Alternative staining facilities. a: Bathroom type small wash basin for staining in some MDLs b: Provision of baby bath tubs to all MDLS which did not have appropriate staining facilities. Baby bathtubs provided were beneficial in staining slides. These have sloping sides that allow tilting of staining racks thereby preventing methanol used for fixing thin blood smears flowing onto thick smear. In laboratories where there were bathroom type wash basins (Figure 2a) which are not suitable for staining of slides these bathtubs were quite useful.