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global health APHL’s Global Health Team: Working Together to Build Stronger, More Resilient Lab Systems by Lucy Maryogo-Robinson, director, Global Health APHL has worked in the global health arena for over 20 years. Its Global Health Program now encompasses activities in 21 countries under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA). And while the association’s footprint has expanded to include seven international offices with over 35 full-time field representatives, its strategy for laboratory improvement remains constant: we focus on strengthening the laboratory system. To promote a “One APHL” approach across all international offices during this period of growth, APHL convened a meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, in December to bring together headquarters staff and field representatives for a week of training, strategic planning, networking and continuous process improvement. Participants in the 2017 APHL International Team Meeting pose for a group photo. At the meeting, the third of its kind, participants discussed strategies for implementing HIV viral load testing under PEPFAR and strengthening diagnostic capabilities to support GHSA’s Prevent, Detect and Respond priorities. They also reviewed administrative and operational processes and participated in a fraud prevention training delivered by a South African consulting firm. As 2018 begins, the future of APHL’s Global Health Program remains bright with vital public health work underway, and a talented, dedicated team of staff and field representatives supporting its efforts. n Operations and Program Support workgroup discusses the efficiency of APHL processes. DIGITAL EXTRA: Listen to Scott Becker’s interview with the APHL International team on the Lab Culture Podcast. APHL field staff members share ideas at the International Team Meeting. (from l to r:) Rufus Nyaga (Kenya), Fatima Khan (Zimbabwe), Clement Phiri (Zambia). 20 LAB MATTERS Winter 2018 PublicHealthLabs @APHL