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

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Resource-limited health care systems, including a lack of modern hospital laboratories, continue to be a key barrier to providing quality care for hospital patients across Tanzania. A 2002 public health assessment conducted by the Ministry of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that the limited capacity of laboratories in Tanzania was one of the weakest links in the provision of quality HIV/AIDS services.

Ground was broken in mid-July to begin construction of the new laboratory at Amana Hospital. More than 1,500 patients are seen each day at this busy city hospital. Space in the existing laboratory is extremely limited, making it difficult to meet growing patient needs and forcing staff to put in significant overtime to process the average daily workload of tests for up to 500 patients. It is estimated that the new laboratory capacity will be tripled following improvements, allowing patients and physicians same-day access to lab results.

In addition to the work being conducted at Amana, it is anticipated that modernization will be completed at regional laboratories in Dodoma, Kagera and Tanga by the end of 2008. The project is estimated to cost more than U.S. $10 million by its 2010 completion.

Public-private partnerships have been an essential part of the program. Abbott Fund and Design 4 Others (D4O), a U.S.-based not-for-profit initiative of the global science and technology design firm CUH2A, are working together with the Government of Tanzania to provide a standardized design that will ensure that patients across the country have the same quality of diagnostic testing. Consulting input is also a key to the program's success, with important expertise provided by the U.S. CDC - Tanzania and the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL).

"The health care system improvements supported by the Abbott Fund will help extend U.S. Government efforts to improve the health of the Tanzanian people
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