Why Join Labnet?

Despite strong commitment from the international community to fight major infectious diseases, weak laboratory infrastructure remains a huge limiting step. Some major challenges facing laboratory systems in resource-poor settings include dilapidated infrastructure; lack of human capacity; poor laboratory policies; lack of strategic plans; and limited synergies between clinical and research laboratories. Together, these factors compromise the quality of test results and impact patient management.

Who Can Join Labnet?

Any AKMLSO member who owns and operates their own private laboratory can seek a licensee to become a Labnet participant. While Labnet is looking to achieve its goals through collaboration it is not mandatory that participants have to meet all the goals at the time of joining. A Laboratory that has already made significant investment in its equipment can still be considered for membership, but will need to commit to progressively move towards full participation and compliance with all Labnet standards and rules.

Membership Application Process

A member shall submit an application form to their AKMLSO branch or AKMLSO national office which will then be reviewed by a technical team. The review team will acknowledge the application within two weeks of receiving it. A team from the respective AKMLSO branch office will visit the Laboratory of the applicant and conduct the pre-entry assessment. The completed assessment form will be submitted to Labnet office and entered into a database. If the applicant meets the joining criteria, Labnet directly or through the branch office will send the applicant a copy of the MOU for signing.

  • Step 1: Sign an MOU with Labnet Kenya
  • Step 2: Fill a laboratory assessment check list
  • Step 3: Send your profile and contacts to LABNET contact person Rachel Gikanga
  • Step 4: Pay the membership fee.

Conclusion

Looking beyond the primary benefits of this Independent Laboratory Network, it’s possible to see benefits that can be achieved at the next level of capability. An integrated laboratory model brings structures that can springboard the laboratories to additional benefits. These benefits are where pathology services and the general healthcare system intersect. If incentives were aligned correctly, pathology could collaborate with various elements of the healthcare system in ways that are currently only at the periphery of traditional pathology practice.