Practical manual on tuberculosis laboratory strengthening

Publication Year 28 Aug 2023

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The Practical manual on tuberculosis laboratory strengthening, 2022 update is an update of the Global Laboratory Initiative (GLI) publication, GLI Practical guide to TB laboratory strengthening. That document, published in 2017, was an update of the Guide for providing technical support to TB laboratories in low- and middle-income countries, which was published in 2015. The update was led by Thomas Shinnick, Elisa Tagliani, Patricia Hall-Eidson, Carl-Michael Nathanson and Nazir Ismail with technical inputs and review by the GLI core group members Maka Akhalaia, Uladzimir Antonenka, Khalide Azam, Roger Calderon, Sarabjit S. Chadha, Fernanda Dockhorn Costa, Alex Durena, Christopher Gilpin, Sarder Tanzir Hossain, Kristin Kremer, Marguerite Massinga Loembe, Tetsuhiro Sugamoto and Abiola Olajumoke Tubi.
Many people and organizations provided important contributions to the development of the original two versions of this handbook, including the following:

  • The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) developed an early draft of the guide, with contributions from Zenda Berrada, Edward Desmond, Robert Ferguson, Sally Liska, William Murtaugh, Christopher R. Peter, Errin Rider and David Warshauer.
  • A small writing committee of the GLI core group provided key updates and revisions to the early draft and finalized the guide. This committee included Heidi Albert, Heather Alexander, Kathleen England and Amy Piatek.
  • Critical review of the document was provided by Shirematee Baboolal, Martina Casenghi, Levan Gagnidze, Rumina Hasan, Jean Iragena, Paul Klatser, Richard Lumb, Alaine Umubyeyi Nyaruhirira, Rick O’Brien, Sabine Rüsch-Gerdes, Josephine San Pedro, Thomas Shinnick, Sabira Tahseen, Maria Alice Telles, Maarten van Cleeff, Armand Van Deun and Wayne van Gemert.

Christopher Gilpin, Alexei Korobitsyn and Diego Zallocco, from the World Health Organization Global TB Programme, provided technical input and oversaw the process of development of the original version of the guide. Development and publication of this updated handbook have been made possible with the support of the United States Agency for International Development.