In vitro diagnostics and laboratory technology

Contributions to Millennium Development Goals

MDGs requiring support in the areas of in vitro diagnostics and laboratory services

Progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals to reduce morbidity and mortality related to HIV/AIDS, malaria and other major diseases has been slow, partly because of lack of access to quality medicines and appropriate health technologies, in particular in vitro diagnostics and laboratory services. Antiretroviral therapy, tuberculosis treatment and anti-malarial therapy are becoming increasingly available in many resource-limited settings as a result of global efforts, however, the same attention has not been given to the provision of appropriate and affordable in vitro diagnostics.

The Millennium Development Goals cannot be reached unless the HIV status of more individuals in resource-limited settings can be diagnosed. Without diagnostic tools, safe and effective drug treatment, prevention of resistance to antiretroviral therapy and monitoring of resistance are not possible.

The Prequalification team - Diagnostics provides countries with the appropriate technical support, tools and guidance on the provision of in vitro diagnostics and laboratory services in ways which strengthen health systems consistent with the values of Primary Health Care.

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Highlights

  • Newsletter Issue 10, Q2 2015
    pdf, 490kb

    This issue includes the new streamlined approach, abbreviated procedure, interested in Ebola? Find what the WHO PQ Dx team has been doing in the field of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) IVDs.

Events

  • HOLD THE DATE!
    The 2015 Joint WHO-UNICEF-UNFPA meeting with pharmaceutical and diagnostics manufacturers and suppliers will be held in Copenhagen during the week of 23-27 November
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Contact us

Prequalification Team - Diagnostics
Regulation of Medicines and other Health Technologies
Department of Essential Medicines and Health Products
(HIS/EMP/RHT/PQT)
World Health Organization
20 Avenue Appia
1211, Geneva 27
Switzerland
diagnostics@who.int