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Diagnostics 2017, 7(1), 8; doi:10.3390/diagnostics7010008

Exploring the Case for a Global Alliance for Medical Diagnostics Initiative

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Department of Global Health, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA
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Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208, USA
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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, WA 98109, USA
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International Clinical Research Center, Department of Global Health, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA
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Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA
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Department of Epidemiology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA
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Department of Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 02114, USA
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Academic Editor: Sandeep Kumar Vashist
Received: 14 December 2016 / Revised: 22 January 2017 / Accepted: 22 January 2017 / Published: 26 January 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Novel Point-of-Care Technologies in Diagnostics)
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Abstract

In recent years, the private and public sectors have increased investments in medical diagnostics for low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Despite these investments, numerous barriers prevent the adoption of existing diagnostics and discourage the development and introduction of new diagnostics in LMICs. In the late 1990s, the global vaccine community had similar challenges, as vaccine coverage rates stagnated and the introduction of new vaccines was viewed as a distraction to delivering existing vaccines. To address these challenges, the international community came together and formed the Global Alliance for Vaccines Initiative (GAVI). Sixteen years after the formation of GAVI, we see evidence of a healthier global vaccine landscape. We discuss how GAVI’s four guiding principles (product, health systems strengthening, financing and market shaping) might apply to the advancement of medical diagnostics in LMICs. We present arguments for the international community and existing organizations to establish a Global Alliance for Medical Diagnostics Initiative (GAMDI). View Full-Text
Keywords: point-of-care diagnostics; global health; low- and middle-income countries; alliance point-of-care diagnostics; global health; low- and middle-income countries; alliance
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Mugambi, M.L.; Palamountain, K.M.; Gallarda, J.; Drain, P.K. Exploring the Case for a Global Alliance for Medical Diagnostics Initiative. Diagnostics 2017, 7, 8.

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