by George Alemnji, Peter Fonjungo, Barbara Van Der Pol et al.
AIDS Patient Care and STDs, Vol. 28, Nr. 5, 2014
Strong laboratory services and systems are critical for delivering timely and quality health services that are vital to reduce patient attrition in the HIV treatment and prevention cascade. In particular, linkages and referrals between laboratory testing and other services need to be considered in the context of an integrated health system that includes prevention, treatment, and strategic information. In this review, the authors highlight weaknesses of and gaps between laboratory testing and other program services. They propose a model for strengthening these systems to ensure effective linkages of laboratory services for improved access and retention in care of HIV/AIDS patients, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.