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Navigating laboratory services quality in challenging environments: A perspective for implementation in small, low-income countries and post-conflict settings

Edward M. Kamau
African Journal of Laboratory Medicine | Vol 2, No 1 | a48 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ajlm.v2i1.48 | © 2013 Edward M. Kamau | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 April 2012 | Published: 27 August 2013

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Edward M. Kamau, Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, World Health Organization, Switzerland

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The need to establish and maintain good laboratory practices is recognised universally. However, due to differences in resources available for health services in different countries, allocation of financial and human resources in poor countries is severely constrained. The constraints faced by poor countries call for innovative approaches that would guarantee the minimum acceptable quality while striving to meet the highest standards. In resource-limited setting, it may be justifiable to develop and use ‘fit for purpose’ quality standards based on internationally-recognised laboratory quality management frameworks or protocols.


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