Diagnostics at the Forefront of Global Health: Tackling Challenges and Optimizing Networks at the 77th World Health Assembly

Maximizing International Health – Foreign Policy

One year after the historic resolution on enhancing diagnostics, leading experts will gather at the 77th World Health Assembly in Geneva to tackle the pressing health challenges confronting our global community. Issues such as disrupted supply chains and market barriers continue to hinder access to diagnostics, particularly in low- and middle-income nations.

Urgent threats like HIV, tuberculosis, and emerging infectious diseases, as well as antimicrobial resistance (AMR), all demand precise and prompt diagnostic tests for timely treatment and care. Diagnostic network optimization (DNO) is a process that assesses gaps, constraints, and inefficiencies in healthcare networks and delivery every two to three years. However, much of the information gathered during these evaluations remains underutilized or isolated, impeding progress in improving healthcare outcomes.

On May 30th, a collaborative event between Foreign Policy and Cepheid will delve into DNO insights to enhance pathogen detection, fortify global health systems, achieve universal health coverage, and combat AMR. Attendees will explore strategies to maximize the impact of diagnostic network optimization and improve access to critical diagnostic tools.

The event will take place on May 30th, 2024, from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM CET. Join us in driving the conversation on diagnostics and contributing to the global endeavor to enhance healthcare access and outcomes.

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