SLMTA laboratories around the world are aiding the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
- from a SLMTA master trainer in South Africa
What is SLMTA?
SLMTA is a PEPFAR flagship program for strengthening laboratory systems. It was launched in 2009 simultaneously with the SLIPTA program, which provides a stepwise approach to measuring progress towards accreditation. While SLIPTA measures the laboratory quality by conducting audits, SLMTA provides the how-to with training and mentoring. These 2 programs complement each other and together they provide the tools and processes needed to turn the aspirations of lab accreditation into reality. There is no doubt that the laboratory landscape has been transformed in the past 13 years.
SLMTA is not just one training curriculum, but a series of learning tools created overtime in response to the evolving laboratory needs.
Click here to learn about the evolution of the SLMTA program and all its course offerings.
Accomplishment To Date
To date, SLMTA has been implemented in 1368 laboratories in 56 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and even the Oceania. It has helped 295 laboratories attain accreditation to international standards.See all Accredited Labs
What do we want to achieve ?
Better patient outcomes through sustainable quality laboratory systems and universal access to accurate, reliable, and timely laboratory results for correct diagnosis worldwide.
To transform the laboratory system by strengthening quality management systems aligned to international standards using a continuous quality improvement approach, and by fostering a quality culture based on excellence of services.
To implement the SLMTA/ SLIPTA* program and set laboratories on their path to accreditation as a measure to assure quality diagnosis, disease surveillance and outbreak response.
*SLIPTA - Stepwise Laboratory Quality Improvement Process Towards Accreditation
Listen to the SLMTA Songs
SLMTA 3 e-Learning webinar series - Cohort #2It is amazing that I could acquire such knowledge, skills and have so much fun all in the comfort of my room. The structure of the course is so flexible that it permitted me to attend to my normal routines while still learning.
Although an e-learning course, it in no way downplayed the SLMTA learning culture – lectures, homework, homework debriefs, breaking into rooms for group work during sessions, interaction with other participants, earning of SLMTA dollars and swelling of SLMTA bank accounts, the games and all the fun associated with it. The virtual environment was able to simulate a typical SLMTA classroom and nothing was missed as far as the SLMTA style of learning is concerned. The recorded lectures and the recording of the live sessions are such valuable resources that one can always refer to at any time.
Nakeli Nicoline Batumani, Cameroon
SLMTA 3 e-Learning webinar series - Cohort #2If ISO 15189 accreditation sounds like a foreign language, you need SLMTA 3 e-Learning course to translate. If you feel overwhelmed with QMS implementation, you need SLMTA 3 e-Learning course to take you process by process; clause by clause with resources galore!
Janet Claudia Neil, Jamaica
SLMTA 3 e-Learning webinar series - Cohort #2Words cannot express how grateful I am for having got an opportunity to attend the SLMTA e-learning course. I have not remained the same, the principles of QMS have not only impacted my professional work, in fact, all facets of my life have in a way been touched by these principles and I am happily applying them in my everyday life as well. With the concepts that I have learnt, I am able to do things differently. The course has equipped me with knowledge to look at issues more holistically and above all I am better informed at guiding issues to do with Laboratory QMS.
Patricia Akello, Uganda
SLMTA 3 e-Learning webinar series - Cohort #2The SLMTA course has been exciting, enlightening and emboldening. The course is not a stroll in the park, but it will definitely empower laboratorians to meet their laboratories' QMS goals. For those skeptical about virtual learning, brace yourselves for one of the most interactive and impactful online trainings.
Kudakwashe Chitumbura, Zimbabwe
SLMTA 3 e-Learning webinar series - Cohort #1ISO 15189 requirements has been demystified, made understandable to the simplest level by experienced and expert facilitators. There is no way you will attend the SLMTA 3 e-learning course and your laboratory will not have accreditation. If your laboratory is already accredited, this course will definitely help you to sustain the accreditation; if not then accreditation is at your doorstep already with the knowledge and skills you will acquire from this course.
Anna Kadaa Gwanfogbe, Cameroon
SLMTA 3 e-Learning webinar series - Cohort #1Achieving accreditation is now simplified, simply enroll into this class and the road to accreditation is paved
SLMTA 3 e-learning course is the game changer in QMS implementation, demystifying ISO15189, learning at the comfort of your home.
Alice June, Kenya
SLMTA 3 e-Learning webinar series - Cohort #1I am so privileged to have attended this training because it has cemented the wider approach to processes and simplified it that even if you are not in a classroom setting. The virtual environment has been tuned to mimic a classroom
The SLMTA E-learning is as good as interacting in person. The fun is endless - the games week in week out, the content has been staggered to accommodate any busy schedule, the homeworks are flexible with ample time of 4 days to work on before submission (48hrs before live session).
Philemon Pickson Ndhlovu, Malawi
SLMTA 3 e-Learning webinar series - Cohort #1Even though I have attended most SLMTA trainings, this course helps me to refresh my memory and fill my gaps well. In my opinion all course contents are very important but QMS 4 is vital and needs to detail since occurrence management, internal audit and management review are pillars for continual improvement.
Daniel Dejene, Ethiopia
SLMTA Hero Award
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Innocent NZABAHIMANA, Lab Technologist/Safety Manager, National Biomedical Center/National Reference laboratory, Rwanda
Patience Dabula, National Quality Assurance Manager, National Health Laboratory Service, South Africa
Praneel Budhu, Manager, National Health Laboratory Service Northdale Laboratory, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
Janet Scholtz, Regional Quality Assurance Manager, Western and Northern Cape Area, National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS), South Africa
Dr Yagalen Naidoo, Pathologist, National Health Laboratory Service Northdale Laboratory, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
Patrick Mateta, Director of Global Public Health Initiative Program, Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute, USA
Bakunda Kamaranzi, National Laboratory Training Coordinator, Central Public Health Laboratories (CPHL), Ministry of Health, Uganda
Charity Jurua, Laboratory Services Manager, Gulu Regional Referral Hospital, Ministry of Health, Uganda
Hamida Nangosa, Quality Assurance Officer, Mulago National Referral Hospital, Clinical Laboratories, Ministry of Health, Uganda
Stanley Bulime, Senior Laboratory Services Strengthening advisor, Strengthening Uganda's Systems for Treating AIDS Nationally (SUSTAIN), Uganda
Sabin Sebasirimu, Laboratory Safety Officer, Biomedical Center/National Reference laboratory, Rwanda
Dancing with the Stars
SLMTA in Action
Photographs of SLMTAns in action
SLMTA in Print
AJLM's special supplement on SLMTA ‐ evidence of our successes and lessons learned
SLMTA in Motion
Check out the SLMTA music video produced by CDC-Vietnam (featuring David C Murray)