• Rapid Diagnostic Tests: Measuring a Breakthrough

    The stories behind a revolution in the diagnosis of Malaria, Ebola or Zika

This project analyzes how Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDT) are improving health standards in developing countries. Nowadays, it takes days or weeks for people living in places such as rural Africa to be diagnosed with a disease. Blood samples have to be delivered to health centers hundreds of kilometres away, and sometimes with sub-standard clinical procedures. RDTs, similar to a pregnancy test, can offer results within 20 minutes and don't require specialized staff or medical training.

We want to check where RDTs are manufactured, who are the key players, how they are deployed (or not) in developing countries and which aspects are critical for their procurement. Also, we will feature stories on how Brazil is running against the clock to find a diagnostic test for Zika, a disease that has infected more than a million people -specially the most vulnerable- in just a few months, or how Sierra Leone is using RDTs to extinguish the Ebola outbreak and control malaria.


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Project information

  • Locations
    Rio de Janeiro - Brazil, Freetown - Sierra Leone, Geneva - Switzerland, CCS - Venezuela
  • Duration
    4 months
  • Release date
    April 2016
  • Budget
    € 9500
  • Round