Table 1

Healthcare level and testing capabilities in Lassa-affected countries*

Laboratory facility levelTest usersCountry examples
Nigeria30 31 Sierra Leone32
0
Community level
Community members, healthcare workersLocal communityLocal community
1
Primary care setting
Healthcare workersPrimary health centre at the village and local levelPrimary health centre at the local level
2
District laboratory
Laboratory techniciansSecondary health facilities at the state levelDistrict health centre/hospital
3
Regional, provincial, specialised laboratories
Senior laboratory specialists/techniciansTertiary health facilities at the federal level, for example, ILFRC at ISTH, IrruaDistrict health centre/hospital, for example, KGH, Kenema
4
National reference laboratory
Senior laboratory specialistsNigeria Centre for Disease Control, AbujaCentral Public Health Reference Laboratory, Freetown
  • *Adapted from the WHO Consultation on Technical and Operational Recommendations for Clinical Laboratory Testing Harmonization and Standardization.17

  • ILFRC, Institute of Lassa fever Research and Control; ISTH, Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital; KGH, Kenema Government Hospital.