In Kenya, ASM is strengthening microbiology services for the diagnosis of HIV/AIDS-related opportunistic infections and other infectious diseases. Since 2007, ASM has supported not only human resource capacity building in the form of mentoring and training, but also areas of laboratory infrastructure, supply chain, public health networks, and accreditation.
LabCap in Kenya
- Clinical/Public Health Microbiology
Engagement of Microbiologists in Kenya – A Phased Approach for Improving Microbiology Laboratory Services
In May 2013, ASM partnered with Kenya’s Ministry of Health (MOH) in the roll out a comprehensive laboratory strengthening program commencing with an engagement meeting of microbiology stakeholders, followed by a workshop on basic microbiology diagnostics in collaboration with local partners, and an ongoing laboratory mentorship program.
Key representatives from the MOH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-Kenya, ASM, and other national and international partners convened on May 6, 2013 to discuss the priorities for the microbiology laboratory network and build consensus on a renewed strategy for improving services. The meeting was followed by a five-day Basic Microbiology Workshop for 28 laboratory technologists, primarily from provincial and district hospitals, that served as the foundation for a microbiology laboratory mentoring program. The workshop was a collaborative effort between ASM and the East African Public Health Laboratory Network (EAPHLN) Project-Kenya.
The next phase of the program involved the launch of microbiology mentorships at Bungoma, Murang’a, and Thika District Hospitals. ASM included Kenya laboratory professionals as part of the mentoring team of international experts. Mentor support to the laboratories is continuous, with scale up to other sites and recruitment of additional Kenyan mentors in the coming year.
Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)
Ambassadors to Kenya