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Investigating the Design and Use of Diagnostic Devices in Global Health

Objective

Many people living in resource-poor settings have never had access to the laboratory facilities or technical expertise that are needed to diagnose diseases. With the development and deployment of a new generation of affordable, easy-to-use, and portable diagnostic devices that are designed for places with no laboratory infrastructure, the global landscape of diagnosis is dramatically changing. Can portable diagnostic devices strengthen health systems in resource-poor settings? DiaDev is the first study to comprehensively address this question through comparison across multiple devices, sites of production, and contexts of use. Diagnostic technologies are often championed as universal solutions to health equity and access. This ethnographic study investigates the extent to which how diagnostic devices work and what they can achieve depends on the locally specific relationships through which they are designed and used. Five ethnographic case studies from the USA, India and Sierra Leone examine the partnerships between donors, governments, humanitarian organisations and users that characterise current models of technological innovation and implementation in global health, the processes by which diagnostic devices are integrated with health infrastructures in target settings, and the practices of knowledge production and use they entail. The ultimate aim is to generate new insight into (i) changing relationships of power between governments, donors, and business in global health, and (ii) the ways in which diagnostic devices are transforming health systems in resource-poor settings. It will produce a new context-specific and comparative framework for exploring the opportunities and challenges involved in the design and use of diagnostic devices. Through innovative collaborative methods it will also develop a set of ‘health system strengthening tools’ that will enable stakeholders to improve the design and use of these devices in dialogue with the project findings.

Host institution

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
Net EU contribution
€ 1 329 813,90
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
United Kingdom

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Region
Eastern Scotland Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Beneficiaries (4)

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 1 329 813,90
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh

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Region
Eastern Scotland Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
KING'S COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 123 563,75
Address
Strand
WC2R 2LS London

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Region
London Inner London — West Westminster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

KING'S SIERRA LEONE PARTNERSHIP LIMITED BY GUARANTEE
Sierra Leone
Net EU contribution
€ 26 180,35
Address
1st Floor Admin Building, Connaught Hospital 1 Per Street
Freetown

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Activity type
Other
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
PUBLIC HEALTH FOUNDATION OF INDIA

Participation ended

India
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Unit 431a, 4th Floor, Rectangle-1 Building Plot D-4, District Centre Saket
110017 New Delhi

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00