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Former U.S. Deputy Secretary-General to Keynote ASLM’s Inaugural Conference

Monday, September 10, 2012

The African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM), the first pan-African laboratory medicine association, will host its inaugural conference, “Accurate Laboratory Diagnostics–A Pillar of Quality Health Care,” in Cape Town, South Africa, from Dec. 1–7, 2012. 

“This is the first time that African medical laboratory professionals will have an opportunity to present their research and exhibit poster displays at a conference hosted by an organization representing African laboratory medical professionals.”
—Shannon Heard Castle, Director of ASCP’s Global Outreach Institute

“This is the first time that African medical laboratory professionals will have an opportunity to present their research and exhibit poster displays at a conference hosted by an organization representing African laboratory medical professionals,” said Shannon Heard Castle, Director of ASCP’s Global Outreach Institute. The ASCP will be offering Continuing Medical Laboratory Education (CMLE) credits at the conference.

About 1,500 professionals representing government and industry leaders, program managers, policy makers, and students are expected to attend.  Presenters include Ministers of Health from several African nations, including Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Tanzania.  

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro, who served as Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) from 2007 to 2012. Dr. Migiro has dedicated her career to addressing the AIDS crisis, as well as advocacy for women’s rights. While in office, she brought a spirit of partnership to the UN, urging public-private partnerships to work toward global health targets.

Ms. Castle, Patricia Tanabe, MPA, MLS(ASCP)CM, Executive Director of the ASCP Board of Certification, Jeff Jacobs, ASCP Vice President of Public Policy, and Anna Murphy, MLS(ASCP)CM, who has been integrally involved in the ASCP Global Outreach Institute’s training programs in Africa, will attend. ASCP and the ASCP Board of Certification will be exhibiting at the conference to promote international certification and education products.

Working in partnership with governments and relevant organizations, ASLM seeks to advance professional laboratory medicine practice, science, and systems to support preventive medicine, quality care of patients, and disease control in Africa. ASLM was founded with the support of ASCP, the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND).

“The eight pillars of ASLM are laboratory accreditation, continuing education, certification, research, policy, laboratory networks, journals, and best practices,” Castle said. “This conference helps to build the capacity of laboratory professionals and laboratory infrastructure in Africa. We encourage interested ASCP members to attend.” 

For more information on the conference, please visit www.aslm.org.


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