Health System Strengthening

AGHPF provides technical assistance to strengthen quality systems and knowledge transfer in meeting national and internationally recognised standards in medical laboratories. AGHPF is also fully registered in Uganda as a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) and has been a stakeholder in laboratory accreditation in Uganda since 2009; first by providing technical assistance to the Centres for Disease Control Prevention laboratory at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) Entebbe leading to the College of American Pathology – Laboratory Accreditation Program (CAP-LAP) Accreditation.

Worldwide, laboratory accreditation is a priority and stakeholders appreciate the benefits that accrue from it. This international recognition of medical laboratories through accreditation specifically ensures; International recognition of the accredited laboratory as qualified and competent to provide reliable test results; improved performance of laboratory staff thus enhancing staff discipline and sense of professionalism and other benefits.

AGHPF uses the philosophy of approaching Quality In April 2016, AGHPF was awarded a five year USD Twenty Million Dollar ($20,000,000) Cooperative Agreement (CoAg) to provide Technical Assistance for Strengthening National Laboratory Systems in Uganda through CDC under PEPFAR. This CoAg enables AGHPF together with other Implementing Partners the Central Public Health Laboratories (CPHL)/Department of Health Laboratory Services under the Ministry of Health to collaboratively implement a set of activities to achieve shared goals. The overall purpose of the project is to support the government of Uganda to build a sustainable National Health Laboratory System to support the National HIV/ AIDS Care and Treatment, and other infectious diseases plan at all health care levels. A GLOBAL HEALTHCARE PUBLIC FOUNDATION- UGANDA Management Systems (QMS) from a genetic perspective to establish the five key building blocks of the DNA of a QMS of a laboratory seeking to attain or sustain accreditation. AGHPF strengthens the five core elements that make up the backbone of the QMS including; building capacity for document development, review and issuance towards ensuring measurement traceability, supporting maintenance and monitoring environment, train personnel, establishing and verifying acceptance testing for new equipment and ensuring that appropriate methods are used.

So far, with technical assistance in form of scheduled audits, trainings and mentorships provided by AGHPF, laboratories across the country (Uganda) have attained and maintained accreditation to ISO 15189:2012 and by the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS). These include Jinja Regional Referral Hospital, Kayunga General Hospital, Kiryandongo General Hospital, Mildmay Uganda & St. Francis Hospital Laboratories, Matanyi Hospital Laboratory, Entebbe General Hospital Laboratory, Masindi Hospital Laboratory among others.

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