Global Health System Solutions (GHSS) is carrying out maintenance and reconfiguration of the Basic Laboratory Information System (BLIS) at some reference laboratories and HIV Point of Care (POC) testing sites in Cameroon. BLIS is an open-source Laboratory Information System that provides a robust, customizable, and easy-to-use system that tracks laboratory specimens, results, workflow, reports, and consumables using computer hardware and software. It addresses the specific needs of the laboratory. BLIS was introduced in 2012 with over 196 laboratory technicians, medical doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals trained in using the tool. So far, it has been installed in over 14 medical laboratories in Cameroon.
The current GHSSS BLIS maintenance and reconfiguration activity started on August 25, 2022, and will end on September 27, 2022. According to the Coordinator of BLIS at GHSS, Achanyi Alemnji Ngufor, the BLIS activities are necessary to avoid service interruption. Target sites for this activity include the Buea Regional Hospital Laboratory, Limbe Regional Hospital Laboratory, Maroua Regional Hospital Laboratory, Ebolowa Regional Hospital Laboratory, Bertuoa Regional Hospital Laboratory, Saint Padre Pio-Douala, and CMA Bapanda. The GHSS BLIS team is also providing refresher training to the staff of these laboratories on using BLIS.
BLIS has been instrumental in reducing patients’ turnaround time, improving quality of service, ensuring data archiving, and curbing various malpractices within laboratories in Cameroon. The implementation of BLIS activities in Cameroon is being carried out with funds from The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).