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A Used Ambulance bought from the UK, Customized and retrofitted with an Insight diagnostic Laboratory on its way to a village in Tanzania
Multitudes of problems confront laboratories in developing countries: humidity, dust, heat, poor transport, lack of technical personnel, dependable electricity, water, scarcity of reagents and spare parts due to exchange rates. These conditions are inimical to the western factory approach to laboratory diagnosis, using complicated automated equipment.
Western trained doctors tend to concentrate in urban areas, but most people, and therefore most illness, are found in rural areas. Even the drugs indicated by results of lab tests have to be imported. Western doctors are trained in interpretation of lab tests but those in third world countries need to be expert in physical diagnosis. It is becoming apparent in the west that use of optimal medical care with the best available technology does not necessarily lead to better health.
The developing countries need to pinpoint diagnostics that are sensitive, specific and targeted to the major causes of disease, thereby avoiding costly useless tests. - One such test Lifeline Africa™ provides is the F.A.S.T Malaria Stain Test which offers unrivaled staining speed, with thin smear staining in just 1 minute and thick staining in 10 minutes. These times surpass all other alternatives on the market, including Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs)!