In April and May, DATOS, in collaboration with KIT, has conducted a broad laboratory system assessment in Malawi for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. We looked from different angles at the laboratory system to do an in-depth analysis of the structure and functioning of the system and laboratory facilities throughout the country. Our team consisted of:

– A laboratory systems specialist, assessing the organization, regulation and coordination of the laboratory system.

– A medical laboratory specialist, assessing laboratory facilities (at public, private, NGO and mission hospitals) throughout the country.

– A geographical information specialist, analyzing the distribution of laboratory testing capacity throughout the country

– A procurement and supply chain specialist: assessing the procurement and supply system for laboratories

– A public health specialist, investigating the laboratory-clinical interface.

This extensive assessment led to major and minor recommendations to guide future laboratory strengthening activities in the country.