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Evaluating Laboratory Systems to Move toward Accreditation in Côte d’Ivoire

In collaboration with the MSHP, the National Public Health Reference Laboratory (LNSP), and a local accreditation organization, the Regional Center for Health Evaluation and Accreditation (CRESAC), I-TECH is conducting a baseline assessment of laboratory services at 50 laboratories in 2017.

The purpose of the joint assessment is to determine the laboratory’s capacity to provide HIV and clinical diagnostic services. More specifically, I-TECH seeks to determine the number of laboratorians and HIV counseling and testing staff trained and certified in HIV testing; the quality and timeliness of HIV and clinical diagnostic tests; and the current status of each laboratory in order to prepare them for laboratory accreditation under the SLIPTA (WHO’s Stepwise Laboratory Improvement Process Towards Accreditation) scheme.