Laboratory Services Outreach sub-Programme

The IDI Laboratory Services Outreach initiative is a sub-programme within the IDI Outreach Programme; notable achievements since 2008 include:

•the development of a durable partnership with the Central Public Health Laboratories within the Ministry of Health which has resulted, amongst other things, in IDI providing high-level support to the Ministry to operationalise its strategic plans;

•the engagement of district managers and the provision of direct and practical support, to revitalise both individual labs (including those in faith-based-organisations) and the QA/QC systems within which they operate; and

•the definition of workable, replicable models for the national development of lab services at all levels; and

•the set-up, equipping and functionalisation of over seven laboratory hubs within the supported districts. These labs also provide a platform for training and research.

In addition, there is very active lab training component of the IDI Training Department; with over 900 lab staff who have been trained between 2008 and mid-2015.