Dr. Trevor Peter was appointed as Board Chairman for the African Society for Laboratory Medicine in 2012. He is a leading proponent of the ASLM2020 Vision of “Improved Healthcare in Africa through Strengthened Laboratory Services”.
Dr. Peter has worked to advance the ASLM2020 Vision goals of a strengthened laboratory workforce to address essential human resource gaps, more widespread accreditation of laboratories to ensure reliable testing, strengthening and harmonisation of diagnostics regulatory systems to ensure quality products in the marketplace, and building an African network of public health laboratories for improved surveillance and south-south collaboration. He believes in stronger partnerships and coordinated action between stakeholders in laboratory strengthening to achieve major global health, such as expanded antiretroviral treatment targets, an AIDS-free generation, TB control and reductions in malaria transmission. He works to build local capacity and ownership to ensure long-term sustainability, and is a leading advocate for improved laboratory services based on best practice and innovation as a means to strengthen evidence-based medicine and improve healthcare outcomes.
Dr. Peter has spent over 20 years in research and global health and has a long history of working to improve healthcare in Africa and elsewhere. He worked initially in Zimbabwe from 1991-1999 on a regional research programme studying the epidemiology of infectious disease. In 2000, he joined the Harvard School of Public Health and became laboratory director of the Botswana-Harvard School of Public Health Partnership HIV Reference Laboratory. In this position he was responsible for building the laboratory’s capacity for essential HIV monitoring tests to meet the needs of Botswana’s pioneering large-scale antiretroviral treatment programme. In 2005, Dr. Peter joined the Clinton Foundation as a Lead Scientific Advisor and now is the Senior Director, Diagnostics Services at the Clinton Health Access Initiative. Dr. Peter has spent 10 years advising public health programmes on laboratory strengthening and scale-up across 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean. He has co-authored over 60 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Peter was a founding member of the ASLM Board since its inception in 2011 and was Chair of the inaugural ASLM2012 international conference held in Cape Town in December 2012. He holds a PhD from the University of Florida and a Master in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.