Assessment of Angola Laboratory Supply Chain System; January to February 2011
(2011; 58 pages)

Kagoma, C. and W. Goredema. 2011. Assessment of Angola Laboratory Supply Chain System; January to February 2011. Submitted to the U.S. Agency for International Development by the Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) Program. Arlington, VA: Management Sciences for Health.

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Laboratories play indispensable role in general patient care and disease surveillance activities. Weak management of laboratory commodities (equipment, reagents and other supplies) has been identified as a major gap in ensuring good quality and uninterrupted laboratory testing in many developing countries, including Angola. Poor management of laboratory commodities results in recurrent stockouts of testing reagents, frequent equipment breakdown, and at times, stoppage of laboratory testing services. In line with the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa (AFRO) Resolution, AFR/RC58/R2: strengthening public health laboratories in the WHO African Region: a critical need for disease control of which Angola is a subscriber, the laboratory system for Angola will be participating in the step-wise laboratory improvement initiative of WHO/AFRO through the Strengthening Laboratory Management Towards Accreditation (SLMTA) program. Good management of laboratory commodities that ensure uninterrupted laboratory testing services is one of the indicators in the SLMTA program.

The Angola laboratory supply chain system was assessed to identify gaps and inform the development of the National Laboratory Strategic Plan for Angola. The assessment was done according to the medicines and health commodity management cycle elements.


 
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