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Clinical Laboratory Networks Contribute to Strengthening Disease Surveillance: The RESAOLAB Project in West Africa

  • Authors: Najjar-Pellet J, Machuron JL, Bougoudogo F, Sakandé J, Sow I, Paquet C, and Longuet C.

  • Journal: Emerging Health Threats Journal Supplement 1, 2013

  • Type: Article

  • Directorate: Medical Directorate

  • Published: 2013


Sufficient laboratory capacity is essential to effective infectious disease surveillance and control. This is recognized in the current International Health Regulations (IHR), which identify laboratory services as a category of core capacities that all the World Health Organization (WHO) Member States are expected to develop and maintain. IHR Core Capacity 8 requires laboratory services for every phase of real-time event management (i.e., detection, investigation, and response), with sample analysis being performed either domestically or through collaboration centers.

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