Lessons from the Field

External quality assurance for HIV point-of-care testing in Africa: A collaborative country-partner approach to strengthen diagnostic services

Debrah I. Boeras, Rosanna W. Peeling
African Journal of Laboratory Medicine | Vol 5, No 2 | a556 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ajlm.v5i2.556 | © 2016 Debrah I. Boeras, Rosanna W. Peeling | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 31 August 2016 | Published: 17 October 2016

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Debrah I. Boeras, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom
Rosanna W. Peeling, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom


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Abstract

It is important to consider the role of diagnostics and the critical need for quality diagnostics services in resource-limited settings. Accurate diagnostic tests play a key role in patient management and the prevention and control of most infectious diseases. As countries plan for implementation of HIV early infant diagnosis and viral load point-of-care testing, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has worked with countries and partners with an interest in external quality assurance to support quality point-of-care testing on the continent. Through a series of collaborative consultations and workshops, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has gathered lessons learned, tools, and resources and developed quality assurance models that will support point-of-care testing. The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is committed to the continued advancement of laboratory diagnostics in Africa and quality laboratory services and point-of-care testing.

Keywords

quality assurance; point of care testing; in vitro diagnostics

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