Revista Cubana de Salud Pública
version ISSN 0864-3466
MONTORO CARDOSO, Ernesto et al. The National Laboratory of Reference and its contribution to the elimination of tuberculosis in Cuba. Rev Cubana Salud Pública [online]. 2012, vol.38, n.2, pp. 214-229. ISSN 0864-3466.
The participation of the National Laboratory of Reference and Research on Tuberculosis and Mycobacteria of "Pedro Kouri" Institute of Tropical Medicine in the organization of the bacteriological resources for the diagnosis and screening of cases in the primary health care, in support of the national program for control of tuberculosis, was described in this paper. Reference was made to the functions and main scientific activities of this laboratory, which is a PAHO/WHO collaborating center at the forefront of the tuberculosis diagnosis laboratory network in the country. The introduction and the implementation of state-of-the-art technologies have allowed valuable tools to be used to meet several challenges posed by tuberculosis and mycobacteria nowadays. Thanks to the implementation of a World Fund against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria project, the diagnosis network has strengthened, which must contribute to the elimination of tuberculosis as a health problem in Cuba in the near future.
Keywords : Tuberculosis; diagnostic methods; National Laboratory of Reference; Collaborating Center; laboratory network.