Last month, the USAID Tuberculosis (TB) Control Program conducted trainings on the use and maintenance of GeneXpert, an integrated and automated on-demand molecular diagnostic system, which allows for rapid tuberculosis testing. As a direct result of the training, which took place in four different regions, participants are now able to resolve technical issues and problems with GeneXpert technology in their own laboratories. Currently, there are 25 GeneXpert machines in the country, including four that were provided by USAID in 2014. For efficient use, these machines require ongoing technical maintenance support. The training focused on proper usage and calibration of GeneXpert technology, which will allow for these machines to effectively diagnose TB for years to come. Later in 2015, the Ministry of Health will develop a nationwide expansion plan for GeneXpert technology in Uzbekistan.
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