Assisting Laboratories in Countries Around the World
CLSI Partnerships staff and volunteers travel the globe to give resource-constrained laboratories the tools and training they need to succeed.
We are currently providing support programs to laboratories all over the world. While our Partnerships are always expanding support services to new areas, we have assisted or are currently providing programs to laboratories in the following locations:
CLSI’s technical assistance visits in Central Asia started in late 2010. In 2015, a total of 30 participants were trained as quality managers, representing both Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. In 2016, our work expanded into Uzbekistan. A series of laboratory assessor trainings were conducted. In 2017, technical support for the implementation of quality management systems (QMSs) and accreditation preparation will be provided to the Republican AIDS Center and Institute of Virology.
The first CLSI/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-supported laboratory strengthening activities in the Western Hemisphere began in the Dominican Republic in 2016. Mentoring and training events are designed to support the CDC focus on improving the quality of viral load testing and HIV rapid testing. CLSI works with the National Reference Laboratory and five point-of-care laboratories throughout the country.
In 2016, CLSI launched a new activity supporting a professional exchange between laboratories working toward accreditation and a lab that had achieved and maintained accreditation to ISO 15189. In 2016, representatives from CLSI-supported Ethiopia laboratories traveled to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to visit the National Health Laboratory Quality Assurance and Training Center (NHLQATC). The NHLQATC was the first CLSI-supported laboratory in Tanzania to achieve international accreditation to ISO 15189.
CLSI’s Partnerships returned to South Asia in 2016, conducting laboratory strengthening activities in India. Continued programming supports the current WHO/CDC focus on improving the quality of viral load testing and HIV rapid testing.
As of 2016, CLSI has assisted 10 laboratories in Kenya to work toward international accreditation. CLSI’s Partnerships set up a regional office in Nairobi, which offers support to the country activities. The office is managed by a laboratorian with extensive program management experience. This office coordinates and support the pool of local mentors with adequate resources.
CLSI programming in Mozambique provides support to the Ministry of Health to develop, review, and revise key laboratory policy documents, ensuring compliance with current international recommendations and standards.
In 2015, CLSI partnered with ASLM to conduct mentor training and QMS for laboratory managers’ workshops in Namibia. In 2016, CLSI in collaboration with African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM), CDC Namibia, and Ministry of Health and Social Services revised the National Point of Care Guidelines for Namibia.
CLSI provides capacity building and technical assistance to laboratories in Tanzania by working in collaboration with the CDC and other organizations to ensure sustainable strengthening of national laboratory systems and assist in developing policies that align with the internationally recognized laboratory standards for medical laboratories.
Recent missions in the Ukraine have been conducted by CLSI and multiple partner organizations to evaluate current testing capabilities, infrastructure needs, QMS implementation, and human and financial resources. QMS workshops to target the gaps identified by the assessments are planned for 2017.
CLSI programming in Vietnam focuses on QMS training to laboratory staff, quality managers, and laboratory directors.
Since 2010, CLSI’s Partnerships program has trained practicing laboratorians, quality officers, and managers to develop and implement QMSs in their laboratories, with the goal of accreditation preparedness.