Medical Lab Professionals
Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all - Sam Ewing
Laboratory services play an important role in diagnosing and monitoring diseases. They are also critical in identifying changing disease patterns that come about from changes in lifestyle, migration and population growth. These patterns often result in viral, bacterial and parasitic infections emerging in countries where they were rarely seen before.
The spread of sickle cell anaemia in Africa is an example of how this can happen. Previously sickle cell anaemia, a group of inherited red blood cell disorders that results in severe pain and often death in young children, was found predominantly in Central and West Africa. In South Africa less than…