ASM International has two programs that comprise its Sustainable Development efforts. These programs advance the mission of the society, with a focus on leveraging ASM’s resources to ensure sustainable health systems strengthening where it is needed the most. Specialized programs central to this effort include a range of capacity building and policy making endeavors, including, but limited to biosafety, clinician and microbiology mentorship strengthening programs.
The Sustainable Development programs include:
ASM utilizes the support of its members to provide clinical microbiology technical assistance in resource-constrained countries. More than 5,000 ASM members are clinical microbiologists with years of experience developing quality control programs, managing laboratories, instituting good laboratory practice, and training on diagnostic tools and procedures. ASM is able to rapidly engage these experts as consultants for the numerous LabCap projects that strengthen and expand clinical microbiological services, primarily through the training of laboratory staff.
LabCap Goals Include:
- Strengthen microbiology laboratory capacity and health systems for quality assured diagnostics of infectious diseases.
- Ensure institutionalization of quality management systems (QMS).
- Develop and implement tools and practices to support human capacity building.
- Support laboratory systems strengthening across disease areas.
- Advance ASM Mission through global networks.
LabCap's approach to strengthening laboratory capacity includes:
- Strengthening the national public health network for clinical microbiology
- Ensuring countries have ownership of the laboratory infrastructure and programs they develop, as they are ultimately responsible for implementing them
- Understanding that the strengthening and expansion of in-country laboratory programs requires a significant time commitment via mentoring
- Establishing South-to-South collaborations involving the sharing of evaluated, culturally appropriate, and highly effective strategies and programs
- Encouraging South-to-North collaborations in order to continue to strengthen the cadre of highly competent microbiologist mentors for LabCap Program countries
- Fostering the expansion of Centers of Excellence as international and/or regional centers for quality assurance and training by providing both access to ASM educational and scientific resources and linkages to ASM partners
- Promoting Partner collaborations by bridging the organizational affiliations of multiple partners and ASM to maximize coordination of international laboratory capacity building efforts and optimize resource leveraging
U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Initiatives
Under a multi-year Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ASM is collaborating with the CDC's Global AIDS Program (GAP) on capacity building of global HIV and clinical microbiology laboratories in resource-limited countries throughout the world in support of the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Initiatives. CDC's long-standing partnerships with Ministries of Health support improvement of critical infrastructure and services to build sustainable national public health capacity and help resource-constrained countries prevent HIV infection; improve treatment, care, and support for people living with HIV.
President's Malaria Initiative (PMI)
ASM is supporting efforts to control and prevent malaria in Guinea as part of a multi-million dollar USAID-funded President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) program, StopPalu. PMI is a U.S. Government initiative designed to cut malaria deaths in half in target countries in sub-Saharan Africa. PMI is implemented by USAID and CDC and works in partnership with host country governments in Africa, and builds on existing national programs. The newly awarded 4-year cooperative agreement, led by RTI-International, involves a consortium of 4 global health organizations including ASM, Johns Hopkins’ JHIEPGO, and Guinea’s Centre Africain de Formation pour le Développement (CENAFOD), together with 4 Guinean nongovernmental organizations; the consortium will implement an array of multi-sectoral interventions to address malaria in Guinea.
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- Mentoring that enables visible, immediate results in improving laboratory diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) and other infectious diseases
- Providing timely advice on laboratory renovations, equipment, and supply needs
- Developing and harmonizing international training tools for TB and other infectious diseases
- Maintaining close relationships with in-country laboratorians
- Coordinating with strong international collaborators to gain information on activities already ongoing in-country and harmonizing LabCap's efforts accordingly
- Collaborations with laboratory-oriented organizations leading to development of best practices
For country specific data please visit Where We Work
Countries with LabCap Programs:
In recognition of the significant challenges faced by scientists in resource-limited countries, ASM offers free ASM membership to qualified scientists in eligible countries. Global Outreach members are a critical component of ASM’s global knowledge network of 40,000 members and enjoy full membership benefits. Benefits include full access to ASM's 13 scientific journals as well as all other benefits associated with full ASM membership.
Although ASM memberships and subscriptions are provided at no cost, they must be renewed annually.