Nigeria carries the heaviest burden of HIV in Africa with a high burden of TB-HIV co-infection. Nigeria has a higher malaria mortality rate than any other in the world, and is one of only three countries worldwide where transmission of the wild polio virus has never been interrupted. With the heavy burden of HIV, TB, malaria, polio, enteric and diarrheal disease, there is a significant impact on the overall mortality and morbidity and a growing need for quality and effective laboratory diagnostics. ASM works in collaboration with local partners to strengthen laboratory programs across the country.
ASM in Nigeria
- General microbiology training and mentoring
- Tuberculosis (TB) diagnostic test strengthening
- Clinical microbiology
- Mentoring: 68 mentees from 8 national and regional TB and microbiology reference labs including teaching hospitals have been supported
- 117 people in TB diagnostics (AFB smear microscopy, TB Drug Susceptibility Testing (DST), External Quality Assurance (EQA) for molecular assays
- 26 People trained in biosafety
- 43 people in Foundations of Laboratory Leadership and Management
- Technical assistance provided at 9 unique institutions
Nigeria Laboratory Accreditation
The Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) is a key component of the Nigeria Network for tuberculosis (TB) and serves as a model for labs across Africa. The NIMR TB Reference laboratory, supported by ASM since 2009, went from zero to five stars using Stepwise Laboratory Improvement Process Towards Accreditation (SLIPTA) and Strengthening Laboratory Management Towards Accreditation (SLMTA) tools and processes. This ASM-supported laboratory, one of only a handful in Africa to attain five stars, was mentored through the process entirely by ASM during the past two and a half years. ASM has now expanded the mentoring program to cover additional three regional TB reference laboratories and three clinical microbiology laboratories across Abuja, Calabar, Ibadan, Lagos, Makurdi, and Zaria.
BioResource Center (BRC)
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 BRC in Nigeria serves as a location for scientists and stakeholders to convene; offers access to cutting-edge scientific resources; and provides ongoing professional development training through scientific webinars, virtual workshops, and also on-site workshops and lectures.
BRC at the University of Lagos (UNILAG)
Contact: Prof. Olusimbo Aboaba, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mailing Address of BRC:
ASM BioResource Center
Ambassadors to Nigeria
The Country Ambassador is a senior scientist that represents ASM in Nigeria, facilitating partnerships and exchanges with other scientists worldwide, while the ASM Young Ambassador is a dynamic young leader, who also represents ASM in Nigeria, 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 - Ifeoma Enweani
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Young Ambassador - Samuel Eziuzor
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For more information on ASM's Nigeria program,
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