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New TB Lab Accredited in Tanzania

May 20, 2013
U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania Alfonso E. Lenhardt recently visited MHRP’s site in Tanzania to inaugurate a new specialized TB laboratory at the Mbeya Referral Hospital.

U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania Alfonso E. Lenhardt recently visited MHRP’s site, Walter Reed Program-Tanzania, to inaugurate a new specialized Tuberculosis (TB) laboratory at the Mbeya Referral Hospital (MRH). This is the second laboratory in the country of this kind.

TB remains a major global health problem. Thousands of Tanzanians are affected by tuberculosis each year and it ranks as the leading cause of death from an infectious disease among People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).

In 2012, there was approximately a 38 percent TB and HIV co-infection rate reported in Tanzania. Tuberculosis diagnosis remains a challenge among HIV patients, as it often requires advanced and expensive technologies. The opening of this modern Biosafety level 3 TB culture laboratory marks the beginning of a new era in the diagnosis of TB and other critical life saving laboratory services among HIV clients in the southern highlands regions. 

Earlier in the month the MRH laboratory received the highest ISO 15189 accreditation. The MRH laboratory is only the second laboratory in Tanzania to achieve this level of recognition of excellence in quality management.