More about the coordination of Global Health Microbiology:

The Microbiology member area of the Global Health Network is presently being coordinated by The Medical Microbiology Department of University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) and the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) based at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital (IALCH) Academic Complex located in Durban, South Africa. The area will be co-ordinated by an enthusiastic team headed by Professor KP Mlisana who is the Head of Department of Medical Microbiology at UKZN, supported by Dr Yogandree Ramsamy.

IALCH Laboratory provides routine microbiological investigations as well as specialized reference tests to this and other hospitals based within the province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). The mycology laboratory performs all mycology cultures with susceptibility testing and serves as a reference laboratory for KZN. The TB laboratory at IALCH Academic Complex provides TB culture and susceptibility testing for the province. Its molecular facility offers genotype testing for the rapid diagnosis of TB from smear-positive sputum samples as well as smear-negative culture-positive samples.

Another core function of the department is research and development of new initiatives that help define the future of diagnostic medicine, research and education in microbiology and infectious disease, infection control and prevention as well as improving microbiology diagnostics at government policy level. To date, the research focus of the department has been on rapid diagnostic tests for TB, MDR–TB, TB/HIV co-infections, antimicrobial resistance and multi-drug resistance organisms. A robust training programme for both undergraduate and post graduate students is ongoing in the unit. The department offers medical microbiology teaching for the MBChB and B Med Sc programmes, has enrolled a number of masters and PhD students and also trains registrars specializing in microbiology.

The department has built strong collaborations with Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH) and Enhancing Care Initiative (ECI) research units at UKZN, as well as with other international entities like Emory University.

The Department of Medical Microbiology at University of KwaZulu-Natal / NHLS Medical Microbiology KwaZulu-Natal Academic Complex is committed to academic excellence and impeccable service delivery to the public it serves. In addition we are passionate about empowering individuals through teaching and mentoring. It is our aim to collaborate with researchers from other parts of the world and establish global relations with those in the field of Medical Microbiology. In addition, to share information to those laboratories around the world in need of laboratory support especially those in Africa and other underprivileged countries. We hope to provide quality input and add value to the Global Health Network website which will benefit all.