FIND, alongside the Global Fund, was named co-convener of the diagnostics pillar of the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-Accelerator) in 2020.
Traditional models of diagnostic testing are often characterized by a centralized approach, particularly true in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). However, there are several common barriers to centralized testing.
FIND is part of the process to remedy this, and this includes how the ACT-Accelerator has, since inception, worked to transform access to decentralized testing.
This FIND case study explores the process and partnerships that have driven progress across four stages:
- Accelerating innovation in research and development
- Ensuring efficient and sustainable test supplies
- Supporting robust national policy development
- Mobilizing community-based and self-testing strategies.
The study also highlights learning, impact and recommendations from a decentralized approach in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.