Laboratory Network Approach

Sponsors: The USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management
Date: Sunday, 9 December 2018
Time: 17:30-19:00
Location: Benue/Plateau

Date: Wednesday, 12 December 2018
Time: 19:30-21:00
Location: FCT

No invitations necessary; open to all conference registrants

This session will be open to all and beneficial for manufactures, vendors, donors, and implementing partners

The laboratory network approach is a stepwise process that is based in a dynamic understanding of the functionality and supportive systems needed to support national laboratory networks. This includes defining national needs through quantification, working with key stakeholders to map and optimize laboratory networks, strategically support diagnostic expansion as needed through reagent rental (all-inclusive pricing), and monitor vendor performance through standardized Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

This approach can lead to more cost efficiency, enhanced patient access to testing, increased data transparency, and improved vendor performance. The session will specifically highlight the process in Nigeria that involved a collaborative effort across all stakeholders.

Participants will be able

  • to fully define the network approach and its key elements.
  • Specifically, participants will be able to explain the benefits of quantification, laboratory network optimization, KPIs, and performance monitoring.


  • Matthew Wattleworth, USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program