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The national Public Health Reference Laboratory (PHL) is a “stand alone laboratory” and its functions are well beyond the health sector.  It started its operations in 1988 and by the year 2011, the PHL became an umbrella designation for 6 distinct laboratories:

1. HIV Reference Laboratory

2. Nutrition Laboratory

3. National TB Central Reference Laboratory

4. Biochemistry

5. Microbiology

6. Parasitology


Its functional roles extend to actively support to the public sector, CHAM, private sector and the academia, including the University of Malawi (mostly Chancellor College; Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) and College of Medicine (COM) and other non-government organizations.