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Table 1 Characteristics of participating primary HFs

From: “This thing of testing our blood is really very important”: a qualitative study of primary care laboratory services in Tete Province, Mozambique

  Mean target population Access and mean distance from provincial capital Mean number and range of health personnel Service package Laboratory capacity
HFs with a laboratory (A, B, C) 35.577
range: 7.066 – 52.109
232 km, partly by dirt road 6
range: 4–9
All HFs: outpatient care, maternity, HIV and tuberculosis treatment, pharmacy; one with inpatient services; All HFs:
• Haemoglobin
• manual leucocytes count in peripheral blood smear
• Rapid Plasma Reagin
• Ziehl-Nielson
• thick blood smear
• microscopy for urine and faeces parasitology
• rapid tests for HIV, malaria
• T-cells Cluster of Differentiation 4 (Alere Pima™, resident in one HF and regular outreach visits in the two others)
• Polymerase Chain Reaction of HIV DNA sample collection for referral
One HF with blood transfusion service
HFs without a laboratory (D, E, F) 34.222
range: 8.348 – 51.380
155 km, partly by dirt road 5
range: 4–6
All HFs: outpatient care, maternity, tuberculosis treatment; two with HIV treatment; one with pharmacy All HFs:
• rapid tests for HIV, malaria
• T-cells Cluster of Differentiation 4 (Alere Pima™, regular outreach visits)
• Polymerase Chain Reaction of HIV DNA sample collection for referral
One HF with haemoglobin test