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Job aids for laboratory confirmation of priority diseases

In partnership with PHRplus, NIMR, the Tanzania MoH, and the CHANGE project, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided technical expertise on strengthening laboratory capacity to support surveillance through Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR). This collaboration focused on the development of “Tanzania Job Aids for Laboratory Confirmation” tools to promote improved health worker performance in the area of laboratory confirmation.

Two categories of job aids were developed. One category describes tasks for confirming each of eight priority diseases (acute flaccid paralysis, bacillary dysentery, bacterial meningitis, cholera, measles, plague, viral hemorrhagic fever, and yellow fever). The other category provides more detailed information about selected tasks (e.g. How to collect blood, Using transport medium for stool or rectal specimens, Triple packaging system).

In order to demonstrate examples and promote the use of the job aid concept as a tool to improve health worker performance, CDC produced the Compilation of Job Aids for Laboratory Confirmation and disseminated it to international partners and donors. The vision of the Tanzania MoH in the development of the job aids has been keenly observed by other countries and other WHO regions. This has resulted in considerable interest in adapting the Tanzania Job Aids for Laboratory Confirmation to other contexts.

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