ASM-Mentored Tuberculosis Laboratory in Zambia Recommended for First International Accreditation
ASM works around the world to improve medical diagnostic services provided by laboratories. As part of a 5-year collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the government of Zambia, ASM continues its work improving the quality of diagnostic services provided by the national TB laboratories in Zambia. To prepare these laboratories for international accreditation, quality management systems (QMS) and processes must adhere to international standards of practice for quality and competency. ASM delivered a targeted mentorship program using tools like the “Mentor4TB,” developed in collaboration with CDC, which was a key component in improving the capabilities of these laboratories.
Under the guidance of ASM member and expert consultant Dr. Shirematee Baboolal, QMS principles were implemented through a combination of on-the-bench trainings and continuous mentoring. The national TB laboratory in University Teaching Hospital Lusaka, one of the 4 labs currently supported by ASM through the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), is the first TB laboratory in Zambia to be recommended for accreditation by the South African Development Community Accreditation Services (SADCAS) auditors in June 2018.
ASM is proud of this achievement and extends its congratulations to the government and people of Zambia!
Disclaimer: Development of this publication was supported by Cooperative Agreement Number NU2GGH001116-05 from the Department of Health and Human Services/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Center for Global Health, Division of Global HIV/AIDS. The contents of this article are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC.