64 - Solving the Pathology Crisis in Low and Middle-Income Countries
Monday, April 6, 2020
10:50 AM – 11:20 AM
Location: Forum 106 - 108
All patients who have suspected cancer require access to diagnostic pathology services. The total costs of having a pathology laboratory benefit greatly from economies of scope and scale such that a population of at least 1,000,000 people being served by a laboratory can bring costs into a reasonable range. However, resource-constrained settings (i.e., development, economy, geographic location, limited population sizes) face many challenges with having and maintaining pathology diagnostic services not the least of which--although one of the most difficult to overcome--is the financing stream for operations. Low volumes, insufficient personnel, outdated or non-serviced equipment, unreliable supply chains, and resource mismatch all occur but can be overcome with system-wide planning, training, public-private partnerships, and aligned national cancer control plans which involve all stakeholders. Unique solutions including innovations, consortia, and telepathology/telementoring can also be key components of success.
Understand the current challenges in providing pathology diagnostics across a range of conditions
Recognize the markers of quality and systems of quality assurance that are necessary for pathology
Define solutions for pathology diagnostics and where and when they can be deployed