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New York Times: For First Time, WHO Names Some Lab Tests ‘Essential’

by Madhukar Pai

Hi All, Please see this New York Times story on the WHO Essential Dx List! https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/21/health/who-essential-diagnostics-list.html It is great to see diagnostics get some attention (finally!). Please share. Best Madhu read more

Updated: 21 May, 2018
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Manage TB, an online course on tuberculosis

by Madhukar Pai

Manage TB is an online course designed to provide basic information about TB and its management. The participants will be provided with an overview of the extent of the TB burden globally and nationally, its pathogenesis, diagnostic modalities, treatment regimens, prevention strategies and efforts towards TB elimination. National and International ... read more

Updated: 21 May, 2018
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Ultrasound in rural India

by Madhukar Pai

Please see this interesting article on the need to balance the benefits of ultrasound technology with the potential for misuse (sex selection): http://ijme.in/articles/ultrasound-in-rural-india-a-failure-of-the-best-intentions/ PDF is attached. read more

Updated: 20 May, 2018
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Health care is an essential human right – and so is a proper diagnosis

Sandeep Saluja replied

Entirely endorse Madhu's views on it.However,governments are unlikely to pick it up since this is not vote catching with the masses read more

Updated: 17 May, 2018
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Next-generation diagnostics with CRISPR

by Madhukar Pai

Please see this interesting article in Science on development of next-generation diagnostics applying CRISPR-Cas biology. Best Madhu read more

Updated: 16 May, 2018
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WHO list of essential IVDs

Dr. Khin Yi Oo replied

Dear Anita, Thank you for your information. This is very useful for us. I will share them with the National counterparts. I retired as Deputy Director responsible for Public Health Microbiology at the National Health Laboratory, Yangon. And just after retirement, I joined Clinton Health Access Initiative CHAI, Myanmar as ... read more

Updated: 16 May, 2018
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Point of care HCV detection Kits

Emmanuel Fajardo replied

Dear Amit, For India specifically, in principle, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) should have a list of approved HCV tests (both point-of-care and laboratory-based), have you checked? I think their list is not updated but I think it's worthwhile contacting them and inquire. http://www.cdsco.nic.in/forms/Default.aspx I think FIND was ... read more

Updated: 09 May, 2018
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Paediatric Quality of TB Care Standards

Desalegn Addise Getahun replied

Dear Dr. Toyin Togun, Thank you very much​ for the information. read more

Updated: 08 May, 2018
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New TB tools need to be affordable in the private sector: The case study of Xpert MTB/RIF

by Madhukar Pai

Please see this new paper, which includes updated data on what patients pay for Xpert MTB/RIF testing in the private health sector in highly privatized health markets. It is an update of a previous study (Puri et al. Lancet GH 2016). The results show that Xpert continues to be expensive ... read more

Updated: 07 May, 2018
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Internship opportunities at Stop TB Partnership, Geneva

by Madhukar Pai

Please see this terrific opportunity to work with some smart people at the Stop TB Partnership on innovative financing mechanisms for TB, supply chain issues in diagnostics/drugs, etc. https://jobs.unops.org/Pages/ViewVacancy/VADetails.aspx?id=15504 These are paid internships. Deadline is 15-May-2018 Best Madhu read more

Updated: 04 May, 2018
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