6th Global Laboratory Initiative (GLI) Partners Meeting

Organized by the World Health Organization Global TB Programme

World Health Organization, Geneva

Executive Board Room, 30 April – 2 May 2014

The Global Laboratory Initiative (GLI) is a network of international partners dedicated to accelerating and expanding access to quality assured laboratory services in response to the diagnostic challenges of tuberculosis (TB), notably HIV-associated and drug-resistant TB. The GLI provides a focus for TB within the framework of a multi-faceted yet integrated approach to laboratory capacity strengthening. Scaling up laboratory services to meet the diagnostic challenges of drug-resistant and HIV-associated TB require a paradigm shift in laboratory policy development, setting laboratory norms and standards, guiding and coordinating technical assistance, and accelerating knowledge transfer.

In recognition of the critical constraints of TB diagnostics and laboratory services, unprecedented efforts in improving and expanding TB laboratory capacity are currently under-way, spearheaded by the WHO, GLI and a network of international partners. At the same time, the TB diagnostics pipeline is growing, new technologies are regularly assessed by WHO leading to rapid policy development and deployment, and innovative partnerships are being formed, mobilizing and optimizing resources while ensuring that laboratory quality standards, appropriate infrastructure, and adequate technical capacity are put in place.

Membership of the GLI has continued to grow and more than 100 international partners have joined forces to accelerate and expand access to quality assured TB diagnostic services within integrated laboratory systems. The GLI works closely with National TB Programmes, nongovernmental organizations, technical and financial agencies, scientific and academic institutions, and WHO offices at country and regional levels in strengthening TB laboratory services.

Consultation of the Supranational Reference Laboratory Network

The Supranational TB Reference Laboratory Network (SRLN) is a key technical resource of GLI, providing support to countries. The on-going scale up of laboratory services and the increased number of diagnostic options available present an urgent need for an expanded focus of SRLN activities. Addressing the issue of sustained and expanded technical support from SRLs to countries, rolling out of new TB diagnostics and satisfying the widening need of laboratory strengthening services required are therefore critical to ensure efficient translation of new policies into actions at country level.

Global Forum of Xpert MTB/RIF Implementers

Since WHO recommendation of the Xpert MTB/RIF assay inĀ  December 2010, 104 countries have adopted the technology. Over 2,000 GeneXpert instruments have been deployed globally and about 1 million Xpert MTB/RIF cartridges are procured each quarter. The annual Global Forum of Xpert MTB/RIF implementers gives the opportunity for countries and their technical partners and donors to come together to share lessons learned and challenges for scale-up, with a focus on evidence of impact and linking scaled-up diagnosis with scaled-up access to treatment.


The overall goal of the Partners meeting this year is to bring together leading global agencies, international technical and funding partners, representatives from research organizations, non-governmental agencies, country TB control programmes, patient communities and other key stakeholders working in partnership. The meeting will highlight achievements and experiences of GLI partners and countries integrating new TB diagnostics to complement existing tools in the creation of more effective networks providing optimal patient services.


The meeting will include representatives from international institutions and initiatives, academic institutions and associations, high-burden TB country health programmes, non-governmental organizations, research institutes from developed and developing countries, industry representatives and funding agencies.

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