Volume 87 Issue 11 | pp. 50-53
Issue Date: March 16, 2009

Making Diagnostics Affordable

Nonprofits and academics work toward tests that meet the needs of the developing world
Department: Science & Technology

DIAGNOSTIC TESTS are an integral part of the health care system in developed countries. When we’re sick, we assume our doctors will order lab tests to help them figure out the problem.

But people in developing countries can’t count on such tests being available. In limited-resource settings there are many barriers to using them, not least of which is cost.

A number of academic researchers and nonprofit organizations are taking on the challenge of developing . . .

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