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

," said Hon. Mark Green, U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania. "The modernized laboratory at Amana will serve patients seen at the new HIV care and treatment center funded by PEPFAR, which is a clear reflection of how governments and the private sector can work together for the common good."

The nationwide Regional Laboratory Modernization Project expands on extensive earlier lab work by Abbott Fund at Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar es Salaam, and the work completed in 2007 to modernize the laboratory at Mt. Meru Regional Hospital. The improvements and training at Mt. Meru have resulted in a tripling of the laboratory's testing capacity from 45 to 150 patients per day, a nine-fold increase annually in number of tests processed, a dramatic reduction in turnaround time and increased health worker productivity. The work at Mt. Meru provided a model and proof of concept that a nationwide laboratory modernization program was possible.

About Abbott Fund in Tanzania

Improving hospital laboratories is the latest effort in the ongoing partnership between Abbott Fund and the Government of Tanzania, which began in 2001. To date, Abbott Fund has invested more than $50 million to strengthen Tanzania's health system.

In 2007, the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GBC) honored Abbott Fund with an Award for Business Excellence for National Action for its public-private partnership with the Government of Tanzania to fight HIV/AIDS. Key results to date include:

-- At Muhimbili National Hospital, the national teaching and reference

hospital for Tanzania, Abbott Fund built a new outpatient center that

serves hundreds of patients each day and integrates HIV care with other

services, and renovated, automated and computerized the central

pathology laboratory;

-- Trained more than 10,000 health care workers;

-- Provided HIV counseling and testing for more than 150,000 people,
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