Container AIDS Labs Could Work Across Africa: U.S. Company
July 21, 2009
The head of global health for a U.S. medical equipment supplier is touting a plan to convert shipping containers into HIV/AIDS diagnostic labs in resource-limited settings in Africa and elsewhere.
"You can't have antiretroviral programs without laboratory support, it's dangerous," said Martin. "So this provides the means for people who live very far away to have standard of care on their doorstep." "We believe this is a model for the developing world in resource-constrained settings," he added.
"It's very important for the use of drugs to have good diagnostics and laboratory services to go along with that," said Thompson, whose company supplies equipment to Toga. "First we need to know who to treat and then we need to know whether the treatment was working or not."
The U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief is supporting another five planned container labs in South Africa, two in Malawi, two in Zambia, and one in Liberia, said Martin.
07.21.2009; Wendell Roelf
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