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The East African Public Health Laboratory networking project comes at an exciting time when the Ministries’ of Health are making amends to re-engineer diagnostic services in Kenya and the region.

This is an opportunity for laboratory professionals to invest by having new diagnostic technologies to inform public health policy and also improve laboratory management practices at the end of the day. The Project was officially launched on 11th October 2010 in Arusha, Tanzania at East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA) offices beginning a long journey Through IDA support, National Public Health Laboratory Services has held consultative meetings between management and technical staff which have resulted in the formation of Technical Working Groups with a view of addressing several laboratory issues.

The laboratory teams have come up with several draft documents on quality assurance, biosafety/ biosecurity, facility level specific guidelines on microbiology tests and review of laboratory indicators and discussions and consultations are ongoing. Notable achievements have been the formation of laboratory M&E TWG.