The CLSI Global Health Partnerships (GHP) team has embarked on a new 16-month laboratory reform project in Kazakhstan overseen by the National Foundation for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation (CDCF). The CDCF manages about 200 programs worldwide that involve a partnership of CDC experts, outside funding partners, and nonprofit organizations. CLSI is collaborating on the project with MRIGlobal of Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Virginia, USA; and a consultant from the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA.
Based in the CDC’s Almaty office, the CDCF team will support Kazakhstan’s drafting of a National Laboratory Strategic Plan, a path to accreditation for four laboratories with an infectious diseases focus and a national clinical reference laboratory, and the creation of a Regulatory Reform Proposal for both infectious and noninfectious diseases.
The team also will launch a quality management systems (QMS) program with a focus on the development of local knowledge and capacity using the training of trainer model. The QMS program will build the capacity of laboratory managers and quality systems coordinators through mentorships and workshops that feature a task-based, practical curriculum, which can be incorporated into undergraduate and postgraduate laboratory training programs in the future.
This project is designed to develop an overall strategic plan for clinical laboratories and to quickly move several selected laboratories toward accreditation. Kazakhstan will use the experience with the selected laboratories as the basis for creating a program for the remaining laboratories that moves them forward on the path to accreditation as well.
This CLSI GHP team has been working in Kazakhstan for the past two years through the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to implement QMS and improve quality of laboratory services in HIV laboratories with activities such as QMS workshops; the translation of the CLSI documents, The Key to Quality and Quality Management System: A Model for Laboratory Services; Approved Guideline–Fourth Edition (QMS01-A4 [formerly GP26-A4]), into Russian; and technical assistance visits to laboratories in Shymkent, Uralsk, Karaganda, and Pavlodar, and to the Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory of Almaty City AIDS Center. CLSI representatives also delivered QMS workshops in support of the Blood Transfusion Services of Kazakhstan in Astana and Almaty.