A report drafted following a meeting organized by the IAP for Health and the Academy of Medical Sciences UK has called for greater attention in developing rapid diagnostic tests for diseases such as Ebola and SARS. Underlining that the tests should be as efficient as the most common pregnancy test, the authors suggest that progress is hindered by financial priority setting.
The workshop on Rapid Diagnostics was held in London on 21 November 2016 with the participation of 56 experts nominated by member academies from the UK, Nigeria, Morocco, Guatemala, Uganda, Philippines, Brazil, Malaysia, Bangladesh and Trinidad and Tobago. The workshop was organised by the Academy of Medical Sciences and the InterAcademy Partnership for Health with funding from the UK Global Challenges Research Fund.
A press release available is here.