GHP Celebrates Successful Year of Overseas Activities, Looks Forward to 2014
The CLSI Global Health Partnerships (GHP) staff is wrapping up a busy and successful year of traveling throughout the world to assist developing countries in improving the quality of their laboratories. Here are some highlights from the past year of activities.
- GHP Vice President Karen McClure, PhD, MLS(ASCP)SBB, GHP Director Frances Ingersoll, MS, MLS (ASCP), and CLSI Board of Directors President Mary Lou Gantzer, PhD, FACB, assisted the Kenya Medical Technicians and Technologists Board in launching an ambitious program to validate laboratory equipment and reagents as they enter the country. The scope of this validation project is unprecedented among the developing countries in the region. “Kenya is leading the way, and CLSI will be guiding them through the process,” Dr. McClure said.
- Dr. Gantzer, GHP Director Connie Adams, MT(ASCP), and GHP Senior Program Manager Patrick Mateta, MT, MBA, worked in Tanzania to develop the country’s first national laboratory policy. CLSI launched its GHP program in Tanzania in 2007 as part of the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) laboratory strengthening initiatives.
In addition to assisting with policy development, the GHP team is working with six national and zonal health laboratories in Tanzania to improve operations, implement quality management systems, and work toward compliance with international laboratory standards. GHP also recently conducted its first Master Assessor and Master Mentor Training of Trainers workshops in Tanzania.
- GHP kicked off the second year of its Quality Management Systems for Laboratory Leadership Certificate Program in Vietnam and will launch the course in Ghana next year. The certificate program is designed for people working in leadership positions who have influence over a country’s laboratory policy. The year-long curriculum focuses on the 12 quality system essentials and related standards aimed at providing officials with the skills and tools to improve laboratory efficiency and testing accuracy.
- This summer, a veterinary laboratory in Azerbaijan where the GHP team has worked for two years made headlines by preventing an anthrax outbreak. The anthrax exposure was discovered in a flock of migrating sheep, and they were vaccinated to stop the disease from spreading. GHP is currently assisting the Republican Veterinary Laboratory in Azerbaijan as it prepares to apply for International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 17025 accreditation.
As the eight-member GHP team takes a break from traveling during the holiday season, they will prepare for a full slate of activities in 2014. “The coming year is shaping up to be very active with new PEPFAR activities and several other consultations in resource-constrained settings,” Dr. McClure said.
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