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

Request for experience sharing in stool Xpert MTB/RIF test in children

by Aung Phyo Khaing

Dear All, I am from Myanmar-one of 30 highest TB-burden countries in the world. Recently, I am intending to do a research with Stool Xpert MTB/ RIF test in children with presumptive pulmonary tuberculosis. I know there are many papers concerned with this, and have read some of them. But ... read more

Updated: 25 Jul, 2019
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Fixing methods for MGIT culture smear

Kishore Reddy VC replied

Hi please try with 2% to 5% Bovine albumin as a fixative -- *Dr. Kishore Reddy VC.** PhD* * Microbiologist* International Center for Excellence in Laboratory Training-ICELT read more

Updated: 10 Jul, 2019
Replies: 2

WHO launches second Model List of In Vitro Diagnostics

by Mercedes Perez Gonzalez

The first List of Essential Diagnostics was published in 2018, concentrating on a limited number of priority diseases – HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, and hepatitis. This year’s list has expanded to include more noncommunicable and communicable diseases. Cancers: Given how critical it is to secure an early cancer diagnosis (70% of ... read more

Updated: 09 Jul, 2019
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Fwd: New opinion piece on the benefits and limitations of the TB Lam test

by Erica Lessem

FYI and apologies for cross posting ---------- Forwarded message --------- From: Laura Lopez Gonzalez Date: Tue, Jul 9, 2019 at 4:24 AM Subject: New opinion piece on the benefits and limitations of the TB Lam test To: <tb-and-disability@googlegroups.com> Hi All, This opinion piece sets out the benefits and limitations of ... read more

Updated: 09 Jul, 2019
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New community members

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Asela Ratnayake

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teaching hospital

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Sri Lanka

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Jacqueline Huwa

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Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme

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Monica Mungo

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University of Dodoma

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Tanzania, United Republic of