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Global Health
September 18, 2013

Lessons From New Malawian Pathology Laboratory

JAMA. 2013;310(11):1113. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.278241

A diagnostic pathology laboratory established in Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi, has greatly strengthened the area’s pathology services, including those for cancer diagnosis and research, and provides a model for similar initiatives a in sub-Saharan Africa, according to an analysis of the first 20 months of the laboratory’s operation (Gopal S et al. PLoS ONE. 2013;8[8]:e70361).

To address the escalating cancer burden in sub-Saharan Africa, a region with a dearth of pathology services, researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill collaborated with the government of Malawi to establish a pathology laboratory with an emphasis on cancer diagnosis at Kamuzu Central Hospital. The university provided training for Malawian technicians and supplied telemedicine technology to enable Malawian pathologists and technicians to consult with university pathologists.

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