Ethiopia

Ethiopia - Collaboration with the African Society for Laboratory Medicine

Title: Support the LabCoP project in formatting the layout of the LabNet scorecard

Code: D21-06

Date: April - June 2021

Location: Ethiopia, The Netherlands

Client: African Society for Laboratory Medicine

Type of services:

  • Revise the 2016 version of the LabNet scorecard to reflect recent developments.
  • Design a user-friendly Excel format for the LabNet scorecard.
  • Reformat and automate the Excel scorecard.
  • Design a user-friendly paper-based version of the LabNet scorecard.

Report(s): 

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Title: Development of a training program on management and leadership for AMR laboratory managers

Code: D21-05

Date: March - April 2021

Location: Ethiopia, The Netherlands

Client: African Society for Laboratory Medicine

Type of services:

Develop a one-week training program on management and leadership for AMR laboratory managers.

Report(s): 

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Title: Laboratory Network Leadership Course

Code: D20-14

Date: October 2020 - March 2021

Location: Ethiopia, The Netherlands

Client: African Society for Laboratory Medicine

Type of services:

Develop a training program for National Laboratory Working Groups to optimize and strengthen the laboratory network in their countries.

Report(s): 

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Title: ASLM Fleming Fund Blueprint National Laboratory Quality Policy, Strategic Plan and Standards

Code: D20-11

Date: October 2020 - August 2021

Location: Ethiopia, The Netherlands

Client: African Society for Laboratory Medicine

Type of services:

Develop the Afica CDC Guidance for Establishing a National Laboratory Quality Framework including a blueprint National Laboratory (Quality) Policy and Strategic Plan to advance quality management system implementation by laboratories in Africa.

Report(s): 

[12 Nov 2021] Today, Tjeerd Datema gave a presentation introducing the guidance for establishment of a National Laboratory Quality Framework #NLQF during a very well attended launch meeting. The NLQF guidance, endorsed by the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM), will be rolled-out in countries under the mandate of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) and regional stakeholders. It will definitely impact the advancement of #LQMS in African Union Member states. Source: DATOS LinkedIn Blog.


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Title: ASLM Fleming Fund Qualifying Workforce for AMR Surveillance in Africa & Asia - Microbiology & Epidemiology + Master Trainer course

Code: D20-08 & D20-10 + D20-12

Date: June - October 2020

Location: Ethiopia, The Netherlands

Client: African Society for Laboratory Medicine

Type of services:

  • Coordinate the development by the consortium partners of the Microbiology Skilled and Microbiology Expert tracks of the Fleming Fund Regional QWArS project.
  • Coordinate the development by the consortium partners of the Epidemiology Skilled and Epidemiology Expert tracks of the Fleming Fund Regional QWArS project.
  • Develop a 1-week Training of Master Trainers program for the Fleming Fund Regional QWArS project.

Report(s): 

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Title: ASLM Fleming Fund regional grant writing (II) and desk study

Code: D20-06

Date: January - March 2020

Location: Ethiopia, The Netherlands

Client: African Society for Laboratory Medicine

Type of services:

  • Conduct of a desk study into availability, uptake and performance of African laboratories in regional External Quality Assessment (EQA) schemes for antimicriobial resistance (AMR) testing, including presentation of findings at a regional stakeholders meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa.

  • Assist in organizing and conducting a consortium writing workshop in Johannesburg, South Africa.

  • Leading and coordinating the write up of the full proposal for EQA improvement in the African Region for the Fleming Fund AMR regional grant.

Report(s): 

[17 Mar 2020] Strengthening EQA for AMR testing on the African Continent - The African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) is leading a consortium for the Fleming Fund regional grant on strengthening External Quality Assessment (#EQA) for Antimicrobial Resistance (#AMR) testing in Africa. The consortium consists of technical partners, including Public Health England, the DTU - Technical University of Denmark, National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) in South Africa, and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), with the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (WHO-AFRO) and the FAO together forming the advisory committee.


On 10 and 11 February ASLM, in collaboration with Africa CDC, organized a regional stakeholders meeting on EQA for AMR testing. During the regional meeting, Tjeerd Datema presented results of a desk study, conducted by DATOS, which provided insight in participation and performance of laboratories in EQA programmes for AMR on the African continent.


Valuable input was provided by stakeholders and partners on priorities for strengthening EQA for AMR testing in the region.

Source: Datos LinkedIn Blog


[19 Jan 2021] External Quality Assurance (EQA) is integral to reliable laboratory services - We are happy to announce the publication of an article on EQA schemes in Africa, authored by Dr Jane Carter and co-authored by DATOS’ laboratory experts Dorien Faber and Tjeerd Datema. Download and read the article in the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM)'s Lab Culture. Source: DATOS LinkedIn Blog.


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Title: ASLM Fleming Fund regional grant writing (I)

Code: D19-15

Date: November - December 2019

Location: Ethiopia, The Netherlands

Client: African Society for Laboratory Medicine

Type of services:

  • Assist in organizing and conducting a consortium writing workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Leading and coordinating the write up of the full proposal for the Fleming Fund AMR regional grant.

Report(s):

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Title: Africa CDC One Health Summit

Code: D18-10

Date: April 2018

Location: Ethiopia

Client: African Society for Laboratory Medicine

Type of services:

Expert at the One Health Summit meeting at the African Union.

Report(s):

[6 Apr 2018] On 4 and 5 April 2018the newly established Africa CDC held a meeting in the Headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. During this meeting about 100 experts from all over Africa discussed the current situation with regard to Antimicrobial Resistance in humans, animals, food, water and the environment, so truly under the One Health concept. During the meeting recommendations were formulated based on the Africa CDC framework for AMR objectives for the first year of activities to improve surveillance, mitigating harm, limiting transmission and delay emergence of AMR.


Linda Oskam was one of the co-facilitators on the session on surveillance and gave a presentation on surveillance networks and the use of laboratory assessment tools. This fits perfectly in the DATOS activities in the fields of laboratory (system) improvement and the activities that DATOS carries out for the Fleming Fund. Source: //blog.datos-advice.nl/#post50


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