Guidelines: A Network Approach to Scaling Up Laboratory Services

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USAID, PEPFAR, and their implementing partners have played a leading role in helping countries expand and transform their laboratory services to be more cost effective, efficient, and responsive to patient needs.

This document serves as a guide for implementing a network approach to strengthening and scaling up laboratory services. It describes the experience of countries, partners, and donors that are shifting to this network perspective and describes the components of a network approach in detail, with practical examples from countries providing more information about the specific lessons learned, successes, and challenges of implementation.

The guide also examines progress by global HIV donors on negotiating national and global pricing agreements, as well as inclusive service agreements that ensure procurements of equipment and commodities are tied to successful patient test results.