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Title: Asia pacific strategy for strengthening health laboratory services, 2010-2015
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia
Place of publication: New Delhi
Language: English
Abstract: The Asia Pacific Strategy for Strengthening Health Laboratory Services (2010-2015) presents a brief overview of the major challenges in assuring reliable laboratory services and offers a health systems perspective in dealing with them. Efficient and reliable health laboratory services are an essential and fundamental component of any strong and effective health system and its goal to improve health. Reliable and timely results from laboratory investigations are crucial in decision-making in almost all aspects of health services. The objective of this strategy is to assist Member States in providing comprehensive laboratory services to contribute to improve health outcomes in the Asia Pacific Region and suggests an approach that national authorities can adapt to their country or regional contexts and integrate with their existing national health policies, strategies and resources. The key elements in the strategy are to strenghten laboratories by - establishment of a sustainable and coherent national framework - appropriate and sustainable financing mechanisms - building capacity - assuring quality - promoting rational use - improving safety - supporting research and ethics The document provides some practical examples and references throughout the text and annex, and outlines broadly how WHO can assist Member States in each of the strategic elements. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia/WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific
ISBN: 9789290614296
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