The Global Laboratory Initiative (GLI), with its secretariat at the World Health Organization (WHO) Global TB Programme, is pleased to release a Planning and Budgeting Tool for TB and Drug Resistant TB Testing for calculation of quantities and costs of diagnostic products and laboratory supplies. The tool references product numbers and prices in the Stop TB Partnership Global Drug Facility (GDF) Diagnostics, Medical Devices, and other Health Products Catalog.
The toolkit includes a semi-automated, editable, Excel-based calculation tool and an accompanying User Guide that explains editable fields and methods for calculation of goods within each Excel worksheet. Importantly, tool calculations take country-specific epidemiology and diagnostic algorithms into account when considering each user’s diagnostic product and laboratory supply needs. Worksheets with calculation tables are included for all WHO recommended diagnostic and drug susceptibility testing methods as well as items related to biosafety, cleaning, equipment maintenance and repair.
The tool presents users with an automated annual Budget Summary that provide users with an overview of items for testing, cleaning, and biosafety as well as maintenance and repair costs. Lastly, an automated annual Laboratory Items Summary provides a list of all items to be purchased and associated total costs based on user inputs.