Building Laboratory Capacity to Strengthen Health Systems: The Partners In Health Experience

Clin Lab Med. 2018 Mar;38(1):101-117. doi: 10.1016/j.cll.2017.10.008. Epub 2017 Dec 28.


The diagnostic laboratory is essential to patient care and to the achievement of health equity. Through the development of quality laboratories in settings burdened by poverty and weak health systems, Partners In Health has demonstrated the critical contributions of clinical laboratories to the care of patients with HIV, tuberculosis, and cancer, among other conditions. The lessons learned through the organization's experience include the importance of well-trained and well-supported staff; reliable access to supplies, reagents, and diagnostic equipment; adequate facilities to provide diagnostic services; the integration of laboratories into networks of care; and accompaniment of the public health sector.

Keywords: Cancer care; Diagnostics; Haiti; Health systems strengthening; Partners In Health; Pathology; Rwanda; Tuberculosis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Capacity Building*
  • Clinical Laboratory Services*
  • Haiti
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Neoplasms / therapy
  • Pathology
  • Rwanda
  • Tuberculosis / diagnosis
  • Tuberculosis / therapy