On Monday, December 10, the conference of the ASLM – African Society for Laboratory Medicine started in Abuja, Nigeria. This meeting, which is held every two years, focuses on preventing and controlling the next pandemic: the role of the laboratory.

The aim is to provide information on the landscape of laboratory medicine and needs in Africa. It also aims to educate private, public and philanthropic donors about investment opportunities in laboratory medicine. For Professor Souleymane Mboup, President of the Institute for Health Research, Epidemiological Surveillance and Training – IRESSEF who chaired the opening of the conference,

“preparing to prevent a pandemic requires high-performance health systems and systems. laboratory allowing rapid detection of infectious threats, appropriate clinical management and reliable monitoring of treatments. “

Professor Souleymane Mboup – President of IRESSEF

It is also necessary, according to Professor Mboup, to build robust, resilient laboratory systems and promote appropriate and accessible diagnostic tools. This is the heart of the mission of ASLM since its creation in 2011 in Addis Ababa.

The IRESSEF team presents at the Abuja conference

This year, 2018, about ten IRESSEF researchers are taking part.

The conference also facilitates the networking of participants, particularly newcomers to African environments and health markets, while encouraging the creation of public-private partnerships to ensure the future development of African laboratories and African societies. diagnostic.