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External Quality Assessment Programme for Early Infant Diagnosis of HIV-1, Mozambique, 2011–2014

Nalia Ismael, Orvalho Augusto, Adolfo Vubil, Sofia O. Viegas, Fernanda Miambo, Patrina Chongo, Nédio Mabunda
African Journal of Laboratory Medicine | Vol 7, No 1 | a664 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ajlm.v7i1.664 | © 2018 Nalia Ismael | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 01 August 2017 | Published: 11 October 2018

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Nalia Ismael, Instituto Nacional de Saúde, Maputo, Mozambique, Mozambique
Orvalho Augusto, Faculty of Medicine, Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, Mozambique
Adolfo Vubil, Instituto Nacional de Saúde, Maputo, Mozambique
Sofia O. Viegas, Instituto Nacional de Saúde, Maputo, Mozambique
Fernanda Miambo, Instituto Nacional de Saúde, Maputo, Mozambique; and, Instituto Superior de Ciência e tecnologia de Moçambiq, Maputo, Mozambique
Patrina Chongo, Instituto Nacional de Saúde, Maputo, Mozambique
Nédio Mabunda, Instituto Nacional de Saúde, Maputo, Mozambique


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Abstract

This study evaluated a National External Quality Scheme Program for early infant diagnosis of HIV. Fourteen laboratory technicians participated and nine testing panel cycles were sent between 2011 and 2014. The response rate was 100% for the first eight panels, and the number of technicians with a test score of 100% increased during the first three panels. Based on the evaluations of the technicians, the quality of testing for early infant diagnosis of HIV improved over time in the laboratories.

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Early Infant Diagnosis, External Quality Assessment, Proficiency testing

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