Rapid Diagnostic Tests: Measuring a Breakthrough


This project is about the numbers and stories behind rapid diagnostic tests: how much money, time and lives do they save?

  • €9,500 Budget in Euros
  • 2016 Final release date
  • 6 Round winner
  • 4 Locations
  • 4 Durations in months

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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