Since September 2006, ASM has worked closely with CDC-Namibia and the Namibian Institute of Pathology (NIP) to build capacity and corresponding safety procedures in the NIP laboratories diagnosing TB. The scope of this work has been primarily focused on providing onsite technical assistance and training for TB laboratory staff at the Windhoek Central Reference Laboratory (WCL) as well as the Oshakati, Otjiwarongo, and Rundu regional laboratories, under the NIP management. Through this approach, ASM is helping to strengthen laboratory capacity and capability that meets the needs of the Namibia “National Tuberculosis Control Program” and improves the quality of lab testing for TB microscopy, culture and identification, and drug susceptibility testing at national and regional levels.
ASM in Namibia
- 2 Biosafety Training Workshops Conducted
- 1 Basic Diagnostic Microbiology Workshop Conducted
- 2 AFB Fluorescence Microscopy Workshops Conducted
- 85 People Trained in Workshops
- 13 Laboratories Engaged in Workshops
- 4 Laboratories Mentored
- 16 Mentees Mentored
- Tuberculosis (TB)
ASM’s External Quality Assurance (EQA) Plan Improves AFB Microscopy Services in Namibia
ASM’s comprehensive EQA Improvement Plan for TB Laboratories has covered all the main areas of AFB smear microscopy EQA (blinded rechecking, proficiency testing, and on-site supervisory visits). It has begun with a series of training workshops on internationally recognized EQA for AFB smear microscopy practices and has transitioned to on-site, one-on-one, mentoring visits, involving the NIP Quality Assurance (QA) department, to ensure appropriate implementation of their EQA program. On-site quality supervisory visits and blinded rechecking methods have been introduced to the WCL and Oshakati, Otjiwarongo, and Rundu regional laboratories. Once the regional laboratories have become proficient, step-down implementation has been implemented at the district level.
BioResource Centers (BRCs)
The purpose of the BioResource Center (BRC) is to provide scientists, educators, laboratorians, policy makers, and students with cutting-edge scientific resources, training, and increase their knowledge-base of biological sciences. The BRCs in Namibia serve as locations for scientists and stakeholder to convene; offer access to cutting-edge scientific resources; and provide ongoing professional development training through scientific webinars, virtual workshops, and also on-site workshops and lectures.
BRC at the Polytechnic of Namibia
Contact: Cara Mia Dunaiski, firstname.lastname@example.org
Location of BRC:
BRC at the University of Namibia
Contact: Dr. J Sheehama, email@example.com
Mailing Address of BRC:
BRC at the Namibia Institute of Pathology
Contact: Monika Pendukeni, Monika.Pendukeni@nip.com.na
Mailing Address of BRC:
Ambassadors to Namibia
The Country Ambassador would be a senior scientist that represents ASM in Namibia, facilitating partnership and exchange with other scientists worldwide, while the ASM Young Ambassador is a dynamic young leader, who also represents ASM in Namibia, facilitating networking, professional development, and collaboration to strengthen science globally. The ASM Young Ambassador mobilizes the next generation of scientists to develop innovative approaches to meet the Grand Challenges in Science.
Country Ambassador - Taking Applications
Young Ambassador - Vincent Nowaseb
For more information on ASM's Namibia program,
please contact Maritza Urrego at firstname.lastname@example.org.