Through its seminars and workshops, the GWU-APHL Institute provides practical knowledge and confers competency and leadership in quality public health laboratory practice.
A major weakness in current disease surveillance and prevention infrastructure is the lack of strong, national, laboratory-based surveillance systems. Limited capacity and capability to provide greater access to diagnostic testing adversely affects treatment and prevention efforts in addition to wasting treatment resources. These shortcomings result in:
• Delays in detecting, identifying and reporting outbreaks and trends in disease prevalence
• Larger numbers of cases of disease and more deaths, increased costs and wasted health care resources
GWU-APHL Institute seminars are designed to serve the needs of senior public health professionals whose responsibilities include:
• Planning, managing and directing national public health laboratory systems
• Ensuring the quality of public health laboratory practices
• Developing health policies and using public health laboratory information to plan public health programs
The Institute’s first seminar featured a two-week advanced program, “Strategic Management for Public Health Laboratory Systems,” which was attended by 21 laboratory professional representing 10 countries.
Now in its sixth year we are excited to offer the program in Africa! The Institute will be held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Fall 2012. Apply now! See our link at the right.