Without diagnostics, medicine is blind. And yet, diagnostics receive much less attention than vaccines and drugs. Despite recent investments in global health diagnostics, the potential for diagnostics to generate value for patients and health systems has not been met across all settings, particularly in low-and middle-income countries where disease burdens are high, and diagnosis remains a big gap in care cascades. In this new community, professionals ranging from clinicians, nurses, policy-makers, researchers, implementers, advocates and health educators share questions, successes, and lessons learned to advance the field of global health diagnostics.

The Global Health Diagnostics community is sponsored by FIND, McGill Global Health Programs, and McGill International TB Centre, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Community moderators

Jim Gallarda
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Madhukar Pai
McGill University

Recent community activity

Earlier diagnosis of (pediatric) cancers by CHWs

by Joris Van Dam

Dear All, The other day I ran into an exciting and energizing global health entrepreneur, whose initiatives I thought might be of interest to this forum. Cr Bea Bakshi and her colleagues have been developing and assessing in the UK a novel tool for earlier diagnosis in cancer - particularly ... read more

Updated: 20 Nov, 2017
Replies: 0

Multiplex Respiratory Virus Testing for Antimicrobial Stewardship

LAKSHMI VEMU replied

Dear Dr. Saluja, That would be a very good way of educating clinicians on what tests to order and the right way of interpretation. As you are aware, several assays that are redundant or not applicable are being used without any indications. I definitely support your valuable suggestion. read more

Updated: 19 Nov, 2017
Replies: 3

CheXNet: Radiologist-Level Pneumonia Detection on Chest X-Rays with Deep Learning

by Madhukar Pai

Pleases see this interesting study https://arxiv.org/abs/1711.05225 The Stanford team developed an algorithm that can detect pneumonia from chest X-rays and found that CheXNet exceeds average radiologist performance on pneumonia detection on both sensitivity and specificity. We extend CheXNet to detect all 14 diseases in ChestX-ray14 and achieve state of the ... read more

Updated: 19 Nov, 2017
Replies: 0

Global Investments in Tuberculosis Research and Development

by Madhukar Pai

All, At the Moscow Ministerial Meeting on TB, WHO released a policy brief that aims to articulate a coherent vision of the research needs to end TB and elaborates on the funding and structural requirements that are necessary to operationalize this vision. URL: http://www.who.int/tb/publications/2017/Global_Investments_in_Tuberculosis_Re... Also see this related blog post ... read more

Updated: 17 Nov, 2017
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New community members

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Francis Mhimbira

Affiliated Organizations

Ifakara Health Institute

Work Locations

Tanzania, United Republic of

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Admasu Tenna Mamuye

Affiliated Organizations

Addis Ababa University Faculty of Medicine

Work Locations

Ethiopia

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Frank Onyambu

Affiliated Organizations

University of Nairobi

Work Locations

Kenya