East Africa Public Health Laboratory Networking Project PDF Print E-mail

The World Bank, as a part of its global goal of strengthening health systems, has supporting five year project known as East Africa Public Health Laboratory Networking Project (EAPHLNP) that involves Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda as part of strengthening laboratory capacity in control of infectious diseases.

In this regard, The Government of Tanzania has received Credit of US$15 million from the International Development Association (IDA) for the Project.  The project will: (i) strengthen capacity to rapidly diagnose communicable diseases of public health importance and share information to mount an effective regional response; (ii) support joint training and capacity building to expand the pool of qualified laboratory technicians; and (iii) fund joint operational research and promote knowledge sharing to enhance the evidence base for these investments and support regional coordination and program management. 

An essential component of the project will be close collaboration with key partners who are already at work in East Africa, such as the East Central and South African Health Desk (ECSA) and the East African Community (EAC) Health Desk

In Tanzania, the project will involve the construction of a National Public Health Laboratory and renovation and provision of supplies to six satellite laboratories, namely Ndanda Hospital, Sumbawanga Regional Hospital, Maweni (Kigoma) Regional Hospital, Musoma Regional Hospital, Mnazi mmoja Hospital and Kibong’oto Hospital. In addition, the project will provide regional and local training to laboratory staff.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 March 2013 14:20