The dependence of many countries on a limited set of global suppliers and manufacturers, primarily based in Asia, North America, and Europe, has highlighted a lack of resilience in many health systems and resulted in pronounced inequity in access to diagnostics, which are critical for the detection and management of diseases of epidemic and pandemic potential.
The session aims to convene regional stakeholders from across the diagnostics value chain to share current and planned initiatives that will build upon the efforts of African institutions and contribute to fostering African-led innovation and strengthening local manufacturing capacity on the continent. Please join us to hear discussions around commitments that will contribute to building an ecosystem that is designed to assure suppliers of locally made diagnostic products that there is a favorable market available for their products. Simultaneously, it aims to instill trust among policymakers and procurers, ensuring that locally made products are both affordable and produced following stringent manufacturing practices, with a particular focus on quality management system (QMS) standards.
Jointly hosted by FIND and Unitaid