We began construction of a new laboratory at FAME Medical in 2009 and became operational in April of 2011. Located adjacent to the FAME Medical Outpatient Clinic, we are now able to offer our patients greatly enhanced diagnostic services.
Tanzania’s former Minister of Health and Social Welfare, the Hon. David Mwaykusa, put it well, “modern hospital laboratories are the building blocks for successful treatment.” With a fully automated blood chemistry machine, we can now run critical chemistry profiles on patients in addition to diagnosing the most common ailments, like malaria and diarrheal diseases. The FAME Medical laboratory is the only lab within a 140-kilometer radius with these diagnostic capabilities.
With the help of the American Society for Clinical Pathology, the College of American Pathologists and the American Society of Clinical Oncology, we are in the process of developing a telepathology program as well. With donated equipment from these organizations and superb mentoring from long-term volunteer Prof. Joyce Cuff from the U.S., we will soon be able to digitally capture images of patient’s tissue and transmit it to pathologists in the U.S. for consultation purposes. This part of our program is still in its infancy. It is a collaboration, however, that has tremendous potential. It will provide FAME clinicians with an invaluable resource AND provide distance-learning opportunities for our lab technicians that are unparalleled in rural Tanzania.