Biosafety Levels II & III Laboratories

Our BSL II and III labs in Bagamoyo are well-equipped laboratories with basic and state-of the art equipment. The laboratories allow both conventional and state-of-the-art analyses. These laboratories were established to support laboratory based research including clinical trials and training services.

The labs are staffed with highly skilled and experienced technical and support personnel. Our laboratory personnel include a laboratory manager, a number laboratory scientists, certified medical technologists, certified medical laboratory technicians and registrars. We support research on various diseases including malaria, tuberculosis, non communicable diseases like diabetes and other bacterial infections and provide clinical diagnostic services in clinical chemistry, hematology, immunology, helminthology, mycobacteriology, bacteriology, molecular biology and serology.

The state-of-the art BSL II labs are equipped with microscopes, standard cold chain facilities (-20,-80 and liquid nitrogen tanks), hematology analysers (Two Sysmex XS 800i, Sysmex XT 200i), biochemistry analysers (Two Cobas Integra 400 Plus) and molecular biology machines, which include MassArray, conversional and real time PCR machines.

There is also a general bacteriology laboratory equipped with automated bacteria culture, the two Bactec 9050. Our dedicated Biosafety level II laboratory for TB research is equipped with  two MGIT 960, fluorescent microscope and GeneExpert. The immunology lab has the Fortesa LSR, FACScaliburs allowing both cell analysis and sorting, incubators, laminar flow hoods, ELISA readers and washer machine.

The lab has additional basic equipment, such water distiller system, centrifuges and autoclaves. Haematology, biochemistry and microbiology sections are enrolled into a proficiency testing scheme to allow generation of quality and accurate results.

The BSL III lab consists of the virology and microbiology sections which allow manipulation of highly infectious organisms of category 3 such as TB and emerging/remerging haemorrgic viruses like Ebola.

The BSL III lab is safe to for personnel to work and manipulate infectious samples; it is built with the negative air pressure to minimize spread of infectious material outside the room.

The dual door entry system enables maintenance of negative pressure inside the lab during entry or exit. The lab contains an internal built in autoclave system.

The BLS labs at IHI is currently being improved to enable capacity to support diagnosis and management of emerging and re-emerging diseases such as Ebola and Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers (VHF).

Key Contacts:

Maxmillan Mpina

Sara Mswata

Faraji Abilahi



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