The Arbovirus Diagnosis Laboratory Network of the Americas (RELDA)

The Network of Arbovirus Diagnostic Laboratories of the Americas began as the Dengue Laboratory Network of the Americas in 2008. Its main objective was to strengthen scientific and technical capacities, as well as establish standardized laboratory protocols for dengue diagnosis. This approach included the implementation of an action framework in participating countries to introduce a regional research agenda and a quality management system in the involved laboratories. Furthermore, it sought to integrate the available scientific and technical capacities in the region to ensure a timely response to dengue outbreaks, epidemics, and regional contingencies.