The U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says strengthening medical laboratory systems is key to quality health care. Welcoming Laboratory Managers and Quality Assurance Officers from across the country to a laboratory leadership and quality management workshop in Lusaka, U.S. CDC Zambia Deputy Associate Director for Programs Dr. Mary Boyd commended the Ministry of Health for their leadership and vision to support a long-term sustainable response to laboratory services.
“The U.S. Government is delighted to be a part of this continued partnership to create strong, effective public health systems. Our training of 16 Laboratory Managers and 16 Quality Assurance Officers is an important beginning that will ultimately put Zambia on the international map for quality laboratory services.”
Dr Boyd noted that medical laboratories have a direct impact on aspects of patient care including quality of care, patient safety, resource use, and customer satisfaction. “In Zambia, like in other resource-limited countries, there is an urgent need to strengthen laboratory systems and services to conform to international standards (ISO 15189 standard for medical laboratories).”
U.S. CDC, through the U.S. PEPFAR program, has been supporting the Zambian government to improve the standard and quality of laboratory services through various strengthening activities including the one week leadership training taking place in Lusaka July 17- 20, 2017. The workshop is a kick-off meeting that will culminate into a nine-month-long online training with the University of Washington and University of British Columbia for Laboratory Managers and Quality Assurance Officers. U.S. CDC is funding the training and mentorship that will continue throughout the program period.
In collaboration with the Ministry of Health and implementing partners, U.S. CDC has made substantive contributions to strengthening the quality and improving the efficiency of laboratory service.