Laboratory Systems and Networks

Africa CDC is supporting the institution of patient-centred integrated point-of-care diagnostic testing for syndromic management and surveillance at the community level.

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Goal

Strengthened clinical and public health laboratory systems and networks through continued improvements in workforce competency to assure quality and safety. 

Strategic Objectives

  1. Support countries and regions to map existing laboratory systems to defined requirements of a tiered national laboratory system (specifically quality, standards and biosafety), and networks (with specific linkages to disease surveillance and clinical care for both public and private sectors. 
  2. Assist countries in developing comprehensive national laboratory strategic and implementation plans and enabling policies, which include regulations of laboratory diagnostic testing and secure and safe handling of highly dangerous pathogens. 
  3. Support Africa CDC RCCs and national-level laboratory networks to implement modern advanced molecular technologies and multiplex pathogen assays. 
  4. Support the introduction of a patient-centred approach for integrated point-of-care diagnostic testing for syndromic management and surveillance at the community level. 
  5. Develop and manage strain banks as repositories for diagnostics and vaccine development for emerging and re-emerging pathogens.
  6. Support laboratory workforce development, which may include the creation of a field laboratory training programme.
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