East Africa Public Health Laboratory Network Project (EAPHLNP)” is a regional World Bank funded East Africa Public Health Laboratory Networking Project designed to strengthen laboratories in the region by addressing the aforementioned issues. This is a five-year project being implemented in five countries, namely Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi and Uganda in collaboration with the East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA-HC) Secretariat (ECSA-HC), East African Community (EAC) , World Health Organization (WHO), US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC) and the Microsoft Corporation (USA). Rwanda under EAPHLNP agreed to take a regional lead in expanding use of ICT and promoting PBF approaches for laboratory services, building on its well-recognized successes in these areas. Cross cutting ICT innovations will be promoted to improve the quality of laboratory and surveillance data; facilitate the sharing of information; and promote e-learning and web-based knowledge sharing across countries.
The EAPHLNP intends to use Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) innovations (e.g. electronic messaging (Forums, live chats, Mobile based application), health alerts, web-based knowledge sharing). E-learning also will serve the same purpose. These innovations are meant to improve quality of laboratory and surveillance of data, facilitate the sharing of information and knowledge across four countries in order: - To streamline the business processes in the laboratory. -To develop an accessible, user friendly web environment to support e-learning (Electronic distribution of courseware) that is used as a training tool. The tool is for the delivery of the courses in the following areas:
- Lab accreditation,
- Entry level and advanced Information Technology,
- disease surveillance and Operations research