ASLM 2018

ASLM2018 is the fourth biennial international conference of the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) and is being held in Abuja, Nigeria from 10-13 December. The theme of this year’s conference is Preventing and controlling the next pandemic: The role of the laboratory.

FIND is hosting a session on The role of the laboratory in preventing and controlling viral epidemics and viral pandemics.

Background: Accurate diagnosis is key to linking patients to life-saving treatment. This session, led by viral hepatitis and Lassa fever experts, will highlight the vital roles laboratories and diagnostics play across the African continent in response to viral epidemics and viral pandemics. Panelists will focus on some of the key challenges public health systems across the African continent are facing, and discuss how responsive laboratories and innovative diagnosis pathways can help prevent and control future outbreaks.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 12:30–14:00 | Room FCT, Transcorp Hilton, Abuja

Speaker Topic
Francesco Marinucci (Co-Chair)
  • Opening
Uhunmwangho Augustine
University of Abuja, Nigeria
  • Epidemiology of viral hepatitis in SSA
Mtebe Majigo
Muhimbili University, Tanzania
  • High prevalence of HCV, HIV, and HBV among injecting drug users in Dar es Salaam: the potential stumbling block in control of infections in Tanzania
Rosemary Audu
NIMR, Nigeria
  • Challenges with laboratory diagnosis of viral hepatitis
Richard Ndjoum
CPC, Cameroon
  • Hepatitis D infection: Epidemiology, diagnosis and management 40 years after discovery
Anthony Ahumibe
NCDC, Nigeria
  • Supporting Lassa fever response in Nigeria through diagnostic development and lab capacity strengthening
Pascale Ondoa (Co-Chair)
Director of Science and New Initiatives, ASLM
  • Closing

Oral abstracts

  • Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 11:30-12:30 – Francesco Marinucci, Head of HCV & HIV at FIND, will also be co-chairing a session titled Innovations to achieve universal health coverage and international health regulations.
  • Wednesday, 12 December, 13:30-15:00 – Devy Emperador, Scientific Officer, Pandemic Preparedness, FIND, will present on How innovations assist in outbreak response.

Poster sessions

Session 2.2, Wednesday, Dec 12, 12:30-1:30 pm