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Effective health laboratories are essential to the scale-up of public health programs targeting diseases like HIV/AIDS or TB, and contribute to the overall coverage and efficiency of national health systems.  PEPFAR has evaluated its progress in confronting AIDS worldwide, including its efforts to strengthen laboratory systems through training and infrastructure.

A new study by the University of Florida suggests that a vaccination campaign could prove a valuable tool in quelling the spread of the disease.

Last week the UN announced a new campaign to combat Cholera in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, committing $23.5 million in UN support as well as $215 million in existing donor funding.  Health facilities play a central role in these efforts.  While the need for clean water and sanitation extend far beyond the health facility, clinics and hospitals are on the front lines of reporting, treating and preventing the disease.  In responding to Cholera, health facilities have a number of crucial tasks

National health laboratory systems are on the frontlines of health the world over.  As a critical component to combating disease, laboratory systems must deliver reliable and efficient health services on tight resources; often achieved through standardized and tiered facility capabilities.

Mobile phone technology is paving the way for innovative new methods to support patients, empower doctors and engage the public in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

An energy audit at Guyana's Georgetown Public Hospital doubles as a training exercise as part of IHFI's efforts to expand energy efficiency and institutional capacity in the country.

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