APHL Global Health has years of in-country experience, collaborating with ministries of health to strengthen health and laboratory systems. From technical assistance to strategic planning, we customize our involvement to respond to country needs.​

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2017 APHL activities:

PEPFAR

Document Development
Facilitated stakeholder meetings with 87 participants to develop the “Ghana Laboratory VL Testing Expansion Plan 2017-2020,” which will standardize and enhance VL testing while improving capacity within the laboratory system.

Created six VL SOPs regarding risk assessment reporting, sample collection, packaging, handling, and storage and transport of plasma VL testing.

Drafted a curriculum outline for country-specific training on the International Health Regulations and HIV as it relates to laboratory activities.

Evaluation & Accreditation
Conducted a baseline VL assessment using VL scorecards in nine VL testing laboratories to determine current capacities and inform VL scale-up activities in the future.

Informatics
Conducted a pre-implementation baseline assessment (gap analysis), instrumentation interfacing, technical support and a half-day onsite workshop in five priority regions (Greater Accra, Eastern, Western, Brong-Ahafo and Ashanti Region).

Transport
Conducted geographic information services (GIS) mapping of all 245 ART centers in Ghana, in partnership with the Centre for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Services, to generate geo-referenced maps for each site, determine the plot of the latitude and longitude of the ART centers, and differentiate care sites (regional VL, sector VL centers, functional VL centers, etc.). These maps will help drivers locate the referral centers when transporting specimens.

Trained eight staff at the National AIDS Control
Programme in GIS to manipulate the database and
perform analysis as needed.


GHSA

Document Development
Conducted a desktop review of existing biosafety
regulations and practices and reviewed prior
assessments to provide recommendations for
adaptation of the Biorisk Management Framework
template that was developed by APHL.

Evaluation & Accreditation
Conducted three rapid AMR assessments focused on
basic laboratory capabilities, bacterial isolates and
AMR susceptibility testing. The final report included
recommendations based on the findings and was
shared with CDC Ghana and laboratory directors.

Conducted four biosafety and biosecurity needs
assessments, in partnership with Integrated Quality
Laboratory Services, at the country’s four public health
laboratories to determine current capabilities, identify
priority needs and propose recommendations.

Training & Mentorship
Conducted a BSC end-user training for 15 laboratory
scientists, which included hands-on work with BSCs to
further improve technical skills and covered set-up, use,
spill response and decontamination, maintenance and
best practices.​