THE HUMAN VIROLOGY LABORATORY
In the year 2000, the Ford Foundation gave a grant to the Institute for the establishment of a National Reference Laboratory with capacities for basic, applied and operational research on HIV/AIDS in the country. Prior to this, there was no laboratory with such capacities in Nigeria. With the grant from the Ford Foundation, two new large laboratory blocks were built and fully equipped with fourth generation research equipment for HIV/AIDS research. The laboratory which was named the Human Virology Laboratory (HVL) was formally commissioned on the 20th of July, 2001. Another one storey building laboratory extension was commissioned on the 1st July, 2013 by the Honourable Minister of State for Health.
The Laboratory currently has adequate capacities for basic, applied and operational research for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B and C as well as Human Papilloma Virus. As a research laboratory, we welcome collaboration with interested researchers. The laboratory has also been adjudged to conform to the requirement of NIS ISO 9001:2008, making it the first diagnostic laboratory to be so certified in Nigeria. Also, the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) officially recognized HVL as one of the two laboratories in Africa that achieved FOUR STAR recognition level in the WHO AFRO Stepwise Laboratory Quality Improvement Process Towards Accreditation (SLIPTA) external assessment conducted in September, 2013. HVL provides diagnostic services for assays not commonly available to the community and these are listed in the Price List.
A TOUR OF THE HUMAN VIROLOGY LABORATORY