WHO recently published a useful framework to assist with the planning of laboratory network systems in view of the objectives of the End TB strategy by 2030:
Particularly useful are recommended methodologies for calculating country-specific targets, based on local epidemiology, TB services access issues etc as opposed to global targets used before (ie: 1 microscopy center per 100,000 population etc) and an associated Excel calculation spreadsheet:
I would like to hear thoughts from prospective fellow users (NTP directors and TB lab managers, PMDT consultants, lab advisers) about this tool and eventually exchange tips for its effective use. Notably, I am wondering if NTP/TB lab managers in ressources limited countries or in countries with only partially effective TB lab networks foresee that implementing universal DST testing in the coming years is feasible and get views on how this can be phase in as part of national strategic plans ?
I am also wondering if translation to other languages (ie: French, Spanish) is eventually planned ?
Centre de Recherches Médicales de Lambaréné (CERMEL)