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South Africa - Reference laboratory establishment, SLIPTA AMR Scorecard Development and design of a laboratory AMR quality improvement project


Title: FIND Scorecard development to measure laboratory AMR and TB testing capacity

Code: D18-17, D20-05, D20-15

Date: September 2018 - December 2020

Location: Netherlands + South Africa

Client: Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), South Africa

Type of services:

  • Development, review and revision of scorecards to measure AMR laboratory testing capacity and TB laboratory testing capacity.
  • Digitalization of the scorecards into e-tools.
  • Development of user guides for both scorecards.
  • Review of TB-SLMTA curriculum and training materials.

Report(s):

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Title: FIND Scorecard development to measure veterinary laboratory AMR testing capacity

Code: D20-09

Date: December 2019 - December 2020

Location: Netherlands + South Africa

Client: Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), South Africa

Type of services:

  • Development, review and revision of scorecards to measure AMR testing capacity in veterinary laboratories.
  • Digitalization of the scorecards into e-tools.
  • Development of a user-guide.

Report(s):

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Title: Webinar development for the Score-TB Package

Code: D20-07

Date: June - December 2019

Location: Netherlands + South Africa

Client: Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), South Africa

Type of services:

Development and provision of (a series of) webinars aimed at introducing the Score TB Package and training assessors on the use of the scorecards and etool.

Report(s):

[10 Dec 2020Tuesday next week, the 15th of December, Linda Oskam and Tjeerd Datema will give two presentations in the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) LabCoP Extended Echo Session to launch the Score-TB Package. 


The Score-TB package consists of an integrated set of assessment tools based on SLIPTA to support the implementation of a QMS in laboratories performing TB tests.

It will be launched by the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), in collaboration with the Global Laboratory Initiative (GLI), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the ASLM. We contributed to the development of the scorecards.

Source: DATOS LinkedIn Blog


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Title: TESA II Reference Laboratory establishment

Code: D19-08, D19-12

Date: May - August 2019

Location: Mozambique, Botswana, South Africa

Client: Trials of Excellence in Southern Africa, through the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development

Type of services:

  • Conducting assessments of capacity, structure, strengths and weaknesses to determine readiness to become reference laboratory for the Trials of Excellence in Southern Africa (TESA) network at:
    • The laboratory of the Centre em Investigação em Saúde de Manhiça (CISM), Mozambique, envisaged to become TESA malaria reference laboratory
    • The laboratory of the Botswana-Harvard Partnership, envisaged to become TESA HIV reference laboratory
    • The laboratory of the Stellenbosch University (SUN), envisaged to become TB reference laboratory
    • The laboratory of the University of Cape Town, to assess capacity to support SUN.
  • Conducting interviews with TESA network members to determine needs in terms of reference laboratory testing and support.
  • Providing assistance to CISM with resolving nonconformities identified in an ISO 15189:2012 audit conducted by the Portuguese National Accreditation Body.
  • Facilitating a workshop to analyse interview and laboratory assessment findings, determine Terms of Reference for TESA reference laboratories, mapping progress of the TESA II project, and improving the TESA and institutional acquisition strategies.

Report(s):

[1 August 2019] In the months of June and July the focus of DATOS’ activities broadened to strengthening research laboratories by assisting the Trials of Excellence in Southern Africa network, shortly TESA network.


The TESA network was launched in 2009 during the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) phase 1. The objective of this network is to strengthen clinical research capacities in Southern Africa as well as increase North-South and South-South networks. Currently, TESA incorporates 13 institutions in eight Southern African and four European countries. The activities of the TESA network currently focus mostly on capacity building and strengthening less established institutions for the identification, treatment and prevention of poverty-related infectious diseases in the Southern Region of Africa.


DATOS was asked to assist with the establishment of reference laboratories within this network for HIV, malaria and tuberculosis. In June we visited:

  • The laboratory of the Botswana Harvard Partnership (BHP) which is envisaged to become TESA HIV reference laboratory
  • The laboratory of the Centro de Investigação em Saúde de Manhiça (CISM) which is envisaged to become the TESA malaria reference laboratory.

We conducted an assessment at both laboratories to investigate their structure, capacity, quality management system, and other strengths and weaknesses.


During a joint workshop directly following the laboratory visits, the teams of both institutes and the experts of DATOS formulated Terms of Reference (ToR) for the TESA reference laboratories and, based on that, developed an action plan for both laboratories to work towards implementing the ToR. Source: //blog.datos-advice.nl/?p=68


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Title: Laboratory AMR Quality Improvement Project

Code: D19-05

Date: February - March 2019

Location: Netherlands + South Africa

Client: Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), South Africa

Type of services:

Design of a laboratory AMR quality improvement project approach and repository of guidance materials.

Report(s):

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