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Abbott Fund and the Government of Tanzania Celebrate Milestone in Strengthening Nation's Health Care System
Date:7/28/2008

Partnership Will Modernize All Regional Hospital Laboratories to Improve

Access to Care Across the Country

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, July 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- At a ceremony today, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, United Republic of Tanzania, and Abbott Fund commemorated the latest step in a nationwide initiative to upgrade Tanzania's health care system, laying the cornerstone for the first of 23 hospital laboratories to be built or modernized across the country. The laboratory at Amana Regional Hospital is the first of four laboratories targeted in 2008, with the remaining laboratories scheduled for completion by 2010.

"We have ambitious treatment goals for the more than 2 million people living with HIV in Tanzania, as well as broader challenges in meeting the needs of people who require long-term monitoring and care for diseases like diabetes," said Hon. David Mwaykusa, Minister of Health and Social Welfare, United Republic of Tanzania. "Modern hospital laboratories are the building blocks for successful treatment, and we are grateful and excited to work with Abbott Fund on this project."

The Regional Laboratory Modernization Project is an innovative partnership between Abbott Fund and the Government of Tanzania that will construct a flexibly designed, standardized modern lab in 23 regional and district hospitals across Tanzania. These larger laboratories provide support for 77 district hospitals, improving health care for millions of people across the country.

"This laboratory improvement project is an important part of our continued partnership with the Government of Tanzania to make sustainable improvements to the health care system in Tanzania," said Catherine V. Babington, president, Abbott Fund. "We're improving the delivery of quality care for Tanzanians by upgrading testing services that are critical for the prevention and treatment of diabetes, heart disease, HIV/AIDS and many other c
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