Access to laboratory testing at primary health facilities in Malawi, Uganda and Zimbabwe

Abstract

The key points of this briefing are as follows: Decentralisation of HIV treatment to primary health facilities is essential to increase coverage of antiretroviral therapy (ART); There is limited access to laboratory tests at primary health facilities in Malawi, Uganda and Zimbabwe; Simple, cheap point-of-care tests need to be developed to improve access to tests for monitoring before ART as well as diagnosis of illnesses; and lack of laboratory tests for monitoring treatment response should not be a barrier to initiating ART.

Citation

Anon. Access to laboratory testing at primary health facilities in Malawi, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Lablite briefing paper (2014) (1) 3 pp.

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