PHL-IdC serves as TB National Reference Laboratory for Zanzibar and performs smear microscopy and solid culture from presumptive and follow-up TB patients from whole of Zanzibar Islands. The positive cultures are sent to Central TB Reference Laboratory in Tanzania for species identification and drug susceptibility.
The iLED microscopy has been introduced in March 2014 as routine test. Recently staff from PHL-IdC have received training in Strengthening Laboratory Management Towards Accreditation for TB examination
Our TB laboratory is enrolled in the accreditation processes and that its staff have received a series of training and mentorship to fulfill the required standards.