Seminar #10A

Challenges in Equipment Maintenance, Calibration and Procurment Scale –Up For Resource-Limited Settings

Hosted by: Association of Public Health Laboratories

No invitations necessary; open to all conference registrants

Sunday, 4 December
CTICC room location: CTICC 2.44 – 2.46

Technology advances have brought improved diagnostic capability and capacity to laboratories in resource-limited and enabled dramatic improvements in treatment and prevention of infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS, TB and EVD. However, infrastructure requirements for reliable operation of these technologies, both laboratory-based and POCT, often limit the effectiveness and availability of the planned laboratory services. A continuing issue is field maintenance resources and how to develop competent user maintenance services that interface with vendor higher level maintenance services to assure reliable operations, reduce maintenance costs and avoid misusing vendor engineering services for basic support.

During this session participants will discuss options for collaborative strategies among user, funders and vendors to develop reliable country and regional biomedical equipment maintenance capacity to improve equipment reliability. Additionally participants will detail the abilities of countries to address viral load scale up in light of funding initiativ