ASM has collaborated with partners in Botswana since 2008 on strengthening the capacity of microbiology laboratories throughout the country. ASM assists the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC)-Botswana and the Government of Botswana with improving tuberculosis (TB) diagnostic capacity at the National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory (NTRL) and strengthening the technical and mentoring skills of local mentors comprised of National Health Laboratory (NHL) staff who deliver microbiology mentoring to staff from district and referral laboratories.
ASM has successfully assisted in establishing a local microbiology mentoring team at the NHL to provide technical assistance at laboratories throughout the country. In addition, ASM has conducted an assessment of the mycology laboratory at the NHL to support the development of a targeted mycology training program to be implemented in 2015.
ASM in Botswana
- AFB-EQA: since October 2009, 276 people trained throughout 27 workshops
- Basic Microbiology: since 2011, 70 people trained during two workshops
- QMS Training: in February 2014, 51 people trained during a QMS workshop
- EQA administered monthly over the course of several months in-country by local consultants
- General microbiology training and mentoring
- Tuberculosis (TB) diagnostic test strengthening
- TB culture (solid and liquid)
- TB Drug Susceptibility Testing (DST)
- TB External Quality Assessment (EQA)
- GeneXpert MTB/RIF training and validation
- TB-Acid Fast Bacilli (AFB) smear microscopy
Botswana Mentoring Program
ASM, along with Botswana-USA CDC Partnership (BOTUSA), has provided technical support to the Botswana laboratory diagnostic services and to the National Health Laboratory. Over the last few years, ASM has facilitated various initiatives and programs in the form of mentoring and training workshops in the areas of diagnostic laboratory techniques and Quality Management Systems (QMS). In order to achieve the goal of sustainable mentoring, ASM trained five staff from the NHL in the skills of mentoring. These staff members continue to successfully roll out the Mentoring Program to staff in local district laboratories.
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. Both BRCs in Botswana 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 Institute of Health Sciences Gaborone
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Ambassadors to Botswana
The Country Ambassador would be a senior scientist that represents ASM in Botswana, facilitating partnership and exchange with other scientists worldwide, while the ASM Young Ambassador is a dynamic young leader, who also represents ASM in Botswana, 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 - Moses Vurayai
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For more information on ASM's Botswana program,
please contact Nisha Puntambekar at email@example.com.