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Initiatives in laboratory medicine in developing countries and the role of RCPath

Bates, Imelda ORCID: (2010) 'Initiatives in laboratory medicine in developing countries and the role of RCPath'. The Journal of Pathology (Supplement), Vol 222, Issue S1, S13.

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The increasing burden of infectious diseases such as HIV, malaria and TB coupled with changing standards and regulatory requirements mean that many laboratory services in the world’s poorest countries are struggling to provide even a basic service. Chronic neglect has led to crippling staff shortages, inadequate funding, poor quality reagents and unreliable equipment. This situation is changing as international policy makers and funding agencies begin to recognise the critical role that laboratory services play in underpinning all aspects of healthcare. Many laboratory clinicians and scientists from the UK have experience of working and living in developing countries and have contributed to supporting their laboratory services. These efforts have generally not been widely disseminated, and there is no mechanism for learning lessons, for synergising or for avoiding duplication. Several recent government strategies urge UK institutions to increase their inputs to healthcare in poorer countries and there are several laboratory medicine initiatives (viz: the session on Pathology in the Developing World) that are putting this into practice.
The RCPath is committed to playing a pivotal role in coordinating and expanding role of UK expertise in developing laboratory medicine in lowincome

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Abstract presented at the 198th Scientific Meeting of the Pathological Society of Great Britain & Ireland, Summer meeting programme 2010 29 June - 1 July
Subjects: QZ Pathology > QZ 4 General works
WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 395 Health in developing countries
WX Hospitals and Other Health Facilities > Clinical Departments and Units > WX 207 Clinical and pathological laboratories
Faculty: Department: Groups (2002 - 2012) > International Health Group
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Depositing User: Rachel Dominguez
Date Deposited: 31 May 2013 10:00
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2019 08:22


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