The development objective of the East Africa Public Health Laboratory Networking Project for Africa is to establish a network of efficient, high quality, accessible public health laboratories for the diagnosis and surveillance of tuberculosis and other communicable diseases. The additional financing (AF) phase for Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda is assisting to: (a) scale up successful activities to additional facilities in cross border areas, further expanding geographic coverage; and (b) broaden and deepen the range of interventions to be funded (that is, establishing isolation units; strengthening community surveillance activities; and supporting joint training in line with the one health approach to enhance effectiveness and impact of health systems in terms of management and containment of communicable diseases. The AF builds on a project with a solid five-year track record of promoting innovations and fostering regional collaboration (2011-2015). The AF is revitalizing disease surveillance, prevention, and preparedness capacities. The AF activities is also being implemented through established national structures, and coordinated regional platforms that have been used over the past five years.
In Uganda, the project AF is focusing on 7 satellite laboratories (Arua, Fort Portal, Lacor, Mbale, Mbarara, Moroto and Mulago) plus 2 isolation facilities in Entebbe and Mulago.