Adelaide based SA Pathology has announced that the World Health Organisation (WHO) will be publishing and distributing its global manual for tuberculosis technicians and laboratories, named The Handbook.
The project, headed by SA Pathology’s Senior Scientist Richard Lumb, aims to improve laboratory detection of tuberculosis in low-income countries through the use of accurate information and expert illustrations.
The Handbook has already been distributed throughout the Asia Pacific region, including Indonesia, the Pacific Islands, and China, where it has become a favourite of technicians.
Tuberculosis, which is spread through inhalation, is the second greatest killer amongst infectious diseases, and is particularly widespread and deadly in low and middle-income countries.
8.6 million people fell ill with tuberculosis in 2012, and 1.3 million people died from the disease in the same year.
The Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory at SA Pathology is recognized as an expert TB laboratory by WHO, and operates as the international reference laboratory for Indonesia, Vietnam, Kiribati, and the Solomon Islands.
The Handbook, headed by Richard Lumb of SA Pathology.