Can diagnostic devices strengthen health systems in resource-limited settings? DiaDev draws on tools from social anthropology to answer this question in contexts of primary health care, laboratory strengthening and disease elimination.
Point-of-care diagnostic devices are increasingly recognised as critical to meeting global health priorities. A new generation of rapid and portable devices that detect the presence of pathogens and biomarkers in a drop of blood, sweat or urine, opens up the possibility of laboratory quality testing reaching resource-limited settings.
The DiaDev project, Investigating the Design and Use of Diagnostic Devices in Global Health, explores the emergent role that diagnostic devices are playing in the transformation of health systems in low and middle-income countries. Drawing on novel conceptual and methodological tools from social anthropology, it investigates the social, cultural and technical processes involved in developing, deploying and using diagnostic devices in resource-limited settings.
Through the telling of diagnostic stories, the mapping of diagnostic infrastructures, and collaborations with stakeholders, DiaDev identifies the lessons that can be drawn from the successes and failures of point-of-care diagnostic devices in the places where they are developed and deployed. The project aims to improve our understanding of relationships between technological innovation and health systems strengthening, with a view to guiding global health policy.
Fleming Fellows Social Science and Methods Toolkit Workshop
The Social Life of Diagnostics
Alice Street » The limits of medical heroism: reflections on Getting to Zero
Ebola vaccines, evidentiary charisma and the rise of global health emergency research
Eva Vernooij » Ebola Afterlives
Getting to Zero: The role of diagnostics in the elimination of infectious diseases'
Laboratory Futures: The role of point-of-care devices in Sierra Leone
Panel Discussion: Acute and Febrile Illnesses: Needs and Priorities
DiaDev Launch: Diagnostics in Global Health
Shona Jane Lee » The Essential Diagnostics List: bridging the gap between device and diagnosis
Biomedicine in an unstable place: infrastructure and personhood in a Papua New Guinea Hospital