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UNHLS 2017 strategic plan

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS’ REMARKS FOR BEGINING OF YEAR GENERAL STAFF MEETING – 4/JAN/2017.

     Dear members of Management, Staff, Partners and all stakeholders of the National Health Laboratory Services (UNHLS)/ Central Public Health Laboratories (CPHL);

I greet you and congratulate you on the successful completion of 2016 and entering the New Year- 2017. I thank all of you for the hard work you exhibited in the year that has just ended which enabled UNHLS to register several successes. These successes have been acknowledged both nationally and globally. Some of the key successes we recorded in 2016 include:

    -Successful relocation from Buganda Road to Butabika and the official launch of the high- tech facilities here.

    -Consolidation of the robust national sample referral system

     -Achieving our national targets for the EID and Viral Load testing services

     -Provision of appropriate laboratory support for response to disease out-breaks especially cholera. Viral haemoregic 

      fevers, typhoid and the current meningitis.

     -Development of a National Action Plan for Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance

     -Initiation of Hepatitis B viral load testing at UNHLS.

     -Intensification of preparing laboratory units for accreditation.

     -Initiation of the process of sending the UNHLS Bill 2016 to Parliament.

     -Winning an award at the 3rd biannual meeting of ASLM in Cape Town on December 8th, 2016.

As we enter 2017, I wish to appeal to all of you to double efforts to consolidate our gains of 2016 and aim to achieve more. We at management level would like to assure you today, that you will be supported, facilitated and encouraged in your efforts to raise UNHLS to higher levels. In this regard Management has resolved that in 2017 our focus at UNHLS shall be directed towards the following priority areas:

  1. Finalization and implementation of the Revised National Health Laboratory Policy and the 2016/2021 Health Laboratory Strategic Plan.
  2. Fast-tracking of the enactment of the UNHLS Bill-2016.
  3. Approval of the revised scheme of service for Health Laboratory Professionals.
  4. Improving microbiology laboratory services at the UNHLS and strengthening of the national microbiology laboratory network.
  5. Systematic implementation of the Global Health Security Agenda.
  6. Implementing the National Action Plan for AMR surveillance.
  7. Linkage of the national sample referral system to global systems.
  8. Achieving the 90:90:90 target for HIV response. This means supporting 1.2 million people in a year. This simply means that we shall be testing 100,000 samples per month or 25,000 samples per week or 7,000 samples per day.
  9. Reducing the turn-around-time (TAT) for all laboratory services. In this regard special attention will be given to the strengthening and roll-out of Point Of Care Testing (POCT) at various places of relevance.
  10. Intensifying external quality assurance for key laboratory services .
  11. Increasing the number of laboratory units in the national laboratory network to qualify for International Accreditation.
  12. Operationalize the electronic Health Laboratory Information Management System (HLIMS)
  13. Improve laboratory services for non-communicable Diseases (NCDs)
  14. Strengthen and roll-out histopathology laboratory services
  15. Operationalise the National Laboratory Bio-bank Repository at UNHLS for containment of specimen and for Research.
  16. Launch the HIV drug resistance testing and surveillance program

These focus areas may look ambitious, but I am confident, given the necessary support, resources, environment and encouragement, that the staff of UNHLS have the capacity to achieve them, and even more, within the one year. Why not, they have done it before!!

I thank you and wish you all a Prosperous 2017.

 

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