COVID-19

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, laboratories have been using nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs), such as real time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) assays, to detect SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease. In many countries, access to this form of testing has been challenging. The search is on to develop reliable

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Contributor: Valerie Wilson, Director, Caribbean Med Labs Foundation (CMLF) COVID-19 has undoubtedly changed the world; laboratories are not immune to this change. The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic has laid bare the critical importance of accurate, reliable and timely laboratory testing for diagnosis, patient care and management. It took COVID-19 to teach us, perhaps, one of the most striking

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Washington, DC, September 10, 2020 (PAHO) – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) today warned that the COVID-19 pandemic may exacerbate suicide risk factors, urging people to speak about the issue in an open and responsible manner, remain connected even during physical distancing, and learn to identify warning signs to prevent it. Coronavirus is affecting

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SARS-COV-2 is an RNA virus from the coronavirus family, the causative agent of COVID-19. With nearly 6,000,000 cases worldwide, 365,000 deaths and detection in at least well over 200 countries, it continues to evolve with devastating medical and socio-economic sequelae. The challenge with this virus is that the global population has no underlying immunity since

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Countries seek innovative ways to mitigate the impact of disruptions and keep services going. Seventy-three countries have warned that they are at risk of stock-outs of antiretroviral (ARV) medicines as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new WHO survey conducted ahead of the International AIDS Society’s biannual conference. Twenty-four countries reported having

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Attached is a presentation made at the PANCAP-PAHO webinar on Delivering HIV Prevention Services during COVID-19 with specific focus on HIV, STI and TB testing services. Presentation Outline PAHO Guideline for HIV testing in COVID19 context Challenges to HIV testing services Supply chain management challenges Solutions to safe testing for HIV HIV Self-Testing Beyond rapid

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An opportunity for strengthening laboratories and health systems in the region. Diagnostics and Laboratory capacity are essential but often ignored pillars of both a responsive health system and effective global health security. The Coronavirus pandemic has, more starkly than ever before, highlighted the critical importance of accurate, reliable and timely laboratory testing for diagnosis, patient

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