What We Do

Under what we do, change the different links to Training, Diagnostic Testing, External Quality Assurance, current projects, upcoming projects. Information should be as below.
  1. Training
We offer training to laboratory personnel in;
– Diagnostic techniques including:
– ZN Microscopy
– FM microscopy
– LJ Drug Susceptibility Testing
– MGIT 1st line DST
– MGIT 2nd line DST
– LPA 1st line DST
– LPA 2nd line DST
– GeneXpert

   – Other laboratory training packages on;
– Laboratory Quality Management System
– External Quality Assurance
– TB specimen referral system
The SRL has undertaken the following trainings to date:

Year Trainee country of origin Number of trainees Training focus
2016 Burundi 2 -Introduction to MGIT DST
2016 Malawi 5 -Introduction to MGIT and LJ DST
2016 Ethiopia 3 -Refresher in MGIT 1st and 2nd line DST
2015 Mauritius 1 -Refresher in TB diagnostic tests including ZN, Xpert, MGIT, LJ
2015 Ethiopia 2 -Preparation of PT panels
2015 Swaziland 3 -Introduction to second line DST using MGIT
2014 Zimbabwe 2 -Introduction to MGIT DST

-Implementation of QMS

2013 South Sudan 5 -Microscopy methods using FM and ZN

-Culture and DST using LJ and MGIT

 

  2. Diagnostic testing
We offer diagnostic testing services using the following techniques:
– ZN Microscopy
– FM microscopy
– LJ Drug Susceptibility Testing
– MGIT 1st line DST
– MGIT 2nd line DST
– LPA 1st line DST
– LPA 2nd line DST
– GeneXpert
– Sequencing and mods
The SRL has since 2014 offered testing services to Somalia for samples for MDR patients (both initial and follow-up cases) using LPA, LJ culture and    LJ DST methods.

3. External Quality assurance
The SRL performs External Quality assurance services for laboratories through:
– Proficiency testing
In 2014 and 2015, the SRL was commissioned by WHO to offer microscopy PT panels to the 9 TB High burden countries in Africa including;                   Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Mozambique, South Africa, DRC and Nigeria.
In addition as an SRL, the laboratory has offered PT panels for culture and DST to Zambia, Botswana, Tanzania and Swaziland.
– Blinded rechecking
The SRL has in the past conducted blinded rechecking for Swaziland, Rwanda (during its DRS), Lesotho (during its DRS) and the Zambart project;       a TB/HIV project in Zambia.
Onsite supervision and training