“Quality is Everybody’s Responsibility”

A quality-assured laboratory system is now available in sub-Saharan Africa, World Health Organization (WHO) AFRO region, through the implementation of Stepwise Laboratory Improvement Process Towards Accreditation (SLIPTA) roll out from 2010, and the introduction of the Global Laboratory Initiative (GLI) TB tool for quality management system.

During the ”Ensured the Quality of TB laboratory Services” symposium on Thursday morning, Alaine Umubyeyi Nyaruhirira, a Senior Lab Advisor in the Center for Pharmaceutical Management at MSH Rwanda, and colleagues presented “Improving the quality of HIV and TB Laboratories: The Rwanda Experience“.

In this presentation, Nyaruhirira demonstrated how efforts to ensure the quality of HIV and TB laboratories services in five referral laboratories in Rwanda help to ensure clients satisfaction, recognition and visibility of the laboratories, and sustain the performance of a quality system.

”Quality is everybody’s responsibility, from laboratory staff to upper manager,” she said. In order for the system to be sustainable, the involvement of political leaders is more important than ever.