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Leading health organizations launch new accreditation process for laboratories across Africa
Date:7/26/2009

age, evaluate and recognize competence, quality and reliability in medical laboratory testing. We consider laboratories to be a gateway to the management and treatment of priority diseases," said Philip Rotz, Training Coordinator of the Laboratory Services Team for the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative.

Connie Wilkins, a hospital laboratory director in Joplin, Missouri, in the United States and one of ASCP's volunteers, said that the process will be critically important in helping laboratories run more efficiently. Much of the effort will be focused on training laboratory managers and other administrative staff to improve the management of the facilities. After the laboratories go through the five-stage process for WHO-AFRO, they will be closer to applying for international accreditation as well.

"Anything we can do in education, including in improving laboratories is not just about saving a life but about improving quality of life," Wilkins said. "We're improving healthcare starting with being able to deliver to doctors a more accurate diagnosis of the problem and by allowing doctors to see how well treatments are working through periodic testing. It's just a huge deal."


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