100% attendance during the UMLTA Annual Conference

The 35th UMLTA annual Scientific Conference that was organized under the theme "Laboratory Systems Strengthening for a Resilient Health System" attracted over 420 participants from all over East Africa. The conference was organized in conjunction with the Federation for East Africa Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (FEAMLS), Central Public Health Laboratories (CPHL)/Uganda National Health Laboratory Services (UNHLS) and Allied Health Professionals’ Council (AHPC). The conference took place in Arua District at Desert Breeze Hotel from the 1st to 3rd November, 2017.

The colorful function was graced by the Senior Laboratory Advisor (outgoing ED) of Uganda National Health Laboratory Services Mr. Steven Aisu as the guest of Honor and other senior Laboratory professionals.

The key proceedings from the conference included presentations from the UMLTA NEC members, Research findings done by some of the Professionals in their day to day laboratory practices and the UMLTA Annual General Meeting (AGM) for its members where over 100 members attended and a new Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) Board and a Council member were nominated. The names are to be sent to the Minister for Health for final approval and selection.

CPD phase 3 successfully done

Professional practice in the health sector requires consistent and ongoing commitment from all concerned with lifelong learning in order to update and develop the knowledge, skills and ethical attitudes that underpin competent practice. This perspective protects the public interest and promotes the health of all members of the Ugandan society.

It is upon the above background that UMLTA was mandated by the Allied health professional’s council (AHPC) to conduct Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for all laboratory professionals in the country. Thus UMLTA with funding from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in collaboration with Uganda National Health Laboratory Services/Central Public Health Laboratory (UNHLS/CPHL) and African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) organized a four days Continuous Professional Development (CPD) training ( phase 3) for professionals within the Country.

CPD is a technical assistance programme to support the professionals in refresher courses especially on selected topics and in this roll out the focus was put on Hepatitis Diagnosis, Customer care services and Ethics and Professionalism which took place between 28th Nov to 1st Dec, 2017 in Mbarara, Soroti and Masaka regions. The training was attended by over 300 participants from seven districts representing the regions. The districts covered included; Mitooma, Bushenyi, Sheema, Mbarara, Kabale , Ntungamo and Rukungiri, Rakai, Lwengo, Kalungu,Bukomansimbi,Masaka, Lyantonde, Sembabule, Kumi, Bukedea, Soroti, Serere, Kaberamaido,Ngora, Katakwi and Amuria

Trainees who successfully completed the training and satisfied the requirements were awarded a certificate of participation and a copy of the Allied Health Professionals' Council (AHPC) CPD diary indicating CPD hours attained. In most of the Districts, the DHOs were in attendance or sent a representative and they performed this ceremony of awarding the certificates on the closing day.

At the end of the training, new members were registered and given membership cards after filling in the membership forms provided. More than 90% of the trainees in all the regions covered expressed interest and were enrolled into the association.

In each district, a UMLTA district committee was elected by the trainees to help in operations of UMLTA activities at District level. The committee comprised of the District Laboratory Focal Person (DLFP) as the chairperson, in addition to the Publicity and general Secretary. This will help strengthen the UMLTA structures and visibility at the district level.

Sensitisation for Lab training institutions

UMLTA also recognizes student members and has often reached out to Laboratory training institutions especially in line with career growth and development given that the students are the future generation of the Laboratory sector who will move the association to greater heights.

In line with the above background, the association organized a career development program to enlighten students on how to advance their career path in laboratory medicine and other disciplines at all levels.

On the 24th and 25th of October 2017, UMLTA reached out to different Laboratory training Institutions offering courses in Laboratory Medicine ranging from Certificate, Diploma, Degree level and above .

These included: Makerere University College of Veterinary Medicine , Animal Resources and Biosecurity, International Health Sciences University (IHSU), Kibuli School of Medical Laboratory Training, St. Francis School of Health Sciences, Mukono, Chemquip Institute of Health Sciences Wakiso, Kiwoko School of health training school, Jinja Medical Laboratory Training School, Kampala Paramedix training School, Lubaga School of Medical Laboratory Assistants, St. Francis Hospital Nsambya Training School, Mbarara University of Science and Technology-Mulago branch, Mengo Hospital Medical Laboratory Training School and Uganda Institute of Allied Health and Management Sciences (UAHIMS) and over 650 students were reached.