African Journal of Laboratory Medicine
The laboratory is an essential part of the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and control of tuberculosis (TB). Today, innovative and increasing laboratory service-delivery developments do exist amongst local TB laboratory programmes and partners in Africa. However, it is necessary to establish appropriate lines of communication amongst these local laboratories, clinicians and TB control officials to expedite reporting, which can avoid delayed or inappropriate treatment and missed opportunities to prevent transmission within the regions.
The primary goal of this AJLM issue is to exchange information on the latest fundamental advances in local laboratory service-delivery networks working with TB diagnostics (improved case detection) and TB diagnosis (linkage to treatment).
Below we highlight two articles contributed by FIND:
- Implementation of quality management systems and progress towards accreditation of National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratories in Africa, Heidi Albert, Jean de Dieu Iragena, Kekeletso Kao, Donatelle Erni, Teferi Mekonen, Philip C. Onyebujoh
- Developing a customised approach for strengthening tuberculosis laboratory quality management systems toward accreditation, Heidi Albert, Andre Trollip, Donatelle Erni, Kekeletso Kao
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