• Journal Article

Sustainable clinical laboratory capacity for health in Africa

Citation

Davies, J., Abimiku, A., Alobo, M., Nugent, R., Schneidman, M., Sikhondze, W., & Onyebujoh, P. (2017). Sustainable clinical laboratory capacity for health in Africa. The Lancet Global Health. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(17)30024-4

Abstract

The 2008 Maputo Declaration on Strengthening of Laboratory Systems and the subsequent 2012 African Society for Laboratory Medicine Ministerial Call for Action1 drew attention to the importance of laboratory services. Most recently, laboratories have gained prominence in the accurate detection of infectious diseases—including emerging public health threats—and monitoring of antimicrobial drug resistance, especially within the context of the Global Health Security Agenda. Equally important, but relatively marginalised, is the role of laboratories in dealing with all diseases, in ensuring quality clinical care towards universal health coverage (UHC), and meeting the targets of Sustainable Development Goal 3.