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Laboratory Futures: The role of point-of-care devices in Sierra Leone

On March 4th 2019, we brought together national-level policy makers, scientists and local experts in the field of laboratory medicine to discuss the role of point-of-care diagnostic devices in outbreaks and their integration with health care systems in Sierra Leone. The meeting featured short presentations by policy makers, biomedical and social scientists, as well as panel discussions with Sierra Leonean laboratory scientists and health workers who shared their first-hand experiences of using rapid diagnostic tests during the Ebola outbreak. Our keynote address came from Dr Isatta Wurie, head of laboratory medicine at College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS).