Laboratory tests—such as CD4 counts, complete blood counts and renal and liver functioning—are a critical component of quality clinical HIV services. Laboratory services are also essential for diagnosis and management of opportunistic infections (such as tuberculosis), screening for HIV infection and disease surveillance. Since 2010, the USAID/SUSTAIN project has continued to implement laboratory systems strengthening activities at various public healthcare facilities in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. Areas of this support include: laboratory infrastructure improvement through renovations, laboratory skills strengthening, External Quality Assurance and quality improvement initiatives, supporting improvement efforts towards external accreditation, support for regional medical equipment maintenance workshops and support for the national laboratory sample and result transport network (hub) operations.
USAID/SUSTAIN supports routine technical, operational and coordination support to 18 hubs that serve 470 lower healthcare facilities in the respective catchment areas. The scope of laboratory test support includes DNA-PCR for early infant diagnosis, diagnosis of multi-drug-resistant TB, histopathology examination and disease outbreak investigations.
Learn more in our Laboratory Services technical brief!