The International Diagnostics Centre, Africa-Cameroon
The International Diagnostics Centre(IDC) Africa is part of an international network of centres with focus on diagnostics. It is based in Cameroon and hosted by the Favour Low Cost Health Care Foundation(FALCOH).
As part of the network of IDCs, we envision a world where every person has access to the quality diagnostics, they need to maximise their chances of a healthy life. Other IDCs are located in the United Kingdom (hosted by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), the United States (hosted by the Global Health Impact Group), Canada, Latin America, Australia and China. The mission of the IDCs is to facilitate the development, evaluation and implementation of accessible, quality assured in-vitro diagnostics (IVDs) for global health through information sharing and advocacy.
There are significant efforts underway to accelerate the development, evaluation, and implementation of diagnostics for global health, but the market for those products is inefficient. Information is at best asynchronous; there is no single, easily-accessed repository of information, including best practices, for market participants. There is also a lack of impartial and timely dialogue between public and private stakeholders that could advance the implementation, uptake and sustainability of new IVDs.
Through a collaboration with FALCOH, the IDC Africa based in Cameroon has the following key interests:
• To work with the Africa CDC and ASLM to improve on the clinic-lab interface in Africa,
• Work with other IDCs, partners and stakeholders to accelerate regulatory approval for in-vitro diagnostics in Africa,
• Work with other IDCs, Africa CDC and other key stakeholders to organize the Advanced Course in Diagnostics (ACDx) in Anglophone and Francophone Africa,
• Develop strategies to promote the uptake of diagnostics tests that can be used to reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescription in Africa,
• Develop community-based strategies to increase access to quality assured diagnostics in Africa.