APHL actively collaborates with governmental health agencies to convene key stakeholders and assist in the development of strategic plans, standard operating procedures, national policy guidelines for medical laboratory services, and blueprints for creating a national laboratory system.
Evaluation & Accreditation
APHL assists laboratories to maintain the most effective surveillance and evaluation practices. APHL members and consultants assess laboratory capacity, workflow and resource availability, enabling countries to close need-gaps. Assessments help laboratories understand what steps need to be taken to strengthen their laboratory.
APHL supports countries in evaluation, design and implementation of LIS for more efficient management of laboratory processes and reporting of laboratory data from public health and clinical laboratories. Systems that facilitate the use and ability to share quality information—in both paper- and computer-based formats—is crucial to the effective functioning of laboratories.
APHL, in collaboration with CDC, develops and implements effective, flexible quality improvement and quality assurance programs, including designing and implementing national EQA programs. Assuring laboratory quality, from validation to follow-up, is a continuous and overarching goal.
Training & Mentorship
APHL develops custom-tailored workshops and curricula that focus on eliminating immediate gaps, but also comprehensively address the broad range of skills laboratory managers require: financial management, quality control and quality assurance, equipment maintenance and collaboration within the health system. The result is increased system-wide capacity of supervisory and management staff who now operate as effective leaders.
APHL facilitates relationships between lab staff and expert lab scientists who monitor day-to-day responsibilities, offer professional advice on quality control and quality assurance when necessary. Mentors also offer continuous support by providing checklists and data management tracking, conducting site audits, and sharing best practices and ideas.
APHL supports a specimen transport network at select VL laboratories, coordinating the flow of specimens to and from the laboratories. Bikers’ schedules are coordinated to make sure specimens are transported in time for high-quality VL Testing.
APHL supports laboratory twinning relationships, which pairs a laboratory from an under-resourced country with a more-established institution with particular expertise. Ideally, twinning benefits both organizations, increasing the knowledge and understanding of all in the relationship.