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.
ASM in Tanzania
- 8 Workshops Conducted
- 54 Laboratory Staff Mentored
- 79 Laboratory Staff Trained
- Clinical/Public Health Microbiology
Affordable Technologies for Health Systems Strengthening in Tanzania
Since 2012, ASM has trained 18 Tanzanian microbiology laboratory mentors for Regional hospitals throughout the country. They are equipped with the knowledge and skills to establish and improve the quality of opportunistic infection testing at their assigned facility. Despite global advances in communication technology and information sharing, mentors still face the obstacle of limited flow of knowledge and connectivity.
At their yearly gathering held in Dar es Salaam in August 2014, mentors were provided with their own laptop computer and accessories, many for the first time, to use while they are part of the program. Through its collaboration with ASM, local partner Affordable Computers and Technology in Tanzania (ACTT) supplied low-cost, refurbished computers and computer maintenance to each mentor. The computers have enabled them to learn from each other, share best practices in laboratory diagnosis and quality improvement, and document progress. Now, they have the tools to write their own success story.
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 National Health Laboratory Quality Assurance and Training Centre (NHLQATC)
BRC at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, National Health Laboratory Quality Assurance and Training Centre
Mailing Address of BRC:
Ambassadors to Tanzania
The Country Ambassador would be a senior scientist that represents ASM in Tanzania, facilitating partnership and exchange with other scientists worldwide, while the ASM Young Ambassador is a dynamic young leader, who also represents ASM in Tanzania, 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 - Taking Applications
For more information on ASM's Botswana program,
please contact Lynee Galley at firstname.lastname@example.org.