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First field-based molecular diagnostic test for African sleeping sickness in sight
Date:9/15/2011

hat this ground-breaking platform will be used to detect sleeping sickness," said Giorgio Roscigno, CEO of FIND. "As this new technology becomes more embedded in health systems in developing countries, we expect to see increased uptake of LAMP for other neglected tropical diseases as well."

FIND and Eiken have been working in partnership over the past six years to develop LAMP for a range of diseases, including TB, HAT and malaria. This is in line with FIND's focus on developing multi-purpose platform technologies that can be used by health workers to detect many diseases with a single instrument.

Acceleration of field testing of LAMP for human African trypanosomiasis paves the way for FIND and partners to collect the evidence necessary for the World Health Organization to make an informed judgment on the global policy implications of this new test.

"With the support of our partners and funders, FIND has already been able to bring 5 new diagnostic technologies through WHO approval," said Roscigno. "This is a testament to the power of uniting the public and private sectors to combat poverty-related diseases. Together, we are helping to bring the world one step closer to freedom from sleeping sickness, and other neglected tropical diseases."


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