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Laboratory work at JCRCHighly specialized laboratories are present in all JCRC facilites across the country to support regular clinical care, research and advanced HIV management. These laboratories are able to perform most routine medical tests as well as advanced HIV management and research processes.

A bioharzard containment level 3 (P3 level) has been completed and now fully functional at JCRC headquarters in Lubowa. It is among the only two facilities in the country with the capability at this level so far. It is housed in the new 1,250 sq. ft. modern facility, which also houses reference laboratories for Clinical Chemistry, Tuberculosis, Hematology, Immunology and Flow cytometry, Molecular biology, Virology, and Microbiology.

All laboratories are  registered with external quality assurance schemes, and have consistently maintained internationally recognised standards of quality.

JCRC laboratories are currently in the middle of the college of american pathologis (CAP) certification process having completed the CAP accreditation readiness assessment, taking even higher the established standard of quality.

Maintaining the rigorous quality requirements, and keeping up a culture of continous learning makes JCRC the partner of choice to undertake Laboratory-based endeavors. At various levels within JCRC laboratories, scientists are thoroughly trained and highly experienced, including scientists at PhD level. The intellectual property of the laboratories is significant, with contributions to hundreds of publications, and influencing policy at the national level.

Members of the technical staff sit on various national advisory committees and sub-committees at the ministry of Health. JCRC Laboratory staff participated in the development of national; Laboratory Policy, Laboratory strategic Plan, Quality assurance management system, laboratory mentorship plan and the Strengthening Laboratory Management Towards Accreditation (SLMTA) Training and follow up of trainees.

In addition, JCRC staff participated in the review of Laboratory Technology Training Curricula for Certificate and Diploma courses. Working with the Central Public Health Laboratories (CPHL), JCRC through Targeted HIV/AIDS and Laboratories services (THALAS) project supported and effected performance improvement of the supported public health labs through the SLMTA approach up to Star 2 level.

As members of the Laboratory equipment and Infrastructure subcommittee of the Laboratory Technical and Advisory Committee of MOH – the JCRC team participated in the standardizing of laboratory equipment, supplies and infrastructural designs for public laboratories at gazetted health delivery levels.

JCRC laboratory staff also participated in developing registration guidelines now in use by the Allied Health Professionals’ Council (AHPC) in registering and monitoring health laboratories in the country.

The following is a listing of some of the specimen testing labs at the JCRC laboratories, tests performed, and equipment contained in each lab.

 

TB Laboratory

The JCRC TB laboratory is a Collaborative Tuberculosis facility operated jointly with the...

Repository

This represents 1,500 square feet area for storage of all JCRC samples. It includes...

Flow Cytometry, HIV testing, special testing lab

This lab runs the CD4/CD8/CD3/45 lymphocytes subsets using two BD FACSCaliburs....

Chemistry Lab

The main analyzer is a Roche COBAS Integra which is fully automated for performing...

CFAR Molecular Virology Lab / Resistance Lab

This well-established lab is supported by the Case Western Reserve University CFAR under...

Haematology

The analyzers in use are two Coulter-Beckman ACT5 Diffs and ACL 9000 for coagulation...

Microbiology

This handles approximately 6000 specimens/year.  Equipment includes a BACTEC 460 TB...

Virology

This lab runs the HIV-1 and HIV-2 RNA and DNA PCRs using the Cobas ampliprep/ Taqman...

Immunology

This laboratory is well equipped with two Class II biosafety cabinets, three centrifuges...

Research Labs

JCRC currently operates a state-of-the-art network of research and patient care...