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About African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM)
The African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) is a pan‐African professional body working to advocate for the critical role and needs of laboratory medicine and networks throughout Africa. Africa is rapidly growing but faces major health challenges including epidemics of HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, and new priorities such as Ebola and other global health security threats. Strengthened laboratory capacity and surveillance in Africa are critical to overcoming the burden of disease and ensuring a healthy future for the continent. Recognizing the World Health Organization (WHO) Resolution AFR/RC58/R2 for strengthening public health laboratories in the African region and the 2008 Maputo Declaration on Strengthening of Laboratory Systems, ASLM addresses these challenges by working collaboratively with governments, local and international organizations, implementing partners, and the private sector to achieve the following goals by 2020:
  • Mobilize efforts to strengthening laboratory workforce to meet Africa’s growing healthcare needs
  • Transform laboratory testing quality through quality improvement and accreditation programmes 
  • Support the development of strong, harmonized regulatory systems for diagnostic products 
  • Build networks of national public health laboratories to improve early disease detection and collaborative research