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Welcome to the third Global Health Diagnostics (GHD) Newsletter, an initiative designed to keep our members to date with the latest from GHD, including information on the most recent articles, discussions and website progress. All newsletters will be made available for viewing on the website as a ‘Blog’ and can be found through the ‘Community’.
Resources: A number of new resource articles have been made available, including:1. Research and Development to Meet Health Needs in Developing Countries 2. Evaluation of Tuberculosis Diagnosis in Children 3. Tuberculosis and TB/HIV/AIDS: Unanswered questions and controversies 4. Which New Diagnostics for Tuberculosis, and When?
Our library of resources is continuing to grow. Please send us your suggestions for articles and we will do our best to obtain permission to make them available to all GHD’s members.
Discussion Groups: The General Discussion Group is a forum to discuss cross-cutting topics in diagnostics. This forum is also where we post articles from news outlets and science magazines relevant to diagnostics. If you come across any exciting stories on diagnostics, you can post them here:
After two successful Discussions with Experts (Tuberculosis Serology Testing, and Control of Congenital Syphilis), we want to know what topic you would like to discuss with an expert. Send you ideas to or post them in the General Discussion Group.
Workspaces: We have added a second workspace to the website, Dried Blood Spots. Here you will find a list of protocols for using dried blood spots as an alternative to whole blood or plasma for sample collection. These protocols are available for download so please feel free to adapt these to your settings. Any comments or questions can be discussed in thi workspace.
Affordable Access: A team at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHMT) has been working on a new project- Affordable Access for in-vitro Diagnostics (IVDs). LSHTM, with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Grand Challenges Canada, is working with regulatory authorities, ministries of health and the diagnostics community to improve regulatory oversight for in-vitro diagnostic tests in the developing world. Information on the project, the objectives, and who to contact for more information can be found under “Affordable Access” on Global Health Diagnostics. As the project progresses, more information will be added to the webpage.
Upcoming Courses: The Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in Amsterdam is hosting a course on the Implementing Quality Management in Diagnostic Laboratories 1-12 October, 2012. This course is specifically targeted at laboratory managers. The deadline for applications is 17 August 2012. For more information or brochures, write to or visit the General Discussion Group on Global Health Diagnostics for a brochure and application form.
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