We help bring awareness to disease outbreaks in East Africa

The East African Community (EAC), in collaboration with the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM), are implementing a German Government funded project entitled “EAC Regional Network of Public Health Reference Laboratories for Communicable Diseases”, which aims to establish a sustainable laboratory infrastructure and response network across East Africa.

Project objectives

To strengthen capacity of EAC Partner States existing National Public Reference Laboratories to detect and respond to pathogens of biosafety levels 3 and 4 (Phase I), AMR surveillance (Phase II) and data sharing through the mobile laboratories.

Mobile Laboratories

Phase I of the Project procured and deployed nine (9) complete Mobile Laboratories in the EAC region. Each mobile lab is fully equipped with portable PCR machines, ELISA machines, Gloveboxes, mobile vehicles and electrical power supply system.

Antimicrobial Resistanc

Phase II of the project is set to strengthen the capacities of the EAC Partner States to respond to outbreaks of infectious diseases, including bacterial diseases and cross-border epidemics with particular reference to Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) surveillance in the region.



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