EGPAF at the 2016 African Society for Laboratory Medicine Conference

December 3 - 8, 2016 | Cape Town, South Africa

ASLM2016 was the third biennial international conference of the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM). The conference aimed to serve as a platform for the international laboratory medicine community to share best practices, acquire knowledge and debate innovative approaches for combatting global health threats.

The focus areas for the conference were:

The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) presented four posters and co-organized a joint satellite symposium on Implementing Point-of-Care (POC) Technologies for Early Infant Diagnosis (EID) of HIV with UNITAID, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), UNICEF, Médcins Sans Frontières (MSF), the EID Consortium as well as the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. 

EGPAF’s poster presentations focused on integrating point-of-care technologies into national Early Infant Diagnostics (EID) networks across nine countries where the UNITAID-funded project is active. 

While coverage of conventional, laboratory-based early infant diagnosis of HIV (EID) has increased in recent years, access to effective testing could be greatly expanded through the integration of point-of-care testing into national EID networks. Point-of-care (POC) testing has been shown to significantly reduce turnaround times between sample collection and return of test results, and to increase treatment initiation rates. Without early diagnosis and treatment, up to 30% of HIV-infected infants will die before they reach their first birthday.

This symposium focused on lessons learned from pilots and early programmatic experiences that aim to integrate new technologies into existing diagnostic systems, including approaches to strategically select the right facilities and products for POC EID, to plan pilot activities, and to conduct POC EID training programs.

Poster Presentations

Integrating point-of-care technologies into national early infant diagnosis networks: choice of sites for platform placement

By Jennifer Cohn (1 & 2), Jean-François Lemaire** (1), Rebecca Bailey (1), Francesca Celletti (1) 1 - Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation; 2 - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases | December 9, 2016

Capacity of Potential Point-of-Care Early Infant Diagnosis Pilot Sites: Findings from Site Assessments in Lesotho

By Anafi Mataka (1), Esther A.J. Tumbare (1), Tsietso Motsoane (2), David Holtzman (1), Monkoe Leqheka (2), Kolisang Phatsoane (2), Appolinaire Tiam (1), Anthony Isavwa (1) 1 - Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Lesotho, 2 - Laboratory Services, Ministry Of Health, Maseru, Lesotho | December 9, 2016

Site Selection Approach to Optimizing Early Infant Diagnosis (EID) Networks with Point-of-Care EID Platforms

By Anafi Mataka (1), Esther A.J. Tumbare (1), Tsietso Motsoane (2), David Holtzman (1), Monkoe Leqheka (2), Kolisang Phatsoane (2), Appolinaire Tiam (1), Anthony Isavwa (1) 1 - Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Lesotho, 2 - Laboratory Services, Ministry Of Health, Maseru, Lesotho | December 9, 2016

Assessment of the Quality Management Systems in Potential Point-of-Care Early Infant Diagnosis Sites: Baseline Findings

By Anafi Mataka (1) , Esther A.J. Tumbare (1), Tsietso Motsoane (2) , David Holtzman (1) , Monkoe Leqheka (2) , Kolisang Phatsoane (2), Appolinaire Tiam (1), Anthony Isavwa (1) 1 - Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Lesotho, 2 - Laboratory Services, Ministry Of Health, Maseru, Lesotho | December 9, 2016

Satellites and Workshops

Updates from the EID Consortium network: field evaluation and moving towards implementation


Speaker(s): Dr. Sergio Carmona, NHLS, South Africa & Dr. Catherine Wedderburn, LSHTM, UK

Lessons from implementing a POC EID end-user training and mentorship program


Speaker(s): Reuben Mwenda, MOH-HTS, Malawi

Bringing a new POC EID technology into the national system


Speaker(s): Adolfo Vubil, Instituto Nacional de Saúde, Mozambique

Stepwise Approach to site and platform selection, and site preparation towards readiness for POC EID introduction in 9 countries


Speaker(s): Jeff Lemaire, EGPAF, Switzerland Learn more »

Strategic product and site selection for POC platforms: Experience using an excel-based tool for decision making


Speaker(s): Raiva Simbi, Laboratory Services, Zimbabwe

Implementation challenges of POC EID in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Malawi


Speaker(s): Zee Ndlovu, MSF-SAMU

Monitoring performance of the POC EID cascade and implementation of supportive site supervision


Speaker(s): Anafi Mataka, EGPAF, Lesotho

Joint supplier engagement for accelerated POC EID market entry and sustainable pricing


Speaker(s): Jackson Hungu, POC EID Procurement Consortium, Kenya

Remote monitoring of POC device performance using wireless connectivity


Speaker(s): Dr. David Kob, CNLS, Cameroon

Multi-country analysis of Alere Pima error rates and device error codes


Speaker(s): Katie Pollak, CHAI, USA

Improving access to quality diagnosis through TB/HIV integration on GeneXpert


Speaker(s): Jeremiah Okari, National TB Program, Kenya & Nancy Bowen, National Reference Lab, Kenya