Tanzania Regional Labs

Tanzania Regional Labs

Tanzania Regional Labs

Tanzania Regional Labs

 

Bringing Higher Standards and Standardization to Tanzania’s Regional Labs

After a 2002 public health laboratory assessment found most of Tanzania’s regional laboratories inefficiently designed and in poor condition and that they were impeding access to quality HIV/AIDS services, the Tanzania Ministry of Health requested that all regional laboratories be upgraded to provide standard clinical laboratory diagnostic testing, histological services and to accommodate laboratory services, functions and training not currently available. A partnership was developed between the Ministry, CDC-Tanzania, Abbott Fund Tanzania, the Association of Public Health Labs, and Design 4 Others to expedite the nationwide laboratory improvements.

We partnered with Abbott Fund to develop a prototype diagnostic laboratory that could be used as a model for new-build and laboratory renovations at Tanzania’s regional hospitals across the country. Schematic design was completed in 2008 and turned over to a local architect for construction. The first of these labs was completed in Amana in May 2009 and has made a major difference in the quality and quantity of care being provided across the hospital, which treats 800 to 1,600 outpatients daily. Patients at Amana, impressed with the quality treatment and speed of service are recommending to friends and neighbors that they be tested for HIV at the site.