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East African Leaders Join Together to Develop Country-Specific Plans

Our colleagues at the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) have shared an interesting article on point-of-care testing - from the article:

Keeping on Point: Ensuring High Quality Point-of-Care Testing

Point-of-care-testing (POCT), which includes diagnostic testing performed at or near the point of patient care, serves as a powerful but underused tool in resource-limited settings. When performed correctly and in a timely fashion, POCT improves patient retention and strengthens linkages to treatment and care.

However desirable, implementation of POCT requires simple, but quality, sample collection at the testing site, easy-to-use test formats, and straight-forward interpretation of results. It must be well-planned and systematic to ensure high quality testing services. Read the whole article by clicking here.