The Federation of African Associations of Medical Laboratory Scientists is a non profit organization made up of membership of African countries’ national associations of medical laboratory scientists and individual biomedical scientists / laboratory consultants practicing in Africa.
This scientific meeting is geared towards sensitization of laboratory professionals to become proactive change agents towards enhancement of quality in medical laboratory services in Africa.
Goal? Improved quality of medical laboratory services in Africa is at the core of the United Nations health related Millennium Development Goals especially in the combating of HIV/AIDS/STIs, TB, Malaria and other tropical diseases through continuing professional development on appropriate diagnostic protocol, capacity building and strengthening of African laboratory professionals aimed at reducing mortality and morbidity especially in mothers and children.
It was inaugurated in Yaounde, Cameroon in March 2005 with the objective of encouraging high professional training and practice standards in medical laboratory services and research. FAAMLS mission is to turn around the present decrepit standard of medical laboratory services across the continent in collaboration with governmental and non governmental organizations.
It planned a maiden conference this spring but has to postpone to October. Some Expected Participants:
- Medical Laboratory Scientists
- Laboratory Physicians & Clinicians
- Biomedical Scientists / Consultants
- Other Health Professionals
- Collaborators’ Representatives
Date: 6th to 8th October 2011
Venue: Sheraton Hotel and Towers (Abuja?)
In an email, the group communicated that they are still accepting abstracts:
We would like to use this postponement to perfect every aspect of the
preparation for this African Great Event and urge you to seize this
opportunity to register online (if you had not registered before the
postponement), make your payment and send your abstract to the Scientific
Committee through [email protected]
Please, do take note of the following important dates:
1. The Early Bird Registration closes on 6th September 2011
2. The dateline for the submission of abstract is the 15th August 2011
(contents adapted from faamls webiste)
As drug design and development becomes important, this type of conference can improve the quality and and readiness of the continent in moving to the generic drug market. Recently, many MNC drug giants are licensing their drugs so that developing economies can make them cheaply and save lives. We think that Africa must intensify efforts in this regard. A gathering like this will surely help.