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Global Laboratory Program (GLP)

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The burden of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis in many resource-limited countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, is massive. In the last decade, rapid scale-up of programs to fight these three diseases has taken place on an equally massive scale. In this effort, building laboratory capacity to provide rapid, accurate, affordable, and reliable diagnostic tests is crucial to enable health care workers to deliver more effective, life-saving treatments, thereby reducing mortality, optimizing the expenditure of health care resources and improving the quality of health care.

One of the main goals of the Global Laboratory Program (GLP) is to provide access to high quality diagnostics at the site of care delivery.  The evaluation of a patient through accurate and timely testing is crucial at the primary level of the health system where almost 80% of the patients in need of care are usually referred.

The IHV-GLP has supported and built sustainable laboratory capacity at over 200 clinics, hospitals, and treatment centers in Africa, the Caribbean, and South America. Together with local partners, quality diagnostics and laboratory monitoring has been provided for over 400,000 patients with HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.

The IHV global laboratory program focuses on building sustainable laboratory excellence through:

  • Comprehensive practical and didactic laboratory training sessions and courses
  • On-site mentoring and technical assistance
  • Quality assurance and improvement
  • Strengthening national and international laboratory supply chains
  • Design and renovation of clinical laboratories
  • Diagnostic technology evaluation and selection
  • Collaborating with national governments and Ministries of Health to strengthen laboratory systems and standards

For more information on the Global Laboratory Program please contact:

Francesco Marinucci, PhD
Director – Global Laboratory Program
fmarinucci@ihv.umaryland.edu
global_lab@ihv.umaryland.edu