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A functional microscope is the most important and most expensive piece of equipment required for smear microscopy. Global Fund monies have provided a unique opportunity to equip laboratories in low-resource countries, but these funds must be spent wisely. Cheap microscopes are superficially appealing. However, higher-quality microscopes generally have better optics and last longer. International agencies should consider establishing a purchasing service to assist countries in their microscope procurement. Such a system would provide quality assurance and increased purchasing power.

Keywords: microscope; microscopy; quality; tuberculosis

Document Type: Short Communication

Affiliations: 1: Institute of Medical & Veterinary Science, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia 2: International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Paris, France 3: Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin, Australia; and Institute of Advanced Studies, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

Publication date: February 1, 2006

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  • The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease publishes articles on all aspects of lung health, including public health-related issues such as training programmes, cost-benefit analysis, legislation, epidemiology, intervention studies and health systems research. The IJTLD is dedicated to the continuing education of physicians and health personnel and the dissemination of information on tuberculosis and lung health world-wide.

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