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Counties to benefit from US labs pledge

28 July 2014, 13:58

Nairobi - Five counties are each set to get state-of-the-art medical laboratories courtesy of the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Becton, Dickinson and Company, a leading global medical technology company, has joined hands with the PEPFAR through the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the project.

The five counties that will benefit from the laboratories include Kwale, Narok, Makueni, Lodwar, and Nairobi Counties.

These counties have been prioritized by the Ministry of Health to be the first to participate in the Kenya Labs for Life programme, with the goal of adding five more laboratories in 2015.

According to the US Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya is one of several countries where the Labs for Life programme is being launched.

Other countries include Uganda, Ethiopia, Mozambique, and India.

“The new collaboration builds on a prior five-year public-private partnership (PPP) between BD and PEPFAR that focused on improving overall laboratory systems and services in sub-Saharan African countries severely affected by HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (TB),” read a statement from the US Embassy in Nairobi.

James Macharia, Cabinet Secretary, Kenya Ministry of Health said as Kenya continued to expand access for antiretroviral therapy (ART) to populations living with HIV/AIDS, government recognized the need to bring forth new and better diagnostics across the nation’s laboratories.

“We are committed to strengthening the quality of our labs and welcome this collaboration with BD and PEPFAR,” he said.

Katherine Perry, Kenya PEPFAR Coordinator, said that the project would fast-track WHO accreditation in the country.

 – CAJ News  

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