National Priority Programme Team Awarded Prestigious Grand Challenges Canada Grant

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Through Grand Challenges Canada and the Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 22 new proposals for Point-of-Care Diagnostics that are easy to use, low cost, multiplexed, and able to assess disease stage and provide information on prognosis have been awarded funding.

A Multi-Disciplinary Point-of-Care Laboratory in an Active HIV Treatment Clinic 
Wendy Stevens of the National Health Laboratory Service and the University of Witwatersrand will lead a multi-disciplinary team to assess the safety, cost effectiveness and impact on clinical outcome of implementing point-of care testing for HIV and tuberculosis in several different clinical settings in South Africa. The aim is to create a sustainable vehicle for future point-of-care evaluation and expansion and to provide sufficient information to inform national policy decisions, bearing in mind the need for equity, affordability and accessibility.

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