First-ever WHO list of essential diagnostic tests to improve diagnosis and treatment outcomes

By Madhukar Pai | 15 May, 2018

WHO today published its first Essential Diagnostics List, a catalogue of the tests needed to diagnose the most common conditions as well as a number of global priority diseases. It contains 113 products: 58 tests are listed for detection and diagnosis of a wide range of common conditions, providing an essential package that can form the basis for screening and management of patients. The remaining 55 tests are designed for the detection, diagnosis and monitoring of “priority” diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, hepatitis B and C, human papillomavirus and syphilis.


For TB, all WHO-endorsed TB tests are included in the EDL. PDF attached.



SOPHAN SAM Replied at 8:48 PM, 15 May 2018


Pratibha Narang Replied at 12:31 AM, 16 May 2018

Thanks Madhu for very useful update.

Mesfin Bekele Replied at 1:21 AM, 16 May 2018

Thank you very much for updating.

Leo Li Replied at 1:35 AM, 16 May 2018

Thank you for your great updates




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Mesfin Bekele replied to a discussion in MDR-TB Treatment & Prevention:

Thank you very much for updating.


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Admasu Tenna Mamuye Replied at 1:38 AM, 16 May 2018

I hope countries will take this up and ensure availability of these
essential diagnostics in a sustainable way as soon as possible.

Diagnosis is probably the most neglected aspected of patient care in many

Let’s hope that our best days are ahead of us.

Llang Bridget Maama Replied at 2:03 AM, 16 May 2018

This is great. Thank you.

Masoud Dara, MD Moderator Replied at 2:30 AM, 16 May 2018

Dear colleagues,

A kind reminder to members of the community, lets not send « thank you » replies, this saves people extra emails. Instead please participate in the discussion for example by adding your perspectives.

All the best,

Agumas Shibabaw Replied at 3:32 AM, 16 May 2018

Thank you very much for sharing!

Wessen Nega Replied at 4:24 AM, 16 May 2018

Many thanks for the document, it would be helpful to establish lab service
standad at all level of the health care system.

Alaine Umubyeyi Nyaruhirira Replied at 4:49 AM, 16 May 2018

Dear Nega

Agree , I have been involve on this process for some Country (Burundi, Rwanda) and with this new EDL will allow to revised them and align according to new available technologies and test.