CMLF’s COVID-19 Response

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 care and management and understanding the scope of viral transmission, thereby protecting national, regional and global health security.

The pandemic has also impacted on health services, given the demands for treatment of COVID-19 patients with moderate and severe illness. This has resulted in negative effects on treatment of chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension, HIV and others, as challenges with population access to health services have increased worldwide.