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The Global Laboratory Initiative (GLI) is a network of international partners dedicated to accelerating and expanding access to quality assured laboratory services in response to the diagnostic challenges of TB, notably HIV-associated and drug-resistant TB. The GLI provides a focus for TB within the framework of a multi-faceted yet integrated approach to laboratory capacity strengthening.

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Planning and Budgeting Tool for TB and drug resistant TB testing

The Global Laboratory Initiative (GLI), with its secretariat at the World Health Organization (WHO) Global TB Programme, is pleased to release a Planning and Budgeting Tool for TB and Drug Resistant TB Testing for calculation of quantities and costs of diagnostic products and laboratory supplies. The tool references product numbers and prices in the Stop TB Partnership Global Drug Facility (GDF) Diagnostics, Medical Devices, and other Health Products Catalog.

The toolkit includes a semi-automated, editable, Excel-based calculation tool and an accompanying User Guide that explains editable fields and methods for calculation of goods within each Excel worksheet. Importantly, tool calculations take country-specific epidemiology and diagnostic algorithms into account when considering each user’s diagnostic product and laboratory supply needs. Worksheets with calculation tables are included for all WHO recommended diagnostic and drug susceptibility testing methods as well as items related to biosafety, cleaning, equipment maintenance and repair.

The tool presents users with an automated annual Budget Summary that provide users with an overview of items for testing, cleaning, and biosafety as well as maintenance and repair costs. Lastly, an automated annual Laboratory Items Summary provides a list of all items to be purchased and associated total costs based on user inputs.

The Tool and User Guide are available on the GLI website and on the WHO website.

Planning and budgeting tool for TB and drug resistant TB testing: calculation tool

Planning and budgeting tool for TB and drug resistant TB testing: User guide

New GLI Core Group Members

28 July 2021 - The Global Laboratory Initiative (GLI) is happy to announce the election of three technical experts who joined the GLI Core Group this month: Alex Durena, Kristin Kremer and Tetsuhiro Sugamoto.

The many experiences and perspectives they bring to GLI will be of great benefit to continuing building and sustaining high-quality TB diagnostic networks and strengthening laboratory capacity at the country, regional and global level. For more information about the Core Group, please click here.

GLI core group collaborates with various partners on the development of the "Score TB Package"

26 May 2021 - GLI is pleased to announce the launch of the Score-TB package, a tool to help build quality-assured TB testing and management capacity utilizing the SLIPTA methodology. The Score TB Package combines TB test-specific Scorecards and the SLIPTA checklist in traditional and automated e-tool formats to facilitate user-friendly quality assessment of modern TB laboratories.

The Score-TB Package is intended to inform Ministry of Health officials, health facility and laboratory managers, donors, implementing partners, quality assurance personnel, programme managers and supervisory staff at national, regional and facility levels on international standards for delivering quality-assured TB testing and serve as a comprehensive, updated toolkit for quality management system assessment at individual TB laboratories. For more information, please click here.

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