Affiliations: *Department of Medical Sciences, Ministry of Public Health
Source: Journal of Health Science 2005; 14: 34-44
Language: Thai with English abstract
Laboratory network is crucial in a national prevention and control program of thalassemia. Throughout Thailand, 13 laboratories of the Department of Medical Sciences have undergone a capacity building program forming a national network for hemoglobin (Hb) separation and determination and a-thalassemia 1 diagnosis. During 2001-2004, the service, measured in terms of number of samples, expanded threefold from 4,027 to 12,840. Under internal and external quality assurance program, its reliability was maximized. Within 4 years, reliable, efficient and effective laboratory service and co-operation were established as a supporting mechanism of the national prevention and control program of thalassemia.