Advancing appropriate and accessible
PATH’s goal to improve the health of people around the world by advancing technologies, strengthening systems, and encouraging healthy behaviors forms the foundation of the Diagnostics Program’s approach to each diagnostic project. The Diagnostics Program is at the forefront of solutions helping to advance PATH’s goal by bringing the opportunity to diagnose and treat a disease at the point-of-care for people living in rural and urban low-resource settings.
Many families living in developing countries do not have access to the facilities, resources, or health clinics that would help them prevent, diagnose, or treat a disease. But by advancing point-of-care tools and technologies designed specifically for use in low-resource area, the Diagnostics Program creates solutions that enable health innovations to reach people throughout the world.
The development of affordable, portable, easy-to-use diagnostics with a user-oriented perspective that focuses on the needs of the people requires many steps. Taking the three key phases of PATH’s product introduction framework—to innovate, introduce, and integrate—the Diagnostics Program is able to advance a concept of health care to actual product implementation and use.
Within this site you will have an opportunity to look at our active research and development projects in the areas of HIV & STIs, malaria, noncommunicable disease, neglected tropical disease, and tuberculosis and understand more of the various ways that PATH is achieving its goal. These projects demonstrate the development of tests that are accurate, provide results in minutes, require little or no processing, and are culturally acceptable, putting health care in the hands of the people who need it and making a world where innovation ensures that health is within reach for everyone.