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The Market for Testing and Monitoring Key Diseases in East Africa

Heightened Awareness of Diagnostic Tools Boosts Market for Testing and Monitoring Key Diseases in East Africa

The high prevalence of infectious diseases, particularly HIV/AIDS and malaria, continues to receive attention from both local governments and donor agencies across East Africa. As the focus shifts to prevention and early diagnosis, lucrative opportunities abound for diagnosis and monitoring of these and other key diseases in the region.

“Healthcare professionals in the region are more aware of the value added by clinical diagnosis and are more open to the use of diagnostic tools,” notes the analyst of this research. “Government initiatives and disease management policies are emphasising more accurate diagnosis, particularly as resistance to some medicines increases, and are recommending that diseases such as malaria be diagnosed on clinical, rather than symptomatic, evidence.” The treatment of some key diseases, particularly HIV/AIDS and TB, require that medicines be continually monitored for their efficacy. As more people in the region access treatment for these diseases, continual demand for monitoring services will drive market growth.

Shortage of Technically Skilled Staff Poses a Challenge

The shortage of technically skilled personnel to perform laboratory diagnosis and monitor diseases presents a serious challenge to market prospects. Although several donor agencies and multinational companies are involved in training laboratory personnel, shortages continue to prevail, as retention of trained personnel is difficult. As a result, medical laboratories are often understaffed with many patients being diagnosed based on symptoms, as laboratory results take too long to be processed.

“In a market that is not only crucial for the management of diseases, but one that also presents lucrative opportunities, it is important that technical skills are retained,” remarks the analyst. “It is important to understand and address the main underlying issues of why trained personnel prefer to leave their countries of origin.” Incentives may offer a way to retain technically skilled personnel in the region.

Market Sectors

Expert Frost & Sullivan analysts thoroughly examine the following market sectors in this research:

- Malaria
- TB
- Diabetes

By Country:

- Kenya
- Uganda
- Tanzania

This research service was carried out on three countries in East Africa; Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The research service focuses on analysing the market opportunity for testing and monitoring of five key diseases in this region; HIV, malaria, TB, HPV and diabetes. A brief healthcare overview of each country is provided in the research. Additionally, the research also provides an overview of laboratory services in each of the three countries. A seven-year forecast of the opportunity in the market for testing and monitoring the highlighted key diseases is also provided in the research service.
1. Executive Summary

2. Market Overview

3. Total Testing and Monitoring Market

- 3.1 Testing and Monitoring Key Diseases in East Africa

- 3.2 External Challenges: Drivers and Restraints

- 3.3 Forecasts and Trends

- 3.4 Market Share and Competitive Analysis

4. Kenya Breakdown

5. Tanzania Breakdown

6. Uganda Breakdown

7. The Last Word

8. Appendix
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