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Building diagnostic systems in Sierra Leone: The role of point-of-care devices in laboratory strengthening

Rashid Ansumana, Fatmata Bah, Kan Biao, Doris Harding, Mohamed B. Jalloh, Ann H. Kelly, Francess Koker, Zikan Koroma, Mambu Momoh, Mohamed H. Rogers, James Rogers, Alice Street, Eva Vernooij, Isatta Wurie
African Journal of Laboratory Medicine | Vol 9, No 2 | a1029 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ajlm.v9i2.1029 | © 2020 Rashid Ansumana, Fatmata Bah, Kan Biao, Doris Harding, Mohamed B. Jalloh, Ann H. Kelly, Francess Koker, Zikan Koroma, Mambu Momoh, Mohamed H. Rogers, James Rogers, Alice Street, Eva Vernooij, Isatta Wurie | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 April 2019 | Published: 01 April 2020

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Rashid Ansumana, School of Community Health Sciences, Njala University, Bo, Sierra Leone
Fatmata Bah, Kings Sierra Leone Partnership, King’s Centre for Global Health and Health Partnerships, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Kan Biao, Sierra Leone-China Friendship Biological Safety Laboratory, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing, China; and, National Institute for Communicable Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing, China
Doris Harding, Public Health Laboratories, Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Mohamed B. Jalloh, Department of Community Health, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, University of Sierra Leone, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Ann H. Kelly, Global Health and Social Medicine, Kings College London, London, United Kingdom
Francess Koker, Kings Sierra Leone Partnership, King’s Centre for Global Health and Health Partnerships, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Zikan Koroma, Sierra Leone-China Friendship Biological Safety Laboratory, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing, China; and, Clinical Laboratories and National Coordinator BioBanking and Biosecurity, Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Mambu Momoh, Kenema Government Hospital, Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Consortium, Kenema, Sierra Leone; and, School of Nursing and Medical Laboratory Sciences, Eastern Polytechnic, Kenema, Sierra Leone
Mohamed H. Rogers, College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, University of Sierra Leone, Freetown, Sierra Leone
James Rogers, Laboratory Technical Working Group, Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Alice Street, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Eva Vernooij, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Isatta Wurie, College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, University of Sierra Leone, Freetown, Sierra Leone


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Point of care testing; diagnostics; Sierra Leone; health systems strengthening; laboratory strengthening

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