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dc.contributor.authorWorld Health Organization. Regional Office for Africa
dc.coverage.spatialBrazzavilleEN
dc.date.accessioned2015-01-15T11:47:52Z
dc.date.available2015-01-15T11:47:52Z
dc.date.issued2014
dc.identifier.urihttp://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/148351
dc.descriptionvii, 32 p.EN
dc.description.abstractHealth laboratory services are a critical component of strong national health systems, yet they are often neglected in resource-limited countries. Laboratories play a central role in individual patient diagnosis and care, in disease surveillance and control, and in provision of accurate health data for national planning and resource mobilisation. In spite of this, many millions of people, particularly those in rural and under-served areas on the African continent, still do not have access to basic reliable diagnostic laboratory services. Establishment of a comprehensive National Health Laboratory System provides the framework for coordinated development and delivery of accessible, quality laboratory services countrywide. This ‘’Guidance for Establishing a National Health Laboratory System‘’ provides technical guidance for the steps required to develop a National Laboratory Policy and National Laboratory Strategic Plan, and effectively implement all the key elements of a comprehensive National Health Laboratory System. These include the organisational and management structure, the regulatory framework, a laboratory human resources plan, laboratory infrastructure, care and maintenance of equipment, provision of laboratory supplies, a functional information management system, laboratory quality and biorisk management systems and overall resource and financial management. The document also proposes a structure for better coordination of activities among health programmes, institutions and partners at all levels of the health system. The document provides examples of resource materials from various countries and suggestions for further reading to support implementation of the recommendations.
dc.language.isoenEN
dc.publisherWorld Health Organization. Regional Office for AfricaEN
dc.subject.meshClinical Laboratory ServicesEN
dc.subject.meshClinical Laboratory Information SystemsEN
dc.subject.meshNational Health ProgramsEN
dc.subject.meshLaboratoriesEN
dc.subject.meshGuideline
dc.titleGuidance for Establishing a National Health Laboratory SystemEN
dc.typeTechnical documentsEN
dc.subject.meshqualifierorganization and administrationEN
dc.subject.meshqualifiereconomicsEN
dc.subject.meshqualifierstandardsEN


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