Blogs: CDC in South Africa
August 07, 2014, 2:00 pm ET U.S. CDC South Africa Office
Laboratory diagnostic tests play a critical role in the provision of relevant healthcare services. The tests are heavily relied on for making accurate diagnosis, and monitoring of treatment and treatment outcomes. Prevention interventions and surveillance activities also depend on diagnostic tests to function effectively. Therefore, it is very important to make sure that laboratory services are of high quality – as medical decisions made based on them could only be as good as the quality of the results supplied.
July 30, 2013, 2:00 pm ET U.S. CDC South Africa Office
Adequate diagnostic capacity is key to improving global health. Here at CDC-South Africa, through the Laboratory Branch, we work closely with the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) to continue building laboratory capacity and strengthening laboratory infrastructure for rapid, effective disease response. To ensure sustained enhancement and advancement for laboratory programs, experts in the field, together with CDC-South Africa’s Division of Global HIV/AIDS (DGHA) International Laboratory Branch, are regularly meeting and developing partnerships. I recently attended two meetings that were very important to the continued advancement of laboratory programs in Africa. These meetings are described below.
ASLM 2012, Addressing the Fundamental Strengthening of Laboratory Systems to Improve Healthcare and Save Lives in Africa
December 12, 2012, 2:00 pm ET U.S. CDC South Africa Office
The U.S. CDC’s role in the global health response is multi-faceted, and at the core is the agency’s role in establishing and strengthening international laboratories for rapid, effective disease response. The impact of CDC’s work in building sustainable and robust laboratories worldwide was evident last week at the African Society for Laboratory Medicine’s (ASLM) First International Conference in Cape Town, South Africa December 1-7.