Interagency working group on improvement of laboratory network activity in microbiological TB diagnosis was organized in 2012 and, based on its work results, guidelines “Ways to Optimize Laboratory Network Activity in Bacterioscopic TB Diagnosis in Ukraine” were issued the same year. Developing institution: state-owned institution “F.G. Yanovsky National Institute of Phthisiology and Pulmonology of the National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine”.
5. A working group should be set up to develop a strategy for optimizing the national laboratory network, based on a countrywide analysis of the needs of: (i) laboratory services according to population coverage, geographic access and the epidemiological burden of TB; (ii) an upgrading of the laboratories (civil work renovation, purchase of new equipment); (iii) human resources.