Diagnosis is the first step on the path to treatment and the foundation of disease control and prevention. As William Osler, sometimes described as the father of modern medicine, said in 1892: “There are three phases to treatment: diagnosis, diagnosis and diagnosis.”
Diagnostic tests guide clinical decision-making. By helping to ensure the use of appropriate treatments, diagnostics improve the efficiency of health care spending, and help us to fight antimicrobial resistance by guiding the appropriate use of antibiotics.
Diagnostic tests are also the foundation of disease surveillance and elimination.
About us - Vision & mission
FIND is an international non-profit organization that enables the development and delivery of much-needed diagnostic tests for poverty-related diseases, including tuberculosis, malaria, sleeping sickness, hepatitis C, HIV, leishmaniasis, Buruli ulcer and Chagas disease.
FIND acts as a bridge between experts in technology development, policy and clinical care, reducing barriers to innovation and effective implementation of diagnostic solutions in low- and middle-income countries.
FIND has active collaborations with more than 150 partners, including research institutes, academia, health ministries and disease control programmes, commercial partners, the World Health Organization, bilateral and multilateral organizations, and clinical trial sites.
Over the last 12 years, FIND has supported the development of 11 new diagnostic tests that address diseases of poverty. FIND has also established critical resources for the development of many other tests, including specimen banks, critical reagents, product profiles and policy briefs that provide better visibility on pressing diagnostic needs. FIND’s work in these areas reflects a willingness to address market entry barriers for diagnostics globally.
FIND also supports the appropriate use of diagnostics in many countries through training programmes, quality assurance programmes and laboratory strengthening.
Our vision & mission
Our vision: A world where diagnosis guides the way to health for all people
Our mission: Turning complex diagnostic challenges into simple solutions to overcome diseases of poverty and transform lives
- Our vision & mission
Developing a new diagnostic test is only the first step on the path to a diagnostic solution.
Creating value in global public health depends on the transformation of innovative ideas into tangible changes. New diagnostic tests need help to have the greatest possible impact on the health of communities.
At FIND, we focus on providing diagnostic solutions to maximise the health impact of diagnostic tests: linking affordable, easy-to-use tests with effective treatment and with disease surveillance, control and elimination efforts.
Diagnostic solutions are holistic–they include tests that are proven to meet priority medical needs, accompanied by a suite of actions that improve access to and use of those tests.
Such solutions simplify diagnosis for patients, clinicians and national health programmes. They include the means for connectivity, to enable the use of mobile technology for rapid delivery of test results. And they enable more efficient health-care spending.
Four strategic pillars guide our creation of diagnostic solutions:
1. Catalyse development: Identify needed diagnostic solutions and remove barriers to their development
2. Guide use & inform policy: Lead products through the clinical trials pathway to global policy on use and market entry
3. Accelerate access: Support uptake and appropriate use of diagnostics to achieve health impact
4. Shape agenda: Improve understanding of the value of diagnostics and strengthen commitment to their funding and use