Ugandan Scientist Named Africa Laboratory Medicine Ambassador

thumb geneva;”>Mr. Charles Kiyaga is a biomedical scientist working with the Central Public Health Laboratories (CPHL) in the Ministry of Health as the national coordinator for Early Infant diagnosis (EID) Program.

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abortion geneva;”>ASLM is an International Pan-African organization that brings together governments, multilaterals, donor agencies, non-governmental organizations and the private sector with the common goal of strengthening health systems through improved quality of laboratory diagnosis.

He is a biomedical scientist with a Bachelor of Biomedical Laboratory Technology (BBLT) of Makerere University, Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Approach to HIV Care and Management of Manchester University UK.

He also holds a Master degree of Science in Biomedical Laboratory Technology and Management from Makerere University.

Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, Director General of Health Services revealed Mr. Kiyaga as being the one of the pioneers of the establishment of the EID program in 2007. “He has seen it grow from a young intervention under the AIDS Control Program to a global model program that it is today,” she said.


Dr. Aceng noted, “In 2009, the program was selected among the other five similar programs for global review conducted by UNICEF. Out of that review, Uganda’s EID program was accorded the most innovative program globally.”

Furthermore, in 2012, Uganda’s EID program was given a best practice award by ASLM as the best EID program on the African continent.

She said Mr. Kiyaga’s involvement will enable Uganda to benefit from these strategic plans by ASLM and many more to come.

Through the EID program, Mr. Kiyaga has helped to set up a state of the art molecular laboratory at CPHL which is the best in the East and Central Africa. The laboratory saved the government over 80 percent funds and reduced the laboratory processing time from 25 days to 2 days.

He also innovated a sample transport network which has evolved into a national sample transport system. It is based on creating sample transport hubs at the sub district level and transports all types of specimens.

The sample transport hubs have been adopted by PEPFAR as the model for implementation of their country operation plan (COP) and would want to adopt the same where they operate.

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