International Laboratory Capacity Building (Lab Cap) Program

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International Laboratory Capacity Building (Lab Cap) Program
Since 2005, ASM has been harnessing the expertise of its global members to support laboratory capacity strengthening in resource-poor countries via the International Laboratory Capacity Building (Lab Cap) Program.

Lab Cap’s Mission is to build international laboratory capacity for all clinical microbiology in resource-poor countries.

Lab Cap’s Goals are to:
  1. Develop and package training tools using new and existing resources through a consensus approach;
  2. Monitor and evaluate program progress and impact in order to identify best practices; and
  3. Create sustainability at national levels through quality assurance programs and working with in-country partners.

PEPFAR (U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) Initiatives
ASM is collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Global AIDS Program on capacity building of global HIV and Opportunistic Infection laboratories in resource-poor countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Under a four-year Cooperative Agreement with the CDC, ASM is addressing two key aspects of clinical microbiological laboratory capacity building:
  • Strengthening organizational and technical infrastructure of clinical microbiology laboratories for HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment programs; and
  • Assuring the quality of laboratory testing and HIV test results by instituting systematic approaches to delivering clinical microbiology services to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care programs

IEIP (International Emerging Infections Program) Initiatives
ASM has started collaborating with the CDC’s Global Disease Detection Program in order to assist with one of its core components, the International Emerging Infections Programs (IEIP). ASM will provide technical expertise and consultation for building laboratory capacity and improving clinical microbiology for the diagnosis of respiratory diseases in five IEIP sites. Each site has implemented active, population-based surveillance for pneumonia with varying levels of microbiologic capacity.

ASM Video: Laboratory Capacity Building Activities in Zambia
The film focuses on ASM's support to the Zambian Ministry of Health and US government agencies in the strengthening of clinical microbiology services with the objective of integration of tuberculosis (TB) and HIV/AIDS laboratory infrastructure. Consultants representing ASM have traveled to Zambia to train researchers on diagnostics for TB, blood culture, and basic bacteriology.

Press Release - ASM Signs Memorandum of Understanding with FIND
The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and the Foundation of Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding today confirming their agreement to work in partnership for projects aimed at strengthening infectious disease diagnosis and service integration in resource-poor and transitional countries.

Video of ASM President's Visit to Africa
In March 2008, ASM Past-President Cliff Houston travelled to Zambia and South Africa on behalf of ASM to promoteits internationalprograms and to stimulate educators and health professionals in enhancing human resource capacity through ASM’s significant resources.

Acid-Fast Direct Smear Microscopy Training Package
These training materials are designed as a "workshop in a box" that includes all the presentations, exercises, and step by step guidance for convening and conducting a 4-5 day practical laboratory workshop.