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ASLM 2018 – Preventing and controlling the next pandemic: the role of laboratory

December 10 - 13, 2018 - Abuja (Nigeria)


ASLM2018 is the fourth biennial international conference of the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM).

ASLM2018 aims to serve as a platform for the international laboratory medicine community to share best practices, acquire knowledge and debate innovative approaches for combatting global health threats.

Mérieux Foundation session

  • December 10, 2018 8:00 – 12:00

    Role of laboratory systems: lessons learned and perspectives

Recent outbreaks have highlighted the need for diagnostics and the important role of laboratory systems. The growing issue of AMR and the fields of HIV and TB, in particular, also call for quality laboratories and a high-performance organization of the laboratory system. The complexity of technologies and the increase of associated costs are also major constraints in this field.

In this context, several approaches and initiatives to strengthen laboratory systems, especially in West Africa, will be presented and discussed.

  • Role of laboratory systems in health systems: lesson learned and perspectives

    Welcome: Dr. François-Xavier BABIN, Director Diagnostic & Health Systems, Mérieux Foundation

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  • Role of laboratories in outbreak alert and detection

    Dr. Ignatius BALDEH, Director National Public Health Laboratory, Gambia

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  • Importance of the laboratory in the different levels of the health pyramid in the context of the WHO list of essential diagnostics

    Dr. Aicha-Marceline SARR, Mérieux Foundation, Senegal

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  • Role of laboratory governance and issues faced by laboratory directorates

    Prof. Mandiou DIAKITÉ, Deputy Director, Laboratory Directorate, Ministry of Health Guinea

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  • Role of the laboratory in HIV monitoring; difficulties, challenges, feedback from the field

    Dr. Abdelaye KEITA, National Institute of Public Health Research, Mali

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  • Example of a Laboratory network in Madagascar: RESAMAD

    Dr. Saida RASOANANDRASANA, Befelatanna Hospital, Ministry of Health, Madagascar

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  • Role of the laboratory in AMR: perspectives from West Africa

    Prof. Abdoul-Salam OUEDRAOGO, Head of Bacteriology-Virology lab, Teaching Hospital Souro Sanou, Burkina Faso

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  • Role of the laboratory in noncommunicable diseases

    Prof. Jean SAKANDÉ, Mérieux Foundation

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Mérieux Foundation will also be represented at:


  • December 11, 2018 17:00 – 20:00

    Geospatial digital tools: best practices and opportunities to improve quality and coverage of key laboratory services

    Co-Convener: Co-Convener: Nicolas STEENKESTE, Mérieux Foundation & Scotts TEESDALE, InSTEDD & Xavier MORELLE, SAVICS

  • December 13, 2018 13:30 – 15:00

    Laboratory systems and networks for One Health

    Co-Convener: Iruka OKEKE, Professor & MRC/DfID African Research Leader, Nigeria & Dr. François-Xavier BABIN, Director Diagnostic & Health Systems, Mérieux Foundation

  • Oral presentations

    LabBook: a free LIS to computerize clinical laboratories of developing countries

    LabNet: capacity building for laboratory workers in Guinea as part of the LabNet project

    RESAOLAB: the construction on an inter-county laboratory network : challenges and prospects of the RESAOLAB program in West Africa

Learn more on the Mérieux Foundation at ASLM2018

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