Global Health Partnerships Spotlight
Through its Global Health Partnerships (GHP) program, Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) provides international outreach services and hands-on support to laboratories in resource-constrained countries, helping them achieve sustainable quality with systems to better diagnose and treat patients with infectious diseases.
CLSI, in collaboration with the Ministry of Community Development, Gender and Children (MCDGC) recently conducted gap assessments at 12 laboratories throughout Tanzania. Patrick Mateta, CLSI Director of Global Health Partnerships, returned from Tanzania with updates on the laboratories’ accreditation statuses. Notably, Mnazi Mmoja Hospital in Zanzibar was successfully assessed and recommended for accreditation through a Southern African Development Community Accreditation Service/South African National Accreditation Service (SADCAS/SANAS) twinning arrangement, and is awaiting the final confirmation of its accreditation status. Through the SADCAS/SANAS twinning arrangement laboratories are assessed by assessors from both accreditation bodies and receive certificates of accreditation from each.
Upon Patrick’s return, CLSI had completed the first round of a four-week mentorship program with Turiani Mission Hospital Laboratory and Singida Regional Hospital Laboratory. Additionally, the following laboratories began preparing applications for initial accreditation assessment by SADCAS/SANAS: Aga Khan Hospital, Temeke Municipal Hospital Laboratory, Ndanda Mission Hospital, and Kibong’oto TB Reference Laboratory.
As a result of CLSI’s technical assistance to Tanzanian laboratories, the National Health Laboratory Quality Assurance Training Center (NHL-QATC), Muhimbili National Hospital Central Pathology Laboratory, Bugando Medical Center, Mbeya Referral Hospital, and Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre have successfully maintained their accreditation statuses through the SADCAS/SANAS twinning arrangement.
Providing support to laboratories in over 20 countries is a rewarding experience for each member of the CLSI GHP team.
When asked what the most gratifying part of working alongside these organizations is, Patrick said, “Seeing laboratories that had no form of a quality management system being accredited at an international level and others being able to maintain their accreditation status is the most gratifying. This translates to quality, timely, reliable, and reproducible results which will be used to effectively manage patients. The opportunity to make a difference in the delivery of sound health care to resource-constrained countries is always rewarding.”