Africa: HIV/Aids – New Investment in Point-of-Care Evaluation
Monday, April 1, 2013
International medicines financing mechanism UNITAID will invest more than US$140 million to evaluate point-of-care HIV diagnostic and monitoring technology in seven African countries.
New technology could help put more people living with HIV on treatment faster and improve care, UNITAID partners said at the international AIDS conference in Washington DC.
Point-of-care (PoC) technology provides health workers with access to complicated test results at the clinic level, but can also change how patients use the health system – not always for the better. The evaluation will investigate what new PoC technology will mean for patients and health systems.