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The WHO and FIND announce formal collaboration to improve universal access to essential diagnostics

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) have announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding that will formalise a strategic collaboration to strengthen diagnosis in resource-poor countries. The agreement will run until 2025 initially and will aim to provide the building blocks required to enable a move toward a country-led diagnostics alliance. 


The two organisations will work together to close major diagnostic gaps at country-level and boost disease surveillance. Initially, the focus will be on demand-driven access to essential diagnostics and the development of national Essential Diagnostics Lists. Data will be harnessed to help countries scale-up their diagnosis strategies as they strive for universal health coverage. 


Diagnosis is a vital part of any country's healthcare system but in lower-income countries, accessing diagnostics can be a challenge. 


Catharina Boehme, CEO of FIND, hailed the unique and unprecedented opportunity to expand the role and impact of diagnostics, saying that the ambition is to ensure that "all patients, providers and decision-makers have access to the diagnostic solutions needed for optimal health outcomes."


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