards ISO 15189 Accreditation: The Case of Jimma and Hawassa Hospital Microbiology Laboratories, Ethiopia (poster)
Country: Ethiopia
Submitter/First Author: Dawit Assefa Wendifraw
Related authors: Kassaye Tekie Desta, Gebri Alebachew, Degefu Beyene, Bikila Alemu, Naji Mohammed, Asnakech Agegnehu, Seble Tsehay, Geremew Tasew
Related Project: IDDS
Establishing bacteriology testing capacity in regional laboratory (poster)
Country: Guinea
Submitter/First Author: Oumou N. Diallo
Related authors: Bobo Diallo, Savane Aboubacar, Binta Balde, Adama Conte, Youssouf Sidibé, Mamadou Djouldé Barry, Siba Chavanel, Kaba Kourouma, Mamoudou Condé, Mandiou Diakite, Ebi C. Bile
Related Project: IDDS
Strengthening Environmental Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Networks: Lessons from Kenya (poster)
Country: Kenya
Submitter/First Author: Mungai David Ndung’u
Related authors: Alexandra Kossi, Molly Cantrell, Eva Muchira, Faith Njugu, Fredrick Oduor, Loicer Odhiambo, David Berendes, Jennifer Murphy, Maya Ramaswamy, Pat Sadate-Ngatchou
Related Project: CDC Global Antimicrobial Resistance Laboratory and Response Network (GARLRN)
Increasing access to COVID-19 laboratory testing in conflict areas in the Philippines (poster)
Country: Philippines
Submitter/First Author: Soliman Guirgis
Related authors: Paola Angeleca Gargantiel
Related Project: IDDS
Integrating Meningitis Surveillance and Laboratory Data for Efficient and Effective Disease Surveillance and Response in Senegal (poster)
Country: Senegal
Submitter/First Author: Papa Alioune Sokhna
Related authors: Papa Alioune Sokhna, Saikou Oumar Ba, Lindsey Shields, Jean Pierre Diallo, Oumou Kalsom Diallo, Elizabeth Plunkett, Marie Yolande Eugene
Related Project: CDC Enhancing Global Health Security Project (EGHS)
Laboratory Assessment of Antimicrobial Testing Capacity (LAARC) Checklist Applications to Strengthen Microbiology Laboratory Diagnostic Capacity for Detecting Outbreaks in Kenya County Hospital Laboratories (oral presentation)
Country: Kenya
Submitter/First Author: Godfrey Ogulla
Related authors: Marie Yolande, Elizabeth Plunkett, Erin Luben, Mungai David Ndung’u, Maya Graham, Geofrey Jagero, Jedidah Kahura
Related Project: EGHS
A Gap Analysis of Sequencing Labs in Zambia: Harnessing the Power of Pathogen Genomics and Bioinformatics to Inform Public Health Policy and Research (oral presentation)
Country: Zambia
Submitter/First Author: Elvis Sikazwe
Related authors: Mpanga Kasonde, Kabengele Siame, Edward Oladele
Related Project: EGHS
Support for a National Public Health Institution to Establish a Coordinated Wastewater Surveillance Approach in Zambia (poster)
Country: Zambia
Submitter/First Author: Samuel Kasitu
Related authors: Musole Chipoya, Lindiwe Tembo, Clement Phiri, Lugard Sichalwe, Edward Oladele
Related Project: EGHS
Rapid workforce capacity strengthening for COVID-19 response - an experience from the Philippines (poster)
Country: Philippines
Submitter/First Author: Jorina Lastima
Related authors: Paola Angeleca Gargantiel, Soliman Guirgis, Nisha Marles
Related Project: IDDS
Impact of Mentorship on Laboratory Assessment of Antibiotic Resistance Testing Capacity (LAARC): The Kenya Experience (oral presentation)
Country: Kenya
Submitter/First Author: Joshua Odero
Related authors: Josiah Njeru, Morfat Okumu, Cosmus Ndara, Samuel Ithathu, Winfred Nyawira, Warda Mohamed, Susan Githii, Mungai David Ndung’u, David Mutonga
Related Project: IDDS
The Fleming Fund Country Grant, for delivering quality bacteriology services in Nepal (poster)
Country: Nepal
Submitter/First Author: Ritu Amatya
Related authors: Parishan Shrestha, Khagendra Prakash KC, Nabin Paudel, Hari Shankar Joshi, Sanjay Bhandari, Bhagawan Shrestha
Related Project: Fleming Fund Country Grant Nepal
Antimicrobial resistance surveillance and quality data generation for better decision making in Nepal (poster)
Country: Nepal
Submitter/First Author: Parishan Shrestha
Related authors: Ritu Amatya, Khagendra Prakash KC, Nabin Paudel, Hari Shankar Joshi, Sanjay Bhandari, Bhagawan Shrestha
Related Project: Fleming Fund Country Grant Nepal

Media Inquiries

For questions about FHI 360's presence, please reach out to:
Jennifer Garcia
Media Relations Manager, FHI 360