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Combatting Global Infectious Diseases: A Network Effect of Specimen Referral Systems

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Peter N. Fonjungo George A. Alemnji Yenew Kebede Alex Opio Christina Mwangi Thomas J. Spira R. Suzanne Beard John N. Nkengasong

The recent Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa clearly demonstrated the critical role of laboratory systems and networks in responding to epidemics. Because of the huge challenges in establishing functional laboratories at all tiers of health systems in developing countries, strengthening specimen referral networks is critical. In this review article, we propose a platform strategy for developing specimen referral networks based on 2 models: centralized and decentralized laboratory specimen referral networks.

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Progress in Harmonizing Tiered HIV Laboratory Systems: Challenges and Opportunities in 8 African Countries

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Jason Williamsa, Farouk Umaru, Dianna Edgil, Joel Kuritsky

In 2014, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS released its 90-90-90 targets, which make laboratory diagnostics a cornerstone for measuring efforts toward the epidemic control of HIV. A data-driven laboratory harmonization and standardization approach is one way to create efficiencies and ensure optimal laboratory procurements.

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