PerkinElmer Helps Egypt's Ministry of Health and Population Build World's Largest Newborn Screening Laboratory
State-of-the-art centralized newborn screening laboratory expands nationwide access to neonatal screening and improves screening times for a common congenital condition
PerkinElmer, together with its distribution partner HVD
Vertriebs GMBH, built the
The new laboratory will be the world's largest in terms of the number of
newborn patient samples processed by a single facility, as part of an
improved national newborn health screening program for congenital
hypothyroidism, a serious condition which affects up to one in 1,400
babies born in the
"Egypt's population is growing faster than any other country in the
Halme added, "The significant upgrade of Egypt's national screening system will provide critical early insights into the health of newborns with advanced testing and ultimately, opportunities for earlier intervention when necessary. Test results will also be stored in a central database, providing Egyptian healthcare professionals with timely information and improved population health insights."
The screening service analyzes blood samples collected from newborns via
a quick heel-prick test at more than 4,000 Primary Health Care (PHC)
facilities located throughout the 29 Egyptian governorates. The MOHP
started the national neonatal screening program for congenital
hypothyroidism more than 10 years ago. The great success of this program
is the result of a committed collaboration between the PHC sector and
the Central Laboratory and Health Insurance Sectors of the MOHP.
Until now, testing was performed at 14 separate laboratories,
geographically dispersed throughout
Congenital hypothyroidism is a thyroid-specific hormone deficiency that
is detectible at birth, with some of the highest incidence rates
reported in the
PerkinElmer's distribution partner, HVD
Vertriebs GMBH, and its subsidiary in
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