Following on the heels of two hard-won laboratory accreditations in Tanzania, the Mbeya Referral Hospital Laboratory has been accredited by the Southern African Community Accreditation Service (SADCAS). The National Health Laboratory Quality Assurance and Training Centre in Dar es Salaam and the Bugando Medical Centre Laboratory in Mwanza City also recently received SADCAS accreditation after a year-long review process. The Muhimbili National Hospital Laboratory has been recommended for SADCAS accreditation, as well. All four laboratories were mentored by CLSI staff and volunteers.
CLSI launched the Global Health Partnerships (GHP) program in Tanzania in 2007 as part of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief laboratory strengthening initiatives. In addition to working with six National and Zonal Health Laboratories in Tanzania to implement quality management systems, CLSI has assisted with the translation of the ISO 15189 standard (Medical laboratories—Requirements for quality and competence) and CLSI’s QMS01 document (Quality Management System: A Model for Laboratory Services; Approved Guideline—Fourth Edition) into Kiswahili, the creation of the national health laboratory policy, the training of local mentors and assessors, and the training of local master assessor and master mentor trainers.
Read more about GHP’s work with the Tanzanian laboratories here.