3 laboratories under the EAPHLN project are awarded 5 stars
The World Bank-funded East Africa Public Health Laboratory Networking Project (EAPHLNP) aims to establish a network of cross-country, high-quality public health laboratories within Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda that will serve as surveillance sites to monitor hot spots for disease transmission.
The project is implemented within the 5 East African countries in 32 laboratories.
The laboratory networking project aims to address the common challenges facing the five countries: dilapidated infrastructure built decades ago; inadequate supply and quality of human resources which are the backbone of quality diagnostics; and manual information systems which are not effective for decision making.
The Uganda SRL has led and coordinated this network.
During the project period, a key achievement that has been realized is over 80% of the 32 laboratories, to date, have been given above 2 stars rating based on the WHO AFRO stepwise SLIPTA process with 3 laboratories achieving 5 stars namely; Mbale regional referral hospital laboratory as well as the chemistry and hematology laboratories in Mulago hospital.
The Uganda SRL together with ECSA-HC won a regional grant whose goal is to will improve quality and diagnostic capacity of the NRLs as well as build their capacity to support the TB Laboratory networks in their countries.
The project will be implemented in 18 countries across East, Central and Southern Africa namely; Mauritius, Somalia, Swaziland, South Sudan, Malawi, Botswana, Rwanda, Eritrea, Burundi, Seychelles Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Zambia, Namibia, Lesotho, Uganda and Mozambique for a period of 4 years. The project commenced in November 2015 and is aimed for completion in November 2019.
Uganda SRL to get a new home
The National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory/Supranational Reference Laboratory (It now also doubles as a Supranational TB Reference Laboratory for Rwanda, Eritrea, Lesotho, Tanzania, Zambia, South Sudan, Swaziland, Somalia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Liberia).
The laboratory was awarded the SRL status by the World Health Organization in April 2013 making it the second Supranational Reference Laboratory in sub Saharan Africa.
As a result of this elevation, the Government agreed to build the laboratory a new home with funding from The World Bank. The new home will be located in Butabika, a Kampala suburb. The project was estimated to cost about $2.4m.
The laboratory is currently located in Wandegeya, Opposite Ministry of Public Service. Shifting to the new facility is tentatively scheduled for July 2017.