The Lancet Medical Journal recently published a series of three papers pertaining to pathology and laboratory medicine in low and middle income countries, a subject that is underrepresented in the global discussion about universal health coverage. This series, launched on March 15th at the CUGH Conference in New York, aims to start and accelerate global efforts to strengthen this neglected part of medicine. The first paper examines the current barriers in resource-poor settings. The second paper suggests ways of overcoming these barriers, and the third paper issues eight recommendations and calls for concerted efforts of all to ensure the provision of effective and sustainable PALM services.
Image: Authors of The Lancet's Series on Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (left to right) attend the series launch: Dr. Sanjay Pai, Prof. Susan Horton, Nick Wolf, Dr. Sabine Kleinert, Dr. John Flanigan, Dr. Shahin Sayed, Prof. Richard Sullivan, Prof. Mark Lawler, Prof. Michael Wilson, Dr. Ken Fleming