Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics

The Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) is a nonprofit foundation, recognized by the Swiss government as an 'other' International Organization. Their headquarters are located in Geneva, Switzerland, and they have offices in Kampala (Uganda) and New Delhi (India).

Functioning health systems depend on good diagnosis

The greatest obstacle to the care and control of many diseases in the developing world is a lack of effective and appropriate diagnostic tests – reliable and inexpensive tools that can rapidly and accurately identify who is sick with which disease, so that appropriate treatment can begin promptly.

Without these tools, patients are often mis-diagnosed and the cause of their illness goes unrecognized until later stages of the disease, when the individual’s health is already compromised, drug therapies are more expensive and less effective, and it is likely that the infection has spread to others. The inability to diagnose diseases properly frustrates care providers, reduces the faith of patients in the health system and results in inappropriate care, which is then translated into a massive waste of scarce resources. Accurate and timely diagnosis is essential for individuals, communities and national health programmes.

The greatest obstacle to the care and control of many diseases in the developing world is a lack of effective and appropriate diagnostic tests – reliable and inexpensive tools that can rapidly and accurately identify who is sick with which disease, so that appropriate treatment can begin promptly.

Without these tools, patients are often mis-diagnosed and the cause of their illness goes unrecognized until later stages of the disease, when the individual’s health is already compromised, drug therapies are more expensive and less effective, and it is likely that the infection has spread to others. The inability to diagnose diseases properly frustrates care providers, reduces the faith of patients in the health system and results in inappropriate care, which is then translated into a massive waste of scarce resources.

Accurate and timely diagnosis is essential for individuals, communities and national health programmes.

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