The types of tests used to monitor health can be expensive. Alternative ways of assessing patient health and making decisions about treatment and care are an important aspect of health care in resource-limited settings. This can include taking a detailed patient history and performing a physical examination.

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  • Point-of-care HIV tests elude poor countries

    High costs and logistic hurdles have delayed the rollout of point-of-care (POC) diagnostic tests for HIV in resource-poor countries where they are urgently needed, experts say.

    31 March 2014 | Sci Dev Net
  • Is Viral Load Testing for HIV a Realistic Strategy in Developing Countries?

    Are the new WHO recommendations realistic for low-income countries? If not, what needs to be done to achieve better access to technologies for viral load monitoring in resource-poor settings?

    28 February 2014 | PLOS Blogs
  • Mylan Announces CE Mark for MyT4™ Point-of-Care CD4 Diagnostic Test

    Mylan, Inc. today announced that Zyomyx's MyT4™ point-of-care CD4 diagnostic test has received the CE Certificate of Conformity in the European Union, an important step toward launching this innovative test and expanding access to affordable, accessible and reliable diagnostics for people living with HIV globally.

    10 January 2014 | Mylan
  • Viral load tests 'could transform HIV treatment failure'

    Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is calling for an increased use of viral load monitoring to improve treatment outcomes of HIV patients, in its latest study on testing in Africa. Of those suspected of treatment failure after standard HIV tests such as white cell counts and clinical signs, as many as 70 per cent could be unnecessarily switched to more toxic treatments because these tests can falsely suggest their first-line treatment is failing, MSF’s study reports.

    02 January 2014 |
  • 'Samba' viral load machine a boost for HIV patients in Malawi

    Viral load testing becomes easier and quicker, improves life in remote rural areas.

    02 January 2014 |
  • Finding new ways to make viral load testing cheaper

    As the number of people receiving HIV treatment rises, and more people become eligible for treatment, the prohibitive cost of viral load tests will have to come down, and donors should use their purchasing power to push for better prices, said medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in a report released at the 17th International AIDS Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa.

    13 December 2013 | IRIN
  • IPRs An Issue In Latest HIV Treatment Monitoring Test, Group Says

    Intellectual property rights represent a hurdle to lower-priced, high quality tests of HIV treatment monitoring in developing countries, public health group Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF, Doctors without Borders) said today.

    11 December 2013 | Intellectual Property Watch
  • Malawi's success story in reducing HIV infection

    Through dispensing antiretroviral drugs and monitoring their effectiveness, Malawi has slashed deaths and infection rates

    02 December 2013 | The Guardian
  • Technology can help shift the HIV response to the community level

    "Already moving HIV prevention and treatment to the community level has saved hundreds of millions of dollars in the countries that have made this move, avoided thousands of unnecessary hospitalisations and allowed much more rapid diagnosis and treatment for millions,” said Dr Broun. “Further cost-savings can be gained if we move laboratory-based diagnosis to communities by using technology adapted for the point of care.”

    28 November 2013 | UNITAID
  • Ugandan App for Pain-Free Malaria Test

    Matibabu uses a custom-made portable device called a matiscope, which is connected to a smartphone, to do a rapid diagnostic test. The user’s finger is inserted into the matiscope, and the application uses a red light to penetrate the skin and detect the red blood cells.

    13 August 2013 | Inter Press Service
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