Uganda National Health Laboratory Services Strategic Plan (2010-2015)
(2010; 81 pages)


The National Health Laboratory Strategic Plan (NHLSP) provides a national framework to guide investments in laboratory services by the Government of Uganda and Health Development partners. It aims to strengthen coordination, implementation and management of the services and ensure that they are transparent and responsive to the country’s health needs.

Developed by the National Health Laboratories Technical and advisory Committee, the plan went through a highly consultative process involving several key stakeholders. A current situational analysis of laboratory services in the country was conducted and reference made to findings of the National Laboratory assessment survey of 2004 as well as to national, regional and global policy guidelines.

The plan recognizes that an effective and efficient laboratory system is critical for implementation of the Uganda National Minimum Health Care package (UNMHCP) and hence to the improvement of the quality of life of the people of Uganda. It contextualises laboratory services as a source of data for early diagnosis, prevention and control of disease and as such a cornerstone to an effective health response in the country. It also acknowledges that currently, support to laboratories is not adequate to enable them fulfil their roles. A critical appraisal of the current situation of laboratory services in the country including type and level of service, availability and accessibility, human resource, gaps and challenges is summarized.

Taking advantage of strategies undertaken by the Ministry of Health and Development Partners to strengthen the services, the plan gives direction in 13 thematic areas namely: Organization and management laboratory services, Delivery of the services, Laboratory facilities (physical structures) and safety, Laboratory equipment and supplies, Human resources for laboratories, Laboratory quality management systems, Laboratory Information management systems, Research and development, Community involvement in ensuring better laboratory services, Partnerships for improved laboratory services, Regulatory and legal framework, Monitoring and evaluation of implementation of the policy and Financing and accountability for laboratory services. Various strategies and activities to improve and strengthen laboratory services, the key resources and responsible persons are described. As a first step for developing its monitoring and evaluation framework, the plan outlines the targets, timelines as well as key outcome indicators. The plan also outlines a budget based on activities in each of the 13 thematic areas. It shall therefore be used for formulation of realistic annual work plans by the different implementers in the sector.

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