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Divining without Seeds: The Case for Strengthening Laboratory Medicine in Africa

Iruka N. Okeke

Abstract

Infectious disease is the most common cause of illness and death in Africa, yet health practitioners routinely fail to identify causative microorganisms in most patients. As a result, patients often do not receive the right medicine in time to cure them promptly even when such medicine is available, outbreaks are larger and more devastating than they should be, and the impact of control interventions is difficult to measure. Wrong prescriptions and prolonged infections amount to needless costs for patients and for health systems. This book argues that laboratory diagnostics are essential to th ... More

Keywords: infectious disease, tropical Africa, laboratory diagnostics, medicine, health clinic model, primary care, diagnostic support, drug delivery

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780801449413
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801449413.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Iruka N. Okeke, author
Associate Professor of Biology, Haverford College