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Laboratory Network Monitoring Guide

The Philippines National TB Program’s (NTP) laboratory network strategic plan (LNSP) aims to improve access to quality laboratory services, including establishing new facilities, adopting new diagnostic technologies, and strengthening the laboratory systems. The implementation of laboratory network (LNW) strengthening plans and the performance of the LNW require a comprehensive monitoring of activities to detect problems, document results (performance), and gather lessons from the process. However, many program managers find monitoring difficult to implement because of the lack of knowledge, skills, and operational support, especially for field visits. A contributing factor is management’s weak appreciation of the value of monitoring for program management and improvement. This document aims to provide guidance to health workers who are tasked with monitoring the LNW’s status and performance. In this document, we provide the readers with practical tips on how to monitor—from preparation, data collection, data management, and reporting to a list of indicators to guide data collection.

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2014 National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory Annual Report

This annual report is the first of its kind for the National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory (NTRL). The following provides a general picture of NTRL’s activities and accomplishments related to service and development in 2014. It documents the expansion of laboratory services and adoption of new technologies in the context of new developments in TB diagnosis and treatment.

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Management of Laboratory Reagent Supplies in the Dominican Republic Ministry of Health

The high cost of laboratory reagents and accumulated indebtedness are the primary causes of shortages and stock-outs. The lack of availability of these products limits timely diagnosis and treatment in public health facilities. Public resources available for reagent procurement could be optimized through the use of centralized purchasing by virtue of the economies of scale it would create. This report presents the results of a study conducted in the Dominican Republic to determine the availability and consumption of laboratory reagents for the  purpose of a joint national purchase among government agencies.

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An Electronic System for the Management of Laboratory Data on Tuberculosis Diagnosis and Treatment

Salakaia A, Memoria R, Turaev L, Falzon D, Dadu A, Kremer K, Keravec J, Zagorski A. (2012, December). An electronic system for the management of laboratory data on tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment. Symposium presentation at the 43rd World Conference on Lung Health of the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

View the abstract (page S35)

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