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, policy-makers, researchers, implementers, and advocates 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

Industry input on TPPs?

Simona Zompi replied

I agree with Vivian that we would bring a different perspective, especially on (1) what it takes to bring a technology from R&D to clinical use and (2) where we are at with technology and what can be realistically done in the near future. From the regulatory perspective for example, ... read more

Updated: 24 Feb, 2017
Recommendation: 1
Replies: 2

Diagnosis of Zika

Sophia Georghiou replied

Thank you, Madhu, for sharing the initial review. I have attached a link to a recent paper reporting the results of a small field trial of a point-of-care diagnostic ('ZIKV RT-RPA assay') for Zika infection in urine samples. The RT-RPA-based assay had good sensitivity (92%) high specificity (100%) for the ... read more

Updated: 24 Feb, 2017
Recommendation: 1
Replies: 11

BSL2 & 3 tuberculosis laboratoies

Rahul Narang replied

Dear Dr Abdul, It is a good news that you are contemplating setting up BSL-2 and 3 laboratories for Saudi Arabia. You may go ahead in the following process and by answering certain questions- 1. How many laboratories will be required depending upon the population and number of TB patients ... read more

Updated: 23 Feb, 2017
Recommendations: 2
Replies: 5

First results of Xpert Ultra MTB/RIF multicentre study shared at CROI

by Samuel G. Schumacher

FIND recently presented the first results from the multicentre diagnostic accuracy study of the Xpert Ultra MTB/RIF assay at the CROI Conference in Seattle. The conference abstract is available on their website at https://www.croiconference.org/sessions/multicenter-diagnostic-accuracy-study-xpert-ultra-tuberculosis-diagnosis, though we are still waiting for upload of the webcast. In the study, 1,520 patients were ... read more

Updated: 23 Feb, 2017
Recommendations: 2
Replies: 0

New community members

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Daniel Fernando Lozano Yela

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UDENAR

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Colombia

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Muhammad Mudassir

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military hospital rawalpindi

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Pakistan

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Hilda Nabiswa

Affiliated Organizations

The Aga Khan University Hospital Nairobi

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Afghanistan; Kenya