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Why are diagnostics critical in global health?

Diagnostic technologies not only play a key role in clinical settings, but are increasingly pivotal in monitoring transmission and enhancing the efficiency of control and elimination efforts. This is particularly relevant in resource-poor settings where both diagnostic and treatment capacity is limited.

What is the role of modelling diagnostics in global health?

Modelling can be used to capture the impact that improved diagnostics can have in global health efforts by identifying optimal diagnostic target product profiles, investigating the use of diagnostics in a variety of contexts in which care and treatment is sought, and evaluating the role of diagnostics in reducing transmission to achieve disease elimination.

How does the Diagnostics Modelling Consortium support this role?

The Diagnostics Modelling Consortium aims to utilise modelling to guide the effective use of diagnostic technologies in resource-poor settings.

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Aims and Objectives

The Consortium’s key aims are:
  • to highlight the role diagnostics play in delivering effective and efficient responses to major global health issues
  • share lessons learned across key infectious disease areas relevant to global health strategies on the use of modelling to inform diagnostic development


Diagnostics Modelling Consortium activities are coordinated centrally by a Secretariat based in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Imperial College London, led by Prof. Azra Ghani.  The Secretariat is responsible for the overall management and day-to-day coordination of activities to support the research agendas of the core projects, with modelling activities undertaken by consortium partners from a range of leading global research units and institutions in close collaboration with programme officers at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Imperial College London


The Diagnostics Modelling Consortium is supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


The World Heath Organisation, The World Bank


The World Heath Organisation, The World Bankand others.