Quality Laboratory Result, Influences Clinical Outcomes: The 18th Annual Conference of Ethiopian Medical Laboratory Association (EMLA)


General Assembly Meeting on June 8 – 9th 2013

The General Assembly held its 18th annual conference since its establishment in 1964. This conference was attended by representatives from several institutions including the federal democratic republic ministry of health of Ethiopia, EHNRI, FMHACA, ENAO and partner organizations.

Manufacturers and distributors of In-Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices had also attended as well as those representatives from sister associations, regional health bureaus, and academic institutions. The annual conference took place at Ghion Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

This year’s conference approved several important items of business and future directions of the association. These include the launch of new project with EMA- CDC-EMLA: GH12-1217 Strengthening Human Resources for Health through increased Capacity Ethiopian Medical Laboratory Association, among all other activity and audit reports during the event.

The scientific program had covered a wide range of topics (25 research works) pertaining to Haematology, Medical Microbiology, Virology, Immunology, Public Health Epidemiology, Clinical Chemistry or Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Health Laboratory Management and Quality Assurance.

Following, there were sessions of panel discussion on four selected thematic areas:

    • Scope of Practice for Medical Laboratory professionals practicing in Ethiopia
    • Medical Laboratory Accreditation Practices in Ethiopia: Emerging Opportunities, Challenges and Prospects
    • Continuing Professional Development and the Future Professional Licensing and
    • Human Resource for Health Project of Ethiopia.

The second day of the conference was started with a state of the art lecture of Continuing Medical Education on a selected topic of “Quality Laboratory Result, Influences Clinical Outcomes.”

The general assembly elected Mr Asaye Birhanu as President and Mr Eyob Abera as Vice President with other Executive Board members to serve EMLA for the next years. The general assembly also endorsed the establishment, opening and appointment of the Executive Director to lead the office.

All in all, it was a busy and productive year for the Association.

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