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IDI Lab Recognized in International Competition

April 29, 2010, Washington, DC: The Makerere University-Johns Hopkins University (MU-JHU) Core Lab at the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) has been named first runner up for the 2010 Medical Laboratory Observer (MLO) Laboratory of the Year.

Each year, MLO selects three laboratories for this award—one winner and two runners up. The Core Lab was also honored in 2008 as the second runner up. At that time, it was the first laboratory outside of the United States to receive such high recognition from the MLO, and it is the only international laboratory honored this year.

As one of only six African laboratories to receive accreditation from the College of American Pathologists, the Core Lab has a reputation for outstanding quality and service. As such, the lab provides services to nearly 60 different research studies, public and private hospitals, smaller clinics, and individuals. It is one of the busiest medical labs in Uganda, processing 16,000 tests each month, and it serves as a model of efficiency and quality.

As Uganda works to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic, IDI has focused vast resources on research and testing to tackle the disease. The Core Lab has been key in this pursuit, serving as a laboratory training site for clinical and laboratory staff, specifically focused on HIV testing, monitoring, and treatment. The lab has also hosted clinical research on the prevention of mother-to-child transmission, as well as research efforts to develop cost-effective and reliable testing methods for HIV.

Reacting to news of this latest honor for the Core Lab, Accordia Global Health Foundation president, Dr. Warner C. Greene, said, “This is an outstanding achievement for the MU-JHU Core Lab and for IDI. A laboratory of this caliber is an essential part of IDI’s work to improve HIV/AIDS services throughout Uganda and the rest of sub-Saharan Africa. Accordia commends the MU-JHU Core Lab and the Infectious Diseases Institute and looks forward to continuing to support the exceptional work happening there every day.”