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Uganda hosts Regional Laboratory Workshop

Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, the Minister of Health speaking to Laboratory experts at Regional Laboratory Systems Strengthening Workshop at Royal Suites in Kampala. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

KAMPALA –  In a bid to improve on treatment skills, the Ministry of Health has participated in a 3-day Regional Laboratory Systems Strengthening Workshop that is taking place at Royal Suites in Kampala.

Under the theme “Building resilient laboratory systems in Africa to rapidly scale up Viral Load and Early Diagnosis Services to reach UNAIDS 90:90:90 targets by 2020”, the experts will share best lab practices to enable Africa reach UNAIDS 90:90:90 targets by 2020.

The workshop was opened by Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, the Minister of Health who said “On this beautiful morning, I had the privilege together with US Ambassador to Uganda to preside over the opening ceremony of Regional Laboratory Strengthening Workshop where Lab experts from 13 countries from ECSA-HC together w/Sierra Leone & Nigeria are gathered to share good lab practices.”

US Ambassador to Uganda Deborah Ruth Malac and Minister Aceng in a group photo with Laboratory experts. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

She said that the experts will share good practices on Early Infant diagnosis and viral load testing for HIV and discuss strengthening health systems to be more resilient. “It’s great to have these experts here in Uganda,” she added.

The three-day workshop convened Laboratory experts from 13 countries from East, Central and Southern African Health Community as well as participants from Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

Efficient laboratory systems are a critical component of any functional healthcare delivery system since they enable timely disease diagnosis, prognosis and surveillance.

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