“Without diagnostics, medicine is blind.” (Alain Merieux)
The International Diagnostics Centre (IDC) envisions a world where every person has access to the quality diagnostics they need to maximise their chances of a healthy life.
The mission of the IDC at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is to facilitate the development, evaluation and implementation of accessible, quality assured in-vitro diagnostics (IVDs) for global health through information sharing and advocacy.
There are significant efforts underway to accelerate the development, evaluation, and implementation of diagnostics for global health, but the market for those products is inefficient. Information is at best asynchronous; there is no single, easily-accessed repository of information, including best practices, for market participants.
There is also a lack of impartial and timely dialogue between public and private stakeholders that could advance the implementation, uptake and sustainability of new IVDs.
The IDC seeks to make the market for diagnostics for global health more efficient by bridging the information gap in two ways:
- through its website, which is a rich digital platform of information, toolkits and e-learning, and
- by convening key stakeholders, including industry, to tackle issues and advance solutions.
The IDC brings together the wide-ranging academic and research resources of LSHTM and other stakeholders, on the one hand, and diagnostic companies, developers and international partners, on the other hand, to provide advocacy and a comprehensive website to assist those trying to design, develop and implement IVDs for global health.