Geneva, 25 June 2012 — 2nd Edition of UNITAID Diagnostic Technology Landscape Report Published
The second edition of the UNITAID Diagnostic Technology Landscape is now available online. First published in June 2011, the report has proven a critical tool for those interested in understanding the pipeline for HIV point-of-care diagnostics, including global health institutions, health care providers, investors, and developers. The 2012 edition represents UNITAID’s continued effort to map the landscape of existing and pipeline products and provides updated information on progress in the development of these important technologies.
The UNITAID report provides detailed overviews of three types of products: early infant diagnostics (EID), used to detect HIV in children under 18 months; CD4, which indicates when a person with HIV should initiate treatment; and viral load, which signals when a patient needs to switch from first-line to second-line treatment. The latter is particularly important as one of the great challenges in HIV/AIDS treatment is to ensure that people who have developed resistance to conventional drug regimens are able to switch to more robust medicines in order to keep living healthy lives.
As we map progress in the point-of-care pipeline, UNITAID is also working to catalyse demand for these revolutionary technologies through two ground-breaking new projects to be carried out by UNITAID implementing partners Médecins Sans Frontières and the Clinton Health Access Initiative. As new tests emerge from the pipeline, these projects will establish best practices for their use and expedite wide availability in 10 high-prevalence African countries.
The 2nd Edition of the UNITAID Diagnostic Technology Landscape and the new point-of-care projects will be introduced at two satellite sessions at the 19th International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC this July. “The Decade of Diagnostics - 2012 Update,” will be co-hosted with WHO and Pangea on Sunday 22 July, and “Virological Monitoring: Bridging the North-South Divide,” will be co-hosted with Médecins Sans Frontières on Monday 23 July.