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Lanner has announced that the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine is using Witness simulation software to support a research programme focused on improving health systems in the developing world.

Witness will support the research programme through modelling the operational roll-out of new tuberculosis (TB) diagnostic tools.

The aim is to improve the way in which tools are utilised through better understanding of the processes.

This includes identification of bottle necks and resource requirements, together with patient and health system costs, and will help to deliver better diagnosis rates and, ultimately, reductions in sickness and mortality.

The research programme is part of a five-year initiative directed by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease under the name Treat-TB, and funded by USAID.

The initial phase of the programme will be based on data from Tanzania.

Ivor Langley, operational research analyst at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, said: ‘Witness will perform a critical role in helping to model processes that maximise the use of TB diagnostic tools, increasing diagnosis rates.

‘Simulation presents a low-cost, low-risk means of facilitating better decision-making, avoiding unintended consequences, and ensuring that precious funding for these kinds of projects is focused on the ultimate objective – improving healthcare and reducing mortality rates,’ Langley added.

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