[Ip-health] SAVE THE DATE: UNITAID Symposium at the 61st ASTMH in Atlanta – 12 November, 10:15am – 12:00pm

unitaid unitaid at who.int
Tue Oct 16 06:37:22 PDT 2012

61st ASTMH Annual Meeting
Rapid tests, rational treatment: current challenges, future prospects
and potential impact in scaling-up access to diagnostic testing for malaria
UNITAID Symposium
Monday 12 November 2012
10:15 am -12:00 pm
Marriott – Marquis A
Atlanta, GA, USA
New international targets for universal access to malaria diagnosis have elevated malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) to be among the most decentralized diagnostic tests used worldwide. However, challenges to scaling-up access to RDTs persist, including a lack of incentives for providers to stock RDTs, low demand due to lack of awareness, unaffordability, and lack of confidence in test results, and stock-outs due to supply chain weaknesses and short shelf life. This symposium will address these challenges and explore how investments in malaria RDT scale-up can be tailored to achieve maximum impact.
Brenda Waning, Coordinator, Market Dynamics, UNITAID
Wellington Oyibo, Associate Professor, University of Lagos College of Medicine, Nigeria
Alexandra Cameron, Technical Officer, Market Dynamics, UNITAID Malaria Diagnostics Landscape
Jessica Cohen, Assistant Professor of Global Health, Harvard School of Public Health Practical realities of scaling up use in the private retail sector
Justin Cohen, Senior Technical Advisor, Malaria Control Team, Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) Balancing trade-offs along the pathway to good malaria case management
Shunmay Yeung, Senior Lecturer, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) Scaling-up access to malaria diagnosis, country experiences and perspectives
Lawrence Barat, Senior Malaria Advisor, President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI)
Jane Cunningham, Technical Officer, World Health Organization (WHO), Global Malaria Programme (GMP)
Esther Tallah, Director, Cameroon Coalition against Malaria
Coffee service during symposium
To register for this side event please contact Jia Si Duan at duanj at unitaid.who.int
World Health Organization - 20, avenue Appia
CH-1211 Geneva 27 - Switzerland

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