ASM has been working in Tanzania since 2009 to strengthen clinical microbiology services at the National Health Laboratory Quality Assurance and Training Centre (NHLQATC), Zonal, and Regional laboratories via workshops and mentoring. The mentorship program aspires to strengthen the diagnostic capability of microbiology laboratories in Tanzania by placing experienced laboratorians in each laboratory to mentor selected technologists in best standardized microbiological practices and aid where possible in the advancement toward International ISO Accreditation.
LabCap in Tanzania
- Clinical/Public Health Microbiology
Local Mentors on the Move: A New Direction for Microbiology in Tanzania
In 2012, ASM launched a program to train local Tanzanian microbiology laboratorians as mentors for to increase the laboratory capacity in the accurate and timely reporting to clinicians of opportunistic infections; support the microbiology laboratory to meet accreditation goals; and sustain capacity building efforts. The program consisted of two components – a two-week workshop on technical procedures, quality management systems and mentoring skills; and an orientation where participants shadow experienced mentors in a laboratory setting.
Six local mentors were each assigned to a Regional microbiology laboratory for a period of one month. ASM mentors joined them for a follow up visit to evaluate the effectiveness of the local mentoring program and provide guidance and support to move the program forward. They then met to review and revise the program based on best practices. The expansion of the program to develop local Tanzanian mentors is a turning point for ASM – this will serve to increase coverage of microbiology laboratory service strengthening and sustain capacity building efforts. ASM scaled up the program in 2013 to include another six local mentors.
National Health Laboratory Quality Assurance and Training Centre
Address: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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