Strengthening Diagnostics Capabilities in Africa

Address the lack of trained diagnostic workers by supporting a purpose-built training centre to increase much needed laboratory services.

Strengthening Diagnostics Capabilities in Africa

In 2012 Roche and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) formed a five-year partnership to strengthen training for diagnostics workers in Africa. The goal is to improve laboratory services, including certification courses for pathologists, molecular diagnostics and quality management. The partnership will include collaboration with the African Society for Laboratory Medicine, increasing the sustainability of the partnership.

To address the lack of trained diagnostic workers and laboratory capacity, Roche opened the Roche Scientific Campus in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2012. The training centre aims to provide:

  • hands-on, certified training courses for lab technologists and engineers
  • general lab management training for managers and policy makers
  • education on health and scientific topics for healthcare professionals and scientists

The facility boasts five self-contained laboratories with the latest technological tools in chemistry, haematology, molecular biology, tissue diagnostics and sequencing. Training is conducted by certified trainers and experts, in collaboration with local and international organisations.


  • Roche International

    Works & Construction, Development Consulting
    Canada | Staff size: 501-1000

    Drawing on the knowledge and professionalism of its 1,500 employees, Roche Ltd, Consulting Group is now a major Canadian engineering-construction firm that was founded in La Malbaie, Quebec, in...

  • U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)

    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    The U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is the U.S. Government initiative to help save the lives of those suffering from HIV/AIDS around the world. This historic commitment...

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Key Information

LocationEastern Africa, West Africa, Southern Africa, Central Africa
  • Start Date 2012
  • End Date 2017
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