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[Comment] Laboratory medicine in low-income and middle-income countries: progress and challenges

Laboratory medicine is essential for disease detection, surveillance, control, and management.1 However, access to quality-assured laboratory diagnosis has been a challenge in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs) resulting in delayed or inaccurate diagnosis and ineffective treatment with consequences for patient safety.1 In the new Lancet Series2–4 on pathology and laboratory medicine (PALM) in LMICs, Michael Wilson and colleagues2 provide a comprehensive analysis of the challenges and gaps that limit access to PALM services.