SLIPTA and SLMTA Symposium

Sponsors: African Society for Laboratory Medicine and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Date: Saturday, 8 December 2018 and Sunday, 9 December 2018
Time: 8:00-17:00
Location: Congress Hall

No invitations necessary; open to all conference registrants


  • MOH Leadership
  • Program Directors
  • Laboratory Managers
  • Implementing Partners
  • Clinicians
  • Hospital Administrators


Launched in 2009, SLMTA is PEPFAR’s* flagship program for strengthening laboratory systems. It has been implemented in 52 countries and helped 81 laboratories attain accreditation to international standards. This 2-day event brings together laboratory quality improvement implementers and key stakeholders to celebrate successes, share lessons learned, and chart the way forward. The theme of the symposium is Sustainability: Make Quality Stick!

The VIP talks and expert panels will present strategies and approaches to sustaining quality in resource-limited settings. Particular linkage will be drawn to supporting the 3rd 90 of the UNAIDS 90-90-90 goals. ASLM will preview SLIPTA 2.0, which will be officially launched later in the conference. In this new phase, Ministry of Health will be empowered to conduct the audits with only the coordination, guidance and awarding of certificates being provided by ASLM.

Two world-renowned Quality Control experts – Sten Westgard (of the Westgard fame) and Wayne Dimech (NRL, Australia) – will each present a 1.5 hour training workshop.

Country teams will showcase their SLMTA spirit through song-and-dance performances representative of their unique cultures and languages. Come prepared to learn, network, and be entertained.

*PEPFAR: The US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief


  • Dr. John Nkengasong, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Renuka Gadde, Becton Dickinson
  • Dr. S. Lorna Madurai, Global Clinical and Viral Laboratories
  • Tosan Erhabor, Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria
  • Sten Westgard, Westgard QC, Client Services and Technology