Without diagnostics, medicine is blind. And yet, diagnostics receive much less attention than vaccines and drugs. Despite recent investments in global health diagnostics, the potential for diagnostics to generate value for patients and health systems has not been met across all settings, particularly in low-and middle-income countries where disease burdens are high, and diagnosis remains a big gap in care cascades. In this new community, professionals ranging from clinicians, policy-makers, researchers, implementers, and advocates share questions, successes, and lessons learned to advance the field of global health diagnostics.
The Global Health Diagnostics community is sponsored by FIND, McGill Global Health Programs, and McGill International TB Centre, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Dr Catharina Boehme leads FIND, an international non-profit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland that supports the development and delivery of much-needed diagnostic tests for diseases of poverty, including tuberculosis, malaria, hepatitis C, HIV and neglected tropical diseases. Since its creation in 2003, FIND has supported the delivery of 11 new tests and created an enabling environment for countless more through its specimen banks, reagent development and better market visibility. FIND’s achievements have helped increase the global prioritization of diagnostics and in many cases revolutionized the diagnostics landscape. Dr Boehme has her M.D. in Internal Medicine from Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany, and diplomas in Public Health and in Management & Leadership. Prior to joining FIND in 2005, Dr Boehme worked as programme coordinator for the Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases in Munich and established a TB research unit at Mbeya Medical Research Program in Tanzania.Affiliated Organizations