A study published by the American Journal of Clinical Pathology, (Volume 156, Issue 5, November 202) surveys the Clinical and Anatomic Pathology Laboratory Infrastructure in Mozambique.
Pathology services are limited in most areas of sub-Saharan Africa. A survey was conducted from October-December 2018 across the four central hospitals of Mozambique to determine infrastructure and pathology services available. This study’s aim was to survey anatomic and clinical pathology services and laboratory infrastructure in Mozambique.
Most laboratory/pathology services in Mozambique are limited to the four central hospitals. Only 14 pathologists practice in the country despite a population of 29.5 million for the world’s fifth worst workforce/population ratio. Approximately 35,000 anatomic pathology specimens are evaluated annually. Standard services across chemistry, hematology, microbiology, and blood bank are available at the four central hospitals. Esoteric laboratory testing and immunohistochemistry are generally only available in Maputo.
While most pathology services are available in Mozambique, many are available only at the Maputo laboratory. Expansion of pathology services and infrastructure will improve provision of effective and efficient health care as access to timely and accurate clinical diagnoses increases in Mozambique.
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