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Turkmenistan's TB lab services use new luminescent microscopy

Turkmenistan Materials 10 October 2011 13:18
Turkmenistan's TB lab services use new luminescent microscopy
Turkmenistan's TB lab services use new luminescent microscopy

Azerbaijan , Baku, Oct.10 / Trend, S.Dadashova /

All regional TB laboratories in Turkmenistan will from now on perform luminescent (light-emitting diodes, LED) microscopy for detection of tuberculosis (TB), using luminescent microscopes and reagents that have been procured by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) project on strengthening TB diagnostics and treatment in Turkmenistan implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan, UNDP in Turkmenistan said.

The project also plans to support training of laboratory staff and introduction of appropriate quality assurance, and to follow up the effect of TB case detection rates and treatment outcomes.

With the project support, the expanded use of LED microscopy in Turkmenistan will facilitate the achievement of the national targets for TB control set by 2015, as well as the achievement of Millennium Development Goal 6 and the Stop TB Partnership goal, which is to reduce dramatically the global burden of TB by 2015.

The project "Strengthening and expanding of qualified services on TB diagnostics and treatment in Turkmenistan" is funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Its goal is to reduce the burden of tuberculosis in Turkmenistan by consolidation of DOTS framework, its expansion by introducing and scaling up the management of drug-resistant tuberculosis and strengthening the health system performance for effective TB control.

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