The first regional laboratory constructed in Adama Town, Oromia Regional State at a cost of 2.9 million dollars, which was financed by the United States President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) was inaugurated on Thursday January 31,2013 in the presence of Kebede Worku (PhD), left, state minister of Health (MoH) and Donald Booth, middle, US Ambassador to Ethiopia. The laboratory is expected to serve close to six million people in Oromia Regional State.
With an HIV prevalence rate of one percent and 224,093 people living with HIV/Aids, this laboratory is expected to enhance health services and improve the lives of those in the region, according to the press release issued by the United States Embassy in Ethiopia. The laboratory will perform comprehensive laboratory activities including HIV, malaria, TB cultures, improved diagnosis for diseases and viruses through advanced techniques and provide External Quality Assurance services. The construction of the laboratory is part of the United States government’s overall assistance to help strengthen the integrated laboratory services across the Ethiopian public health laboratory network.