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MSF welcomes passage of Planet Wellness Assembly resolution to assist improve access to illness testing | Medical doctors With no Borders


May 26, 2023

NEW YORK/GENEVA, Might 26, 2023—The international health-related humanitarian organization Medical doctors With no Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) welcomes today’s passage of a resolution at the 76th annual United Nations Planet Wellness Assembly to strengthen countries’ diagnostic testing capacity. With virtually half of the worldwide population possessing tiny or no access to illness testing, this resolution is an necessary step towards enhancing worldwide access to diagnostic tools, mentioned MSF. Rising access to testing for a range of ailments is crucial as it is essential in order to place persons on the very best health-related treatment options probable.

The resolution was proposed by Indonesia and governments in Africa. Now all nations should instantly take the essential measures to implement the resolution, like guaranteeing that necessary diagnostic tools and tests—like these for tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS—are inexpensive and accessible nationwide. One particular way to do this is by supporting the regional production of diagnostic tools and tests in low- and middle-revenue nations (LMICs).

Dr. Salha Issoufou, director of operations for MSF-West and Central Africa, mentioned currently:

“Timely access to the ideal testing tools is a single of the most crucial components of any health-related intervention to curb an outbreak and save lives. It is encouraging to see access to testing getting discussed at a worldwide level.

“We are typically faced with an absence or restricted availability of tests, as there are typically just no tests on the marketplace that are adapted for the remote, emergency circumstances we operate in. So, we finish up sending samples to faraway laboratories—if there are any—which can imply weeks or months of waiting just before having final results. Delays like this can imply delayed responses to outbreaks and lives getting unnecessarily lost. This is unacceptable.

“The point is, it does not have to be this way the COVID-19 pandemic showed us that speedy, quick-to-use diagnostic tests can be abundantly accessible, as they had been to wealthy nations at the front of the queue.

“We urge all governments to make positive every person has access to lifesaving tests by swiftly adopting Planet Wellness Organization suggestions into their national policies, creating national necessary diagnostics lists, and guaranteeing nationwide access to necessary tests for all ailments relevant to the regional context—including neglected diseases—and beyond pandemics alone.”

Stijn Deborggraeve, diagnostics advisor for MSF’s Access Campaign, mentioned currently:

“We welcome this critical resolution to strengthen diagnostics capacity, but it should not stay just ink on paper.

“To make it a reality for every person, everywhere, we urge all governments to implement the resolution and boost access to diagnostic testing by guaranteeing that excellent-assured tests are inexpensive, and by supporting the regional production of diagnostic tools, in particular in LMICs.

“Every day we see test shortages in the nations exactly where we operate, so it is clear that relying on a handful of multinational diagnostics corporations to meet regional overall health requires is not functioning. We have to have much more effective collaborations involving regional test companies and governments, like Brazil’s Bio-Manguinhos, which produces testing tools at non-profit rates to address regional overall health requires. If we hope to boost access to testing for ailments that primarily have an effect on persons in LMICs, regional production in these nations is essential.”

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