Détails ressource biomédicale locale

Détails ressource biomédicale locale
Numéro 348
Titre The first public laboratory in Botswana to receive international receive international accreditation by SANAS
Rubrique Politiques de santé locales - documents officiels
Résumé An outbreak of infant diarrhea in Botswana in 2006 drew attention to deficiencies in clinical microbiology services in the country. It also led BOTUSA (a partnership of the Government of Botswana & the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention [CDC]) to ask CDC for help in improving the services of the National Health Laboratory (NHL) & the national lab network.1 With the increased burden on the country due to HIV/AIDS the need for laboratories with qualified personnel, standard procedures & functioning equipment became paramount. A few years later, WHO stated that efficient & reliable laboratory services & networks were essential & fundamental components of effective, well functioning health systems; however, few developing countries had quality standards which were affordable & easy to implement & monitor.2 WHO went on to say it was clear that high‐quality laboratory testing was critical for patient care, prevention, disease surveillance & outbreak investigations. CDC & WHO issued a statement in 2008 regarding laboratory quality systems, calling for countries with limited resources to consider a staged approach toward laboratory accreditation. It was suggested that national laboratory standards establish minimum requirements for all laboratories. National reference laboratories were encouraged to meet international standards. In 2009, CDC collaborated with WHO and other partners to launch a five‐step laboratory accreditation process in the presence of government health officials from 13 African countries. The process was named WHO‐AFRO Laboratory Accreditation System.
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