Detailed Mechanism Funding and Narrative

Details for Mechanism ID: 11955
Country/Region: Dominican Republic
Year: 2010
Main Partner: Not Available
Main Partner Program: NA
Organizational Type: NGO
Funding Agency: HHS/CDC
Total Funding: $0

To identify a contractor to work with the MOH, NRL and the National Directorate of Laboratories to establish an information system which will allow data to be collected, reported and analyzed.

Funding for Laboratory Infrastructure (HLAB): $0

A key component of our proposed activities will be to continue to work with MOH to better gauge the number and type of laboratory facilities and services provided for HIV and related testing. USG/CDC will continue development of training activities focused on laboratory management, new technologies and quality assurance of laboratory testing. It is internationally recommended that each country, according to the characteristics of its HIV epidemic, develop and implement a testing algorithm, with validated reagents. This has not been done in the DR, so USG/CDC will assist and fund this important activity.

In order to provide timely quality diagnostic tests, USG/CDC will assist MOH to strengthen and support an efficient and sustainable integrated national laboratory network system. Accurate and updated data collection, reporting and analysis is a needed tool to plan and foresee potential stockouts, drifts, or other problems in laboratory logistics management. USG/CDC will work closely with the MOH to develop and establish a pilot electronic system that will incorporate various labs into a network.

As of December 2009, none of the 226 MOH laboratories are accredited and practice quality standards. One of USG/CDC's priorities is to assist the National Reference Laboratory to obtain accreditation, so that it can expand its capability to lead a national quality assurance program, including quality of HIV testing. Equipment and maintenance needs will be addressed at selected high volume hospitals that serve target populations, USG/CDC will assist the MOH in purchasing new equipment from reliable vendors, ensuring appropriate staff training by the vendor, maintaining an inventory of basic spare parts, and training MOH maintenance teams for routine and emergency situations.

Subpartners Total: $0
To Be Determined: NA
Cross Cutting Budget Categories and Known Amounts Total: $0
Human Resources for Health $0
Key Issues Identified in Mechanism
Military Populations
Mobile Populations
Safe Motherhood