‘‘SILAB for Africa’’: An innovative information system supporting the veterinary African laboratories

To support African veterinary laboratory services, the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell’Abruzzo e del Molise puts in place an operational system called ‘‘SILAB for Africa’’ (SILABFA); this is a web application used by a laboratory information management system to support laboratory diagnostic activities and to meet the needs of various African countries. SILABFA was designed to collect and manage all necessary information on samples, tests, and test results. The system involves the entry of sample data on arrival, the tracking of samples through the various sections of the laboratory, and the collection of test results. It automates the generation of test reports and monitors outbreaks through data interrogation functions and eliminates multiple registrations of the same data on paper records. SILABFA is currently installed in Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Cameroon, and installation in Senegal and Ivory Coast is planned for the next few months. After some years of SILABFA usage, it was natural to want to utilize more and more data collected in a homogeneous and consistent way for epidemiological purposes and to cover informative debts toward ministries and other organizations. To improve the availability of good, detailed, and reliable data, as the epidemiological information, SILABFA has been linked to the local animal identification, registration, and traceability system and other relevant national information systems.
Information management, e-Health, Economics
Colangli, P., et al. (2018). ‘‘SILAB for Africa’’: An innovative information system supporting the veterinary African laboratories. Telemedicine and e-Health, 1-9.