n African Journal of Laboratory Medicine - Sierra Leone laboratory systems - now and future - : commentary

Volume 5, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 2225-2002
  • E-ISSN: 2225-2010



The impact of the 2013-2016 Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Mano River Union region, which includes Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, is a direct indicator of the acute limitations in national healthcare systems and the critical role played by diagnostic and public health laboratories. Despite having a Central Public Health Reference Laboratory, Sierra Leone lacked the capacity to provide the Biosafety Level 3 laboratory support that is required to effectively direct responses and that could have offset such a prolonged and costly health systems war against the outbreak.

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